So you turn on your computer and it’s extremely slow. It takes a lot of time for your apps to open up on your computer. Your games run so slow that you can’t play them properly. Are you facing these problems? If you haven’t realized yet but an old and aging computer can give you poor performance.
In that case, you want to upgrade few components to improve performance but where exactly do you start? Which component upgrades will improve your computer’s performance?
In this article, we will go through important upgrades that will improve your computer’s performance and I will give you few extra tips.
1. Upgrading your computer’s processor (CPU)
Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the brain of the computer. It’s an electronic circuitry that handles all of the instructions you throw at it. Thus, the faster it is the faster your computer will run.
However, the CPU is the most expensive upgrade in this list and depending on your motherboard, you might face compatibility issues. It’s always a good practice to read your motherboard’s manual so you know what CPUs are compatible with your motherboard.
You can visit CPU Benchmarks which can help you compare different CPUs and their relative performance.
2. Add more RAM
The easiest way to improve your computer’s performance is by adding more RAM to your computer. This upgrade is extremely affordable and delivers the results instantly. The more RAM you have, the faster your programs will run.
If you are using your PC for simple tasks only then 4GB of RAM is enough, but if you are using it for heavier tasks or using memory hungry programs such as photo editing or video editing (Photoshop, Adobe Premiere) then go for 8GB or more for best results.
Again, check your motherboard’s manual to see what types and the speed of RAM it accepts. Always buy RAM that have the same speeds and are manufactured by the same company for maximum compatibility.
Solid State Drives (SSDs) are hard drives that have no moving parts, thus they are able to perform faster than regular hard drives. Since SSDs don’t store files magnetically, they last longer and are not susceptible to data loss.
Buying an SSD will improve the overall performance of your program and game loading times, and provide you with faster boot times. But keep in mind that it’s more expensive than regular hard drives. It’s advisable that you combine the two; you install your Operating System and programs on an SSD and store your files, pictures and videos on a regular HDD that provides large capacity.
4. Graphics Card
Upgrading your graphics card is probably the first thing you’ll do if you are a serious gamer, video editor or a 3D animator. You don’t have to upgrade your graphics card if you don’t play games, since most CPUs have integrated graphics cards. Bear in mind, that a good integrated graphics card is the equivalent of a dedicated card that is worth $100.
Updating your software or OS is essential if you want the best performance and security. But beware that new versions of programs might have bugs, so only upgrade your programs and OS if you are really sure what you are doing and they have no bugs.
Tip: I can tell you that it’s 100% safe to upgrade to Windows 10. It’s fast, secure and programs run on it smoothly without any issues.
The motherboard is the last thing you want to upgrade, since all of the components attach to it. You might end up with compatibility issues and end up replacing all of the components. After all, only upgrade your motherboard if you really have to. But make sure you buy a new one that has an extended long term support.
Of course, there are other components to consider when upgrading, but performance is not for everyone. For example, a web designer might not need the fastest CPU in the market but will be more productive with a second monitor. A video editor will benefit more from having more RAM than having the fastest mechanical keyboard and so forth.
Stop focusing purely on performance and think about what you are using your computer for. Don’t install something if you don’t know what you are doing. Always research before you do anything and Google is your best friend.
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