UPGRADE YOUR COMPUTER
How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your
computer? Think about it! It might be one of the following reasons.
- You want to add a new feature to your computer.
(example: adding multiple monitors or adding a webcam)
- You are looking for greater speed and performance.
(example: for gaming or generating greater throughput)
- You acquire some new piece of software that justifies
the upgrade, or you acquire some new piece of hardware.
- In an attempt to resolve a computer problem, you
determine that a component needs to be replaced. At that time you
decide to upgrade that component.
Of course, these are not the only reasons to upgrade
but, they do give you an idea why.
is not an item
that is upgraded very often. There are not many design changes from
year to year. You may decide however, that you require more drive bays
then you already have, or you may need more USB ports on the front of
the case, or you may want flashing lights on your computer case. These
may be reasons to upgrade your computer case.
supply is replaced more often only when it
fails. The only
reason other than that is when you add other hardware that requires
is replaced when the original fails or
when you are
looking to increase its throughput, speed, and performance. This
includes the desire to increase the number and type of connectors on
the backplane and the motherboard’s surface. Unless you are constrained
by a tight budget it is best to use the opportunity and upgrade CPU and
the RAM at the same time.
processing unit (CPU) is upgraded
in order to improve the computer speed. The selection of CPU’s is
limited unless the motherboard is also upgraded. Any performance issues
of the CPU must be matched to the motherboard and it's associated RAM.
access memory (RAM) is the easiest of
upgrades. If you have
extra memory slots insert the additional matching RAM. Bam, it’s done!
you don’t have the extra memory slots, you may have to replace all of
the memory with memory sticks each containing a greater amount of
is upgraded when you are looking to
capacity, and throughput. The two approaches to upgrading are; adding
additional hard drives, and replacing the existing hard drive with one
of greater capacity. Each approach has its advantages and
disadvantages, the choice is yours. Adding additional drives is the
simplest; it requires only the proper amount of drive bays, power
connectors. Upgrading to a hard drive with one of greater capacity
that you clone the data from the original drive to the new one. This is
done with software purchased, or downloaded, or supplied by the hard
drive manufacturer. While looking to upgrade long term storage you
might consider a solid
state drive, it has some neat advantages.
(DVD and CD burners) are not usually
speed differences of newer models does not provide a significantly
greater throughput. The only exception is if you are using the drive
for production purposes.
The upgrading or adding of an expansion card is
justified by your
needs. If you find that your usage of the computer requires that you
need a specific expansion card, then add it.
Each of the peripheral
devices fall into the category of;
upgrade your computer if
you need to. As you become more familiar with your computer you will
start to find the features and upgrades that you need and want.
always like to look at the online computer stores and see which new
components have become available. You may find this very rewarding too.
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