Choosing the right computer parts and accessories can be overwhelming for many people. There are many options and there is no standard nomenclature between brands, so it’s understandable.
Because of this complexity, many people aren’t sure what computer parts to upgrade if they’re experiencing X or Y problems. In this article, we’ll highlight the top four computer components you should upgrade if you want to maximize your computer’s power.
#1. Memory Storage Upgrade:
The first one won’t excite many people, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Memory storage is one of the most important components of any PC, and it gets the most use.
Hard disk drives (HDDs) typically last between three and five years, according to experts. Solid-state drives (SSDs) can last up to ten years at most. Everything eventually wears out.
Having no backups means you can lose a lot in the event of a sudden storage failure. Therefore, you should upgrade your memory periodically, even if it isn’t flashy or exciting.
However, this does have some benefits. The most obvious benefit is the increase in storage capacity. The main advantage is that modern SSDs allow you to access data fast and efficiently in a way older hardware, notably HDDs, cannot.
#2: RAM Upgrade
In order for your computer to “think” about complex tasks, it needs random-access memory (RAM). For one reason or another, it’s also often forgotten when building a PC.
Even gamers often put as little as 8 GB of RAM into their systems, with some lower-end PCs coming with just 4 GB or even 2 GB. This can seriously hamper performance.
It is important to note that most laptops or desktop computers won’t benefit from increasing RAM. There may be some debate about the magic number, but most people put it around 16 GB (Arguably moving to 32gb with Windows 11 in our opinion).
Having 16 GB of RAM should ensure that your CPU and GPU are able to push all the data through efficiently. It is unlikely that even power gamers will suffer from RAM-related performance issues with that much RAM.
Additionally, RAM is one of the cheapest upgrades that can increase performance. That isn’t to say RAM is “cheap” (you can expect to spend £60-100 or so for 16 GB depending on the timing speed along with make) but it also isn’t as expensive as some other upgrades we’ll discuss.
(Similarly, RAM stores memory, but it’s different enough from the previous section to warrant its own discussion.)
#3: GPU Upgrade:
If you’re interested in games, video editing, high-end video viewing, and more, your graphics processing unit (GPU) is one of the single most important parts of your computer. They’re also critical to crypto mining rigs.
A strong gaming experience is considered by many to be a function of their graphics card, and to a certain extent that is true. The latest games can be played at the highest settings with a good CPU and graphics card.
If a person can only afford to upgrade one or two parts of their PC, the GPU is often what they replace first. Game players and other power users value it because of the calculations involved in intense visuals.
In terms of factors limiting the purchase of a new card, there aren’t many. Several cards require you to hook them up to your power supply, but this isn’t a big deal. Nowadays, finding a card in stock is the biggest challenge!
Nevertheless, you should research your card to make sure, as some cards may act strangely with certain motherboards. Assuming your board isn’t ancient, compatibility problems are rare, but they do happen.
I wrote more on faulty graphics cards in my previous post here
#4: CPU Upgrade
In many ways, the central processing unit (CPU) is the second most important part of a powerful PC. When it comes to visuals and more, your CPU works hand in hand with your GPU.
Trying to figure out compatibility with a CPU upgrade can be a challenge if you’re not computer-savvy. Even those who are familiar with computers may find it somewhat confusing.
Your motherboard is what determines whether your CPU is compatible. You need to make sure your computer’s motherboard’s CPU socket is compatible with your new processor.
A motherboard upgrade can be somewhat of a mixed bag, so we debated including it on this list. In one sense, they offer a variety of other upgrades, but on the other, they aren’t all that exciting.
A motherboard upgrade can give you access to the latest CPUs, which can have a significant impact on performance. On the other hand, a motherboard upgrade alone won’t have much of an impact.
We’ll mention here, on a middle ground, that motherboard upgrades are investments for the future. It will be necessary to purchase a new motherboard periodically if you intend to use the latest components.
Furthermore, they can come with better sound features and more accurate wattages, but these are admittedly becoming less and less common. However, motherboards still perform other functions besides integrating other components in your computer or laptop PC.
Using Your Computer Parts to the Fullest:
The above covers the most common computer parts people upgrade when they’re building a PC. The big ones have been covered today, but there are a million other things one can do.
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