There are plenty of arguments for keeping your current PC. All your data is on it. All your applications are on it. Everything is familiar from the keyboard, where your headphones plug in and where your USB slots are. You would be surprised how annoying it is to switch where you plug in your headphones or power chord until you must switch them.
There are good reasons to get a new PC as well. Let’s address why you would get a new computer first. If your hardware does not support Windows 10, it is going to be an uphill battle when you install new software. It also indicates how old your PC, specifically the CPU—which is the brains of your PC. If your computer is so old, that you cannot run Windows 10 you may want to spring for a new PC.
However, let’s say you have a computer that’s less than 4 years old and you want to have it run a little smoother, a little faster. There are three possible upgrades that are worthwhile; your RAM, hard drive, and video card. Let’s go through each upgrade.
UPGRADING YOUR RAM
Your RAM is like your computer’s short-term memory. This is the easiest and most cost-effective upgrade. You can usually max out your RAM for less than it would cost to buy a new computer. You will notice faster speeds, your programs can load faster. Even if you are not a power user, it will speed up your spreadsheets and powerpoints.
UPGRADING YOUR HARD DRIVE
Hard drives are pretty large and rarely do you “fill’ them with data. But what kind of hard drive do you have? If you feel like your computer is taking too long to boot up, you may want to upgrade to an SSD drive. Your applications will also boot up faster.
UPGRADING YOUR VIDEO CARD/GRAPHICS CARD
This is mostly for gamers, but due to how intensive the newer office applications are and if you do video streaming, you may want to upgrade your graphics card. Depending on what you are running the graphics card may have a larger impact than your CPU.
SO DO I UPGRADE OR BUY A NEW PC?
The short answer of upgrading your RAM is highly recommended and is a quick and simple upgrade. It is also the most cost-effective way to get a quick boost. Upgrading your hard drive to an SSD will bring noticeable improvements to booting up your computer. Even if you buy a new PC, you may want to upgrade to an SSD drive. Upgrading your video card depends on how you are using your PC. Gamers upgrade their graphics cards like buying new tissue paper. If you are not a gamer, try upgrading the RAM first and then the hard drive. You don’t have to do all your upgrades at once.
Want a personalized assessment to upgrading your PC? Bring your computer in and we can make a recommendation tailored specifically for your computer or laptop? We recommend letting the professionals do it. Call Brainwave to get a consultation today. 503-626-6264
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