Computer Upgrades

If you have had your computer for 12 months or more you may already be thinking about a computer upgrade but a common question is when should I upgrade my computer?

Depending on your budget when you first made your purchase you would generally have done one of two things: either you spent a lot on a new computer to make sure it lasted you for as long as possible, or you would have bought a computer based on budget pricing with a view to carry out a computer upgrade at a later date, in which case it may start to feel slow after a few months.

The other consideration of course is whether you are a casual user, a power user or an avid gaming enthusiast as these three categories tend to cover a majority of Pc users.

The most common computer upgrades tend to be computer memory, hard drive replacement or renewal and of course CPU upgrades (processor).

Hard Drives

Typical Hard DriveA few years ago a 40 Gb hard drive was considered big enough for most peoples requirements, but only a little later computer users are literally running out of space as they download more and more onto their hard drives i.e. MP3 files, pictures and videos, and they are now looking at hard disk replacement.

The good thing here however is the advent of inexpensive external hard drives that plug into existing USB slots. These are more than ample for most people but if your Pc is a few years old your USB transfer speed may be quite slow so it may be better upgrade to add an additional hard drive.

You could also choose to replace your main hard disk but this is often unnecessary and causes more work as you would need to load up your entire system from scratch unless you use hardisk imaging software.

Graphics Card

High End Graphics CardIn the main if your Pc is less than 3 years old or you bought a really low end budget Pc then a graphics card upgrade is more often than not unnecessary.

Apart from a graphics card failure the two principle reasons for an upgrade are either the fact that you have purchased a much bigger monitor and your old card does not support the resolution of your new monitor, and/or you are an avid gamer and you need to get the quickest frame per second rate or you need pixel shading to get the very best picture from the latest games.

Memory

Corsair MemoryThe principal reason for a memory upgrade is more than likely the fact that there was only just enough in it when you first purchased your system or you have started to use your computer more and have lots of background programs running.

Computer memory upgrades are not very expensive and can give your computer a real boost.