Hardware upgrades to an existing computer are done to increase performance, efficiency, or add additional features.

Hardware upgrades we most commonly do are upgrades of RAM and hard drives. Upgrading RAM is often what is needed to speed up your PC as old PC’s tend to only have between 1-2GB of RAM where as standard computers these days have at least 4GB. This essentially makes the speed of the computer double.

A lot of people are moving over to the new Solid State Drives (SSD’s) these are up to 10 times the speed of a normal hard drive and make your computer boot so much faster than a standard hard drive.

Examples of hardware upgrades are:

Central Processing Unit

Upgrade-CPUUpgrade your CPU to increase your computers processing power and boost overall performance. Newer processors now have more cores allowing the computer to do more things at the same time, or even one thing even faster! Depending on what processor you have now, a CPU upgrade may not always be the most affordable way to upgrade your computer. This will depend on the motherboard you currently have, as well as the Power Supply Unit (PSU) and the CPU Cooler. It may not be possible to upgrade your PC without also upgrading these.

Graphics Card

Graphics-CardYou may notice that your computer struggles with the graphics (games slow down or stutter) when running certain programs. This is more apparent if you enjoy playing games on your computer. A simple solution to this is to upgrade your Graphics Card. Newer high-end graphics cards are usually very expensive until a newer model comes out. You can usually save 100′s of pounds by buying the previous model of a graphics card, which in 99% of cases is more than good enough to run all your games. Your options to upgrade your graphics card will be limited by your motherboard and power supply. A Graphics Card, also called a Video Card, is an expansion card which generates a feed of output images to a display.