The lifetime of the modern PC isn’t very long as technology, PC manufacturers and software companies continue to conspire to make it even shorter, forcing individuals and companies to constantly purchase new units every three to five years. But for normal users with plenty of common sense about what their PC is actually used for and knowledge of how to upgrade, their units can last for up to ten years or more. That knowledge is what we seek to impart in this article and that upgrading your PC is not that expensive to do. Your aging PC should feel like new after doing some of the following:
Nowadays, if you have 4GB of RAM and install another four on a two-slot board, 8GB won’t be much of an improvement. If you have limited slots, there are DIMM modules that have double the capacity (ex: 8GB which is the same type and speed as your 4GB). You could purchase two 8GB DIMM modules and end up with 16GB of RAM which should significantly increase your PC’s performance to rely less on your slower hard disk’s swap file. The same goes for laptops.
Unfortunately, some modern laptops (often ultra-portables) come with their RAM soldered into the board, so a RAM upgrade isn’t an option. Another option and something just as speedy (perhaps even more so) is the next entry on this list.
Upgrading to an SSD should make your storage run up to ten times faster and you will notice a significant performance boost even if you don’t upgrade your RAM. The downside is that compared to mechanical drives, the price per GB for SSDs is much higher. Your performance will be fast but your storage will be smaller. If you value performance and don’t have much to store, a 128GB SSD is the most affordable way to go but a 240GB SSD is just as affordable.
If you don’t care much for excessive storage, then upgrade to an SSD. Fortunately, growing SSD demand is gradually reducing the price. If you still need the storage, you can upgrade to an SSD and use your old hard disk as a secondary drive to store your less essential files.
On Part 2, we’ll discuss other options on upgrading your PC for a better experience.
The lifetime of the modern PC isn’t very long as technology, PC manufacturers and software companies continue to conspire to make it even shorter, forcing individuals and companies to constantly purchase new units every three...