Want to speed up your Windows PC?
RAM, OS, HDD/SSD, Graphics and pc upgrade upgrades available on all PC’s.
If your device is a Windows Desktop and 5 years or older. We DO NOT recommend upgrading it. We recommend REPLACING with a new Desktop, NUC or AIO.
The CPU and GPU supplied in Windows devices older than 5 years, are not capable of flawlessly running Windows 10 and especially playing of games and videos (you tube, facebook etc).
We recommend Dell computers
Depending on the programs you intend to run will determine the upgrades we will recommend.
If your looking for better security, less viruses and the ability to use the latest programs: A simple OS pc upgrade maybe all that is required (see here for Windows 10 pricing) its not a FREE upgrade anymore.
Increasing Speed and Performance
If your just looking for increased speed and performance and only running email and office programs that are NOT graphic-intensive (such as required for Gaming) we recommend the following pc upgrades (1 and 2) . Upgrades 3 and 4 are more specific to Gaming or Video intensive programs such as AutoCad or Video Editing programs.
1. Upgrade or add SSD Drive
Replacing your existing HDD with a Solid State Drives (SSDs) drive will increase your computers speed by around 400%.
Solid State Drives (SSDs) have no working parts so you can read and write data to and from them very quickly. Think of them as a very large USB Thumb drive or Flash Drive. They use the same technology.
SSD‘s range in size from 120 GB to 4000 GB (4 TB).
2. Add additional RAM
Most people mistakenly think adding additional RAM (Random Access Memory) to their computer will speed up it’s general performance.
This is only true in the case of certain processor intense programs such as Video or Image production programs (AutoCad, Photoshop etc.) or if you have a need to run many programs simultaneously.
If your computer is running an older 32 Bit version of Windows 7 or earlier, it cannot utilise more than 4 GB of RAM, no matter how much you add. The current “de rigueur” for RAM is 8GB.
3. Add or replace Video Card
Unlike Laptops and Notebooks, most PC’s can be upgraded with a third-party Video Card that sits in a vacant PCIe expansion slot.
Most PC’s will have expansion slots but they will vary on the age of the computer.
All Motherboards have built-in video capabilities of 512 or 1024MB of Video RAM and will usually support two monitors. By adding a dedicated video card of 1, 2, 4 or 8 GB the PC will be able to support more monitors and have a greatly improved video-refresh rate which eliminates “lag” or “jittering” when playing video games on large hi-definition monitors or multiple monitors.
4. Upgrade the CPU
The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the heart of the PC. Speed and capacity is often expressed by the number of “cores” or mini-processors or by processing speed in GHz. Older processor were “single or “dual” core but now “quad” or “six” or “eight” core processors are available. Processing speeds have also increased from 1/2 GHz to 3/3.5 Ghz.
Upgrading a computers CPU is probably the last option to try after the above 3 options. But it maybe possible to upgrade the onboard CPU from say an i3 to an i5 or i7 CPU as long as your motherboard allows it.
To find out if or how much your PC can be upgraded, you firstly need your computers details, these can be found here on Windows 7 computers, or here on Windows 8 computers or here on Windows 10 computers. Once you have the information, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will be able to advise and quote on available upgrades
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