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If you’re into gaming then you know how important it is to have a good setup, especially if you’re a PC gamer. New games are constantly upgrading their graphics, as well as becoming bigger files, and this means some older computers are unable to run them. And even if you’re not into gaming, old PC’s can become a hassle when things start running slow, or a part is nearing it’s end. But if you’re on a budget it can be difficult to do a complete overhaul and upgrade everything, so which parts are the best to focus on?
What do you use it for?
What you use your PC for primarily is going to change what it is that you need to upgrade. If you use it for working only, then the upgrade will likely be a lot cheaper and easier to do than for PC gaming. You may still need to know the difference between ddr3 vs ddr4 and why you may need one, but you likely won’t need to know the difference between types of graphics cards or monitors. If you use your PC for gaming, then it’s going to get slightly more complicated. The components you’ll need to change will depend on what type of games you play, how new those games are, and how often you play them. Fortunately there are many things online that can help and compare components for these purposes.
Which parts are the oldest?
If you bought a new SSD last year, you probably won’t need to change that yet. New components tend to work better with other new components, as they are all up to date and fast enough to be able to keep up with each other. If your computer is running extremely slow and you’ve got a lot downloaded onto it, you likely need to change the harddrive to free up some memory. You could try deleting some things, but an old harddrive is unlikely to speed up much more after going through extensive use.
Is there anything that needs replacing?
This may seem like an obvious one, but if you’re new to computers or upgrading them, then it can be difficult to tell what needs replacing. When some components are old or under a lot of stress they may make strange sounds, so if you’re computer has gone from being silent to the fans whirring all the time, or strange high pitched beeps, then it could be that one of the components is on the brink of breaking. It can be hard to know which component is making that noise, so it would be best to look up the cause online and identify the parts that way, or to take it to a shop to have them take a look and identify it. They could also be helpful in showing you which new parts you might need.
Upgrading PC’s can be a difficult process, especially if you’re new to it. But it’s best to just do all your research on components and what role they play in your computer before you get into changing it all, and learning the differences between them. The last thing you need is to install something wrong and break your setup. And if all else fails, you can always get someone else to do it for you, or buy a new tower from a shop. Just be sure to back up all your files first.