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When to Consider a PC Upgrade

What do I need to Upgrade?

In this section, we will consider which components should be upgraded to address particular PC performance problems.

PC is slow to boot/shutdown and launch built in utilitiesInstall a new SSD, hybrid or high speed drive and move the operating system to this drive
Screen does not paint when running games or graphics applicationsIf there is plenty of memory available, then consider installing a new graphics card
Computer is generally slow all-roundIf there is plenty of memory available, then consider installing a new CPU otherwise consider installing more RAM
No space to store filesInstall a new or bigger drive
It takes a long time to open files from discInstall a faster drive
Computer crashes when devices used togetherCheck the maximum wattage of all attached devices (-including RAM, CPU, cards, etc) is less than the PSU maximum: if not, upgrade to a higher-rated PSU

Building a New PC

In many ways, building a new PC is actually simpler than a straight motherboard upgrade, as no removal of existing components is required.

Perhaps the most critical element in building a new PC is to choose compatible components. The best way of achieving this is to choose a motherboard, download it's manual, then check what the board does - and does not - support, prior to purchasing the individual components.

Once this is done, it is simply a matter of following the upgrade steps in the following articles but ignoring the removal instructions.

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