When to Consider a PC 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 utilities||Install 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 applications||If there is plenty of memory available, then consider installing a new graphics card|
|Computer is generally slow all-round||If there is plenty of memory available, then consider installing a new CPU otherwise consider installing more RAM|
|No space to store files||Install a new or bigger drive|
|It takes a long time to open files from disc||Install a faster drive|
|Computer crashes when devices used together||Check 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|
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.