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Computer Hardware Upgrading Tips

by: Mon Peter I. Damiles | 15 Jul, 2010 23:52:45

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Upgrading is the term used by computer users to add or replace hardware components to a better one to improve performance. Before upgrading your computer you must first know your hardware components. You must know your motherboard, CPU (Processor), RAM (memory), hard disk, video card and also your power supply. Most hardware components are upgradable but will still depend on your components. Below are some tips to help you in upgrading your computer.

Motherboard- When upgrading your motherboard, make sure to check your processors compatibility together with your RAM. If you just want to replace your defective motherboard and retain your old processor and RAM, you just need to buy a motherboard with the same socket as your old one. But if you want to upgrade your motherboard to a higher specification, you must first check if your old processor and RAM are supported by your new motherboard but if not, you need to upgrade it also.

CPU (Processor) – In upgrading your CPU, you must always check your motherboard’s socket before replacing your CPU. If you want to upgrade your CPU but it is not compatible with your motherboard, this just means that you also need to replace your board in order for your new CPU to work. Upgrading your CPU is the most expensive in all upgrades but it can really boost your systems performance.

RAM (Memory) – Upgrading ram is simple; you just need to know your motherboard’s supported clock speeds to determine the type of memory you need for upgrading. And also, always look for a motherboard that has 4 or more memory slots so that you can easily upgrade your memory in the near future.

Hard disk – The only thing you need to check in upgrading your hard disk is the type of cable your motherboard is using. There are two kinds of cables: the IDE and the SATA cable. IDE cables are used in older computers and it’s also a ribbon type cable. SATA cables are the newer ones; it is much faster compared and much thinner compared to the IDE cable. Upgrading hard disks are commonly used by computer users that need large storage for their files. 

Video card – Video card upgrading is normally done by gamers. They upgrade their built in video cards so that they can support the games that they want to play. In upgrading your video card, you must check your motherboard’s slot. Check if is supports AGP or PCI slots. AGP slots are commonly used by older computers while the PCI slots are the newer ones.

Power Supply – Upgrading the power supply will always depend on your case form factor. The most commonly used case factor is the ATX. You must also look for a power supply that can meet your motherboard’s power requirements but the higher the watts of your power supply, the better. If you are a gamer, make sure that you have a good power supply so that you won’t have any problems especially when you own a high end video card.

In upgrading, you must always check your system first for compatibility. If it’s not compatible, don’t try it anymore to avoid damage. Another thing, make sure that your power supply can supply enough power to your system. Upgrading your system can cost you thousands but it can really help you boost your system’s performance.


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