May 28, 2013

Has your computer been a little bit sluggish lately? Well you’re not alone. With the rate at which technology advances and our increasing needs, sometimes our computers just can’t keep up. However, there is no need to fear! There are some simple upgrades you can do to help increase the overall functionality of your computer. Here are 3 we recommend:

  1. Add RAM (Random Access Memory)

According to York’s IT Administrator, Miguel Herrera, “Adding RAM is the easiest upgrade anyone can do to their computer.” RAM is the most common type of memory found in computers and many other devices. A sign that you are in need of more? It becomes increasingly more difficult to do work on your computer and the processes become very slow. Miguel added that the average user should be okay with 4 gigs of RAM, but he suggests adding more if you plan on doing a lot of multitasking on your computer.

  1. Upgrade Your Video Card

Most off-the-shelf computers can handle HD videos well; however, if you are a gamer, upgrading your video card is probably the best bet to help you play at optimal level. Miguel said, “Upgrading the video card can relieve some of the workload off the microprocessor and RAM. In fact, some higher end video cards have their own microprocessor and RAM to handle all of those fast changing graphics.” There are many choices for video cards and they can be pretty expensive, so be sure to do your research to find the best one to suit your needs.

  1. Change Your Hard Drive to an SSD

For more advanced computer users, consider upgrading to an SSD (solid state disk) to improve overall computer and application start-up time. SSD’s are high-performance storage devices which operate more efficiently than the traditional hard drive disk. Among other benefits, making the switch can reduce the time it takes to launch large applications, like Photoshop, by almost 75% in some cases.

These are just 3 of many upgrades you can use on computer. What are some upgrades you recommend? Share your thoughts below! 

Posted By: Briana Perrino

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