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Top 10 Cheap Upgrades to Boost any Computer

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The time comes when your PC starts to “slow down” and we are not referring to a software slowdown, in that case, formatting could be enough and the PC would come back as new.  In this case, we are referring to hardware slowdown which could be remedied through computer repair or upgrades.

Sometimes you just need to replace one or two hardware parts to give new life to an old and slow PC.

Cheap Upgrades to Boost any Computer:

Yes, your beloved PC has become old and the time has come to change some pieces or upgrade completely. Obviously, each decision will move according to your needs and based on what you can afford. Here are some of our top 10 cheapest upgrades you can make to PCs!

SSD Hard Drive

Laptop hard drives wear out easily and can slow down even the most powerful and new computers. In this regard, we recommend always installing an SSD, to be installed alongside the existing hard drive.

SSDs are much faster; they will significantly improve PC performance both at startup and when we open heavier programs. The minimum capacity that we recommend to consider for a modern SSD is 500 GB, even if the prices of 1 TB drive are falling sharply. These drives use SATA as a connection and are available in 2.5 inch format.

The SSD is much faster than the hard disk, and now there are many models with an affordable price that offers high performance.

Replacing a hard disk with an SSD is very fast. You will surely get an increase in the speed of the operating system and software execution, with a decrease in loading times even in games.

Don’t forget to check first which SATA port generation is available on your motherboard, by consulting the manufacturer’s official website.

Upgrade the Hard Drive

Hard drives can slow down computers, but with 1TB Western Digital Blue hard drive or 3TB WD Blue Drive, one can easily improve PC performance. You can easily copy large files or load programs.

A better option we can suggest to you, use Hybrid Drives. Hybrid solid-state drives (SSHD) are a combination of a solid-state drive (SSD) and a disk-based drive (HDD). The main idea is to combine the speed of SSD technology with the storage space of the hard disk, so that you get the best of both worlds.

We recommend Seagate’s Firecuda SSHD. You can easily Play your games faster, and work smarter with this drive. This SSHD use latest NAND flash technology and speeds up to 5× faster than typical hard drives.

Update the Memory

Adding RAM memory modules can be a good way to improve an old PC by increasing performance. The PC you want to rejuvenate could only have 2 GB of memory. This is not a large quantity, which could cause slow down if you use many applications at the same time or heavy games.

The first thing to do to increase the RAM memory is to identify the type of memory compatible with the motherboard. Depending on the modules DDR4, DDR3, DDR2 and the slots available on the motherboard, you can decide whether to increase the memory by purchasing other modules.

In this case, it is preferable to buy the same modules like the ones you already have, or buy a whole kit with a greater GB amount. It is not recommended to use RAM from different brands, because you may have incompatibilities.

To replace the RAM you need to consider:

  • Type of RAM
  • Compatibility and frequency supported by the motherboard

Improve the CPU

The next component we suggest you evaluate is the processor. If you have a very old model, it’s probably a CPU with an old socket. The socket is the processor housing and often the manufacturers, Intel and AMD, tend to change it and replace it with new versions.

This means that if you have a PC based on an old processor with a previous socket, you can only upgrade the CPU by buying a more powerful processor that is always compatible with the same socket. Let’s take a practical example.

Suppose you have an Intel i5 3570, a 2012 processor with LGA1155 socket. The motherboard on which it is installed will obviously have the same socket. Since the latest CPUs, like the i5 7600, have an LGA1151 socket, you can’t install a newer processor because it’s not compatible with the motherboard.

To switch to a recent processor, both the motherboard and the RAM must be replaced. In fact, DDR4 and not DDR3 modules must be installed. To increase the performance of this old PC, you could buy an i7 3770, which has higher performance than the i5 3570 and the same socket as the motherboard.

In this way, a more powerful processor is available without changing the motherboard and RAM. It can be a good solution to spend a little money, perhaps by finding a low-cost CPU. In this way, power is increased in gaming, video editing and general use of the PC.

To replace the CPU you need to check:

  • Processor socket
  • Compatibility with the motherboard

Play the Game

Depending on what you play, it may be worth spending a considerable amount of money, but sometimes we do not need as much to enjoy our favorite games. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 is mid-range and we consider it a good and inexpensive graphics card.

The GTX 1050 was launched on October 25, 2016 along with its enhanced version the GTX 1050 Ti. This graphic of the series 10 is without a doubt a great option to be able to play cheaply in PC. It has Pascal architecture and 2GB GDDR5 video memory with Real frequency of 1455 MHz. Calculation power of up to 1.8 teraflops.

Canned  Air

Computers are one of the most useful inventions that human has created. Like many other items in our home, PCs also collect dust and get dirty. Because most computers are made with complex and sensitive electronic parts, you should almost always use canned air to clean them gently.

Don’t Forget the Monitor

What is the best monitor that you can buy today? It is a question that many of us usually ask ourselves. There are all kinds, with a variety of sizes, resolutions and technologies. It is the most important component of a computer, because without it we could not use it.

The size of a monitor is indicated in inches. The average size ranges between 20 inches and 30. Large size does not always mean better image quality. Another thing to consider is Resolution.

The resolution determines the sharpness of the image. This can be seen in combinations of two numbers (width x height) measured in pixels. For example, a Full HD resolution would be 1920 (wide) and 1080 (high). But this goes hand in hand with the size, since a resolution of 1920 x 1080 on a 15-inch monitor is not the same as on a 30-inch monitor.

The aspect ratio is basically the proportion of the screen, which tells us if the screen is squarer or more panoramic. The resolution is usually marked by this ratio. For example, the resolution 1600 x 900 will have a very square format, 4: 3. In contrast, Full HD monitors like 1920 x 1080 will have 16: 9 or 16:10 formats.

The ideal size of the monitor should be between 22 and 25 inches at the most.

Finally, always try that the monitor has at least one HDMI connection.

The refresh rate that is measured in hertz (Hz) is the speed at which the screen is able to refresh the image on the screen every second. That is: show a new image. 60 hertz, which is the most usual, implies that the monitor updates the image 60 times in a second. The number of hertz that our monitor has will greatly influence the perception of fluidity in movement.

We recommend you to have 1080p monitor HP. This monitor comes with 21.5-inch IPS screen. Means you will enjoy vibrant image.

For gamer, who are using system that support Radeon graphics card, we recommend AMD’s FreeSync technology based monitor. This comes in budget. ViewSonic 22- inch 1080p FreeSync display is an ideal option we recommend.

World of Sound

Do you need good headphones? Some that make you live the experience of the gamer like you never did before?

It is possible that you do not know very well which ones to choose, neither had what to look for or what model can be adapted more to your needs.

The computer is no longer just a device to work with. It is something we can communicate with, we can have fun and a thousand other things. And if you want to see a movie without disturbing other, then buying a headgear is a perfect option we can choose.

The headphones help gamers to get even more involved in the game. Having specific headphones for video games can improve the experience significantly. Listening to all the audio details as they were designed by the creators not only fills us with adrenaline but also immerses us in the scene in a different way, enhancing at the same time our ability in the game. That is why it is essential to have the best headphones.

Ideal gaming headset we can recommend is Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha and if you are a music lover, then we recommend Sennheiser HD 280 Pro.

Keyboard and Mouse

If you are already a gamer or be it is among your purposes, you will know that a mechanical keyboard is one of the essential tools, along with your gaming computer and your mouse to play.

The first keyboards in history were mechanical, but manufacturing was very expensive. With the passage of time and technological advances, the materials of the keyboards have become cheaper, making the mechanical keyboards to return to the market. They are known for comfort, durability and accuracy … something essential for any gamer or person who use keyboard for several hours a day.

If you are looking for cheap keyboard update for your PC, then we recommend Logitech Orion G610 Gaming Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown) and Logitech G610 Orion Brown Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (920-007857).

Likewise, the user should always give priority buying a gaming computer mouse, either for your home or office. For a mouse to be comfortable for the user’s hand it must have a texture, a size, a shape and a weight that is pleasant at all times. The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is the one we recommend.

Ideal for right-handed players, the Deathadder Chroma has an optical sensor of 10,000 DPIs and 5 programmable Hyperesponse buttons, as well as a Polling Rate of 1000 Hz.

Cool it Down

During the summer season, computers tend to overheat as a result of the high energy consumption. Apart from the damage caused by the weather and the increase in electricity consumption, the increase in the use of energy decreases the dissipation of heat, which can damage parts of the computer and cause a slow performance, a possible collapse of the system or something even worst.

To help mitigate the effects of heat on the computer, different measures can be taken. First thing you should do, install SpeedFan to check CPU or GPU overheating or not, if yes, get Arctic Silver or use Case fans or Thermaltake.

We hope these inexpensive upgrades greatly improve your PC performance.

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