For a lot of people, the computer is a primary tool for work. This means that the state of your computer affects more than just its speed. It also affects your productivity or your ability to do your job, to begin with. In other words, the improvement of your computer is also an investment into your business model. Keep in mind that since 2020, more people work from home than ever before. This means that you also work from your personal device. What this means is that its maintenance, service and eventual upgrades are your own responsibility. Here are five suggestions to keep in mind.
Buy an SSD
If you don’t already have one, buying an SSD is the single biggest upgrade that you could make to your computer’s performance. The difference in operational speed is hard to believe for someone switching to SSD for the very first time. The fact that the computer will boot in a matter of seconds instead of minutes (waiting for all the programs to load on start-up) is already a huge improvement. Keep in mind that you can also use SSD as a drive to install your system on and have an extra HDD for storage (for the sake of cost-effectiveness).
Install more RAM
Another thing you could easily upgrade is your computer’s RAM memory. In order to improve this, you don’t have to be a technical expert. The improvement is also one of the most frugal options that you have at your disposal. According to experts specializing in computer repairs, there are a couple of things you need to watch out for. First, you need to make sure that you have the right RAM for your motherboard. Second, you need to place it in a slot and make sure that it’s inserted properly. Having it loosely fitting the slot is not a good idea.
Improving your peripherals
Investing in peripherals is the simplest upgrade you could possibly make because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Not every RAM shard is good for every motherboard. With peripherals, the connections are universally fitted. There’s no modern motherboard without USB slots, GPU slots, etc. If you’re working from home, one of the most impactful upgrades you could make is to get a second screen. This can improve your productivity by up to 40%, not to mention the fact that it drastically improves the quality of your work.
A new graphics card
Buying a new graphics card is another thing you need to take into consideration. The biggest problem with buying a new graphics card in 2021 is the increase in crypto value that we’ve seen earlier this year. When crypto goes up, the demand for GPUs also increases. Since demand dictates the price, it is only logical that the costs go up. In other words, while it goes without saying that a new graphics card would drastically increase the performance of your computer, at the moment, making this upgrade is not as frugal. At least it’s not as frugal as it was a couple of years back.
Get familiar with the contents of the case
Regardless of what you choose to do with your computer, it’s important that you get familiar with the contents of the case. Remove the case covers, play a guide on your phone and try to figure out what’s what. Before you do so, make sure that you turn the power off. However, keep in mind that the computer still has a battery running some of the basic functions. This is a good idea even if you don’t plan to make an update anytime soon. After all, this will also play key part in diagnostics if anything goes wrong.
The biggest advantage of a PC over any other personal device lies in the fact that upgrades are easy, DIY-friendly and cost-effective. The very fact that you can upgrade one piece at a time means that it’s much easier to schedule and budget the upgrade of the computer. Before you start, make sure that you do the research on the subject matter. Also, be realistic about the device. Unless you plan to play the latest video games or render high-quality images, chances are that you won’t need to overinvest.