Computer Upgrades
Updating Your PC

Computer Upgrades - Systems and ComponentsComputer upgrades using new components are a great way to keep up-to-date in today's fast paced computer industry.

It doesn't take long before what was state of the art becomes just so-so.

Unless you are running a single, specialized application to which your PC is dedicated at some point, and probably sooner than you would like, you are going to need to do a computer upgrade.

Upgrading can but does not necessarily mean buying a whole new computer. Component upgrades are a great way to keep your system up-to-date and extend its life span. For this reason we recommend buying computer systems that use industry standard, modular architecture rather than an all-in-one design with everything built onto the motherboard unless you can disable the built-in system(s) and add standard replacement function cards. (This is often the case with video, sound, and networking functions.)

Systems that are not modular or that use nonstandard architecture and components prevent easily upgrading individual subsystems.

When to Upgrade Your PC

How often you should upgrade depends on what you use your PC for. Causal home use will probably not require upgrading as frequently as a computer used daily in a work environment. The practical criteria for deciding when to upgrade are:

  • Your computer is no longer able to run applications that you need or want to use.
  • The speed at which you are getting things done on the computer is costing you money or is frustratingly slow.

The key to evaluating your need for upgrading and in determining what kind of an upgrade you need lies in clearly identifying where your system is inadequate, and what your plans are for computing in the future.

It is silly to buy a whole new PC just to get a faster modem for improved Internet access for example. On the other hand if several of the major components of your computer system have aged to the point of inadequacy it may be less expensive and/or less trouble to replace the whole system with a new one rather than to trying to replace several major subsystems. This is particularly true if the industry is shifting to a new standard, as was the case when the PCI bus replaced ISA bus as the PC standard, and your system is based on the older standard.

Typical Upgrade Components

Different parts of your computer system may become obsolete at different times. The major components or subsystems within a computer that can be upgraded independently typically include:

  • Motherboard and/or CPU and memory
  • Disk drive storage
  • Video card and/or display

Secondary components that may be upgraded include:

  • Network cards
  • Pointing devices - mice, trackballs, and graphics tablets
  • Keyboards
  • Modems
  • Sound systems
  • I/O cards

Upgrading Tips

If money is not an issue, go for the latest, fastest, and best industry standard equipment, but avoid the radically different and unproved designs unless they give you a significant advantage.

If spending less and getting more is important, consider buying one or maybe two generations behind the latest developments. Typically this equipment is more than adequate for any current application and has a good chance of continuing to be useful for some time to come while at the same time providing a considerable cost savings over the latest, just released model.

Finding Upgrade Components

You can find the component you need to upgrade your system or even a whole new system and have it shipped directly to you using our Online Computer Store. Simply enter the upgrade computer part you are looking for such as hard disk, sound card, or video card in the box below and then click on search.

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