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Upgrading Your Computer - 3 of the Most Popular Computer Upgrades

Jun 17, 2008
Eventually, there may come a time when you realize that your computer is just not performing as well as you need it to. And since every computer owner needs his/her machine to perform tasks efficiently and as quickly as possible, your computer becomes obsolete when it becomes less than you need it to be. However, before tossing it on the junk heap in favor of a new machine, perhaps you should consider some upgrades. You will likely spend less money and be able to meet your needs at the same time. With that being said, here are three of the most popular upgrades users commonly choose for their computers.

Your computer's memory is an essential component of its internal operating system. Memory upgrades probably rank as one of the most popular upgrades for computer owners. It is also a pretty simple upgrade and one of the quickest, easiest things that you can do to boost your computer's productivity.

If you are planning on upgrading your computer's memory, you will first need to determine how much memory your computer currently has. You will also need to know how many empty slots you have for upgrading the memory. If your computer was new when you purchased it and you have not upgraded it, this information is normally provided in the user manual that came with your system. Otherwise, you will need to perform a BIOS check to see how much memory you currently have. Then you will also need to open your computer's case to check the number of empty slots.

Once you have checked these things, check your computer's manual to find compatible memory types. When you are purchasing memory modules, it is usually best to buy the most memory you can with the least amount of modules.

Another popular upgrade many people consider when upgrading their systems is DVD/burner upgrade. Though most computers now include at least DVD player/CD burner, some older computers only include a CD player. These days, though, much of the media disbursed in video format, especially with the recent explosion of video online. If you are considering an upgrade, then you will want to choose a DVD+R/RW drive which lets you read and burn both CDs and DVDs. These drives can also format information as well as burn it to a disc at the same time.

If you love playing all of the graphics intensive games that are now available, you may find yourself needing a more advanced video card, which is another popular computer upgrade. With some of the newest games, a high end video card is a requirement to even play the game.

Choosing a video card can be a little confusing, though, because there are so many on the market. You will first need to check either your computer manual or motherboard to determine which video cards are compatible with your system. You should purchase a video card that allows for the fastest rate of data transfer. Ask a computer specialist to explain the differences between the video cards if you are uncertain about your choice.

These are only a few of the most popular upgrades for computers. Some others include sound card and motherboard upgrades. Before trading in your computer for a new one, be sure to shop around to see if an upgrade might be a more cost effective option.
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