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Cost-effective PC upgrades for Beginners

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 The various requirements needed to run today’s video games and applications are quite demanding. However, there are numerous ways to increase the performance and reliability of your PC. One can find these parts at their local BestBuy or online, which can be added to your existing computer and increase its performance. There are many areas of the computer where you want to pay attention to, such as storage, graphics, memory, and cooling, and while these parts can be expensive, one can easily find these parts for under $250. Upgrading your PC’s memory should be one of the first steps you take on your journey to building a beast of a rig. A solid-state drive offers a massive improvement in speed and reliability than conventional hard drives and can feature increased memory space for storing the wide variety of programs we use today.

While this type of memory stores information even when the computer’s power is turned off, a different type of memory called RAM (Random Access Memory) handles the data currently used by the running programs. By upgrading the sticks of RAM in your computer, your PC can benefit from an increase in performance in multitasking scenarios and memory-intensive programs and applications. Installing RAM is a relatively budget-friendly and straightforward process. Your PC’s graphics capabilities should be addressed next by installing a new and more powerful graphics card. High-end gaming cards can be purchased for a few hundred dollars and allow higher frame rates and graphics quality settings. However, installing these new parts on your PC can increase the demand for a higher-rated power supply, so one should be purchased to meet its new power needs and make sure that it gives you some wiggle room for future upgrades. After all, you can have all the best parts for your computer build, but they will just look pretty without power.

Cooling your PC down is a crucial part of any computer build and can easily go forgotten. Many of these higher-performing parts produce a substantial amount of heat, and we all know how temperature can affect a computer. In creating cooler temperatures, one can either get a new case with greater airflow, add additional fans, aftermarket CPU coolers, and even a liquid cooling setup. Just using one of these parts will help keep your computer as cool as it looks and works even better when combined with other cooling accessories. There are many other parts one can add to their computer to increase its performance, but with just these few that I mentioned, you should be well on your way to building your monster. Feel free to click the link below to learn more about this topic. Have fun and safe tinkering!

Source:

“10 Killer PC Upgrades for Less Than $250”. David, Murphy. Pcworld.com. PC World. Web. 11 December 2012. 20 March 2017.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2019575/10-killer-pc-upgrades-for-less-than-250.html

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