There’s no need to go out and buy a brand new PC when it starts going sluggish after many years of use, with cheap computer tech upgrades like graphics cards, SSD cards, and cooling fans that will give your computer a new pair of legs.
Nowadays, It doesn’t have to cost the earth to keep your PC in tip-top condition. While most off-the-shelf PC’s can cost you a fair bit, especially for the gaming towers that cost around £1000, component upgrades cost far less than you may think.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are extremely powerful pieces of computer hardware that inject Nitrous oxide into PCs. Swapping the current hard drive for an SSD will improve boot times, data transferring, response rate, and overall your computer will feel completely new.
Upgrading to an SSD card is rather cheap considering what it can do for an old computer. Depending on the size of the SSD and model, it can cost less than £50 for a 250GB SSD card and up to £100 for a 500GB one.
In most cases, a 125GB SSD will give your PC sufficient speed on start-up, opening tabs in seconds, and a better frame rate when gaming, but if you want to make your computer a Ferrari, then 500GB is what you want.
If you notice that your computer freezes when multitasking or playing a game, it’s probably time to upgrade the RAM.
2GB of RAM is the minimum standard nowadays for operating the newest WIndows and working with multiple tabs and folders open, and even then, it may still feel like it takes a lifetime to load a page or download a file.
With an extra few gigabytes of RAM, your computer processing speed will increase dramatically, enabling you to multitask with ease. Average prices for 4GB RAM (which is ample enough for everyday tasks) are around £30 and up to £100 for 16GB.
After years and years of use without being cleaned inside, that computer tower will start looking a bit dirty, which can cause components to malfunction. One of the components that get replaced and upgraded the most is the cooling fan, as heavy usage coupled with dust build-up can cause it to overheat and break down.
A computer cooling fan draws cooler air into the case and expels the hot air from within it while also distributing the cooler air to different components, keeping them cool. This enables components to run at maximum performance without overheating. Fans are one of the cheapest computer parts to upgrade, and you can pick them up for as little as £15 from online stores like ETB Tech.
As games are evolving by the year, the graphics and processing speed also demand more, which leads to sluggish gameplay and unresponsiveness causing the game to shut down.
Upgrading with a brand new graphics card that has more than 6GB and 1080 resolution is a minimum requirement for most modern games unless the game playing demands are not as high.
For gamers that use the maximum resolution and have all the settings turned up, It’s best to go for an 8GB graphics card. For low Gigabyte GPUs, the cost ranges from £30-£100 for 1GB to 2GB and from £150-£300 for 4GB to 8GB.