There are a number of DIY computer upgrades that you can perform yourself. Most people just want to have the service done for them, but if you are the adventurous type, you can get a lot of things done given the right amount of time to perform the service. The learning curve for some is steep, while others are relatively easy.

Easiest. Memory.

We recommend Crucial memory company. They have a website that will run software and determine what type of memory you have and what upgrades are avail for you to purchase. Once you purchase and get your memory in hand, it is relatively easy to open up a panel on the underside of your laptop and replace the memory. On desktop pc’s, you would have to find the memory that is located on the motherboard, and add the new memory. This is not always self evident, and can cause problems with your computer starting if you do not have the correct memory in the correct order for that motherboard. Do a bit of research on your board and it will go a long way.

A little more complicated: CPU upgrades.

With researching your motherboard, you may find out the socket type and acceptable types of CPU that the motherboard will accept. It is possible to upgrade the CPU in most motherboards, because most retailers will not put the fastest CPU that the board can handle, in the PC in the first place.

Video cards.

On desktop PC’s You can upgrade the video card in your machine fairly easily, in fact other than the research of what your motherboard will take as an upgrade, its really as simple as removing the cover and putting it into an available slot. On laptops, it is not possible because the video card is built into the motherboard and there are no ‘slots’ to insert a new card. Yet there are external cards that can be hooked up with USB and then connected to your monitors.

Most complicated, HDD, SSD hard drives.

This we consider the most complicated, due to the data that is on the current drive. IF you have no pictures, and nothing you care about on the machine, then swapping an old hard drive with a newer SSD drive will give you vast amounts of speed you may have never been able to achieve. It is still a process to have the drive imaged if you want to keep your old operating system. If you have nothing, then the process is simple, and you just install the drive and run the new operating system install routine, and now you have a better machine.

If all or any of that is too complicated or you just do not have the time, we can help! Reach out to us today!

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