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Desktop Computer Upgrade

PC Upgrade Guide

Upgrade or Replace a Desktop PC

Upgrading your desktop computer could significantly lengthen the life of the desktop computer. With todayís desktop computers, you should be getting at least a six year life span if the desktop computer is well maintained. By upgrading a desktop computer you will not only increase the desktop computers life, but can drastically increase it performance and even turn and older computer in too an affordable gaming machine.

What to look for before performing a desktop computer upgrade can determine if itís even cost effective to upgrade your aging desktop computer. One of the main factors for determining if a desktop PC is even worth upgrading is the desktop computers age. Most desktop computers that are about four years old are still cost effective to upgrade, and can extend the life of the computer by another three years or so. Another factor you can use to choose if you are going to upgrade a desktop computer would be the use of the computer. What are you going to use the desktop PC for? Is just to casually surf the internet and check email or, did you plan on heavy graphics editing and playing todayís latest video games? If you planned on just casually surfing the internet, then spending a couple hundred dollars on some system memory and possibly a larger hard drive would be a good option, instead of spending hundreds more on a new desktop computer. If you planned using the desktop computer graphics and gaming the upgrades can still done just not as cost effective as for casual use. Please consult our upgrade desktop computer guide, to know what to look for before you order any parts or drop your computer off to a tech.

What to look for before you upgrade a desktop computer is extremely important if you plan on using the older desktop to play games. The first to look for is the system ram, you need to determine if the desktop computer has at least 1 gigabyte, how many open expansion slots there are, what type of ram the system supports, and finally how much you would like to upgrade to. Now considering itís an older desktop computer and running a 32-bit operating system, you canít install any more than 4 gigabytes or system ram. How ever thatís more than enough to support any on the newer games on the market. Next you need to determine what type of processor and the clock speed of the processor, is it single or a dual core. Both are fine for games, you just need a CPU in the older desktop computer that is clocked at 2.6 GHz or higher. Considering you want to the older desktop pc to play games, you will need a decent video card. Again any desktop computer can be upgraded, it comes down to cost. If your looking for a cost effective video card than look for a PCI-e x16 on the mother board of the desktop computer your looking to upgrade. If the desktop computer youíre looking to upgrade only has AGP or PCI slots, than most likely the desktop computer will not be cost effective to upgrade for gaming or graphics. If you were able to upgrade to a graphics card using the PCI-e x16 slot, than consider purchasing at least a 400 watt PSU, or you can follow the recommendations of the graphics card manufacturer. Most of the shelf brand name desktop computers are shipped with unreliable and extremely low power PSUs.

Call us today if you have any questions on upgrading your aging desktop computer.

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Memory or RAM Exspansion Slots
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PCI Type Expansion Slot
AGP Type Expansion Slot
AGP Type Expansion Slot
PCIe x16 Type Expansion Slot
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After Desktop Computer Upgrade

Before Desktop Computer Upgrade

Before Cleaning and Desktop Computer Upgrade
Before Cleaning and Desktop Computer Upgrade
After Cleaning and Desktop Computer Upgrade
After Cleaning and Desktop Computer Upgrade