Upgrading for Speed


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It is never fast enough…  You can buy a new computer or you could upgrade your existing machine.   Unfortunately, upgrading can be a lot more expensive than a whole new computer.  With the price of new computers falling, you can now get a new computer (the box only, no monitor), for as little as $250.  The problem with upgrading is that the overall performance is based on the complete system working together and is only as fast as the weakest (or slowest) link.  So if you upgrade the processor and you are still using an old, slow hard drive, you will not get the performance boost you expected.  This holds true for most aspects of the complete computer system.  I have seen many people spend $1000 or more upgrading their computer and still not achieve the performance of a new $500 computer.   In order to get the most out of your upgrade, you must fully understand what components you currently have and what your needs really are.  For example:  If you routinely work with large files, especially opening and closing large files.  You may benefit more by installing a new fast hard drive than upgrading your processor. Or if you are one of those people who has 10 programs open and you are working on several projects at the same time, then you may benefit more by installing additional memory than upgrading your hard drive or video card.

In general, adding memory is the most common upgrade.  But keep in mind that the amount of memory vs. performance is not a linear function.  Going from 128mb to 256mb of RAM will boost performance a lot more than going from 256 to 512.  Very few people find they need more than 512.  In most cases, more is better, but the return on investment diminishes quickly.  As a general rule, check the memory requirements for the software that you are using.  They usually have a minimum requirement listed as well as a recommended amount.  If your computer has the recommended amount, you should be fine.  If you are running at the minimum, then purchase some additional memory.  I often like to go with double the recommended, but that’s just me.  If you are not sure as to the type of memory your computer needs, various web sites have a memory configuration tool which will allow you to enter your make and model number and it will display your memory requirements.  Visit our store for your memory needs.

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