Your computer has stuck with you through thick and thin—including some unfortunate social media profile pictures. But like any other device, they need a little TLC as they age. That's where upgrades may come in.
Upgrading your computer can breathe new life into your device. But when should you consider an upgrade, and how do you do it exactly? We're here to help remove the guesswork.
At uBreakiFix® by Asurion, we understand the importance of a smoothly running computer. In this guide, our experts will share what you need to know about computer upgrades to help you make the right choices to unlock your machine’s full potential.
When should you upgrade your computer?
Deciding when to upgrade your computer depends on several factors. Maybe your machine is slowing down under the latest software demands, or you’re having trouble playing graphically-demanding games. Generally, if your computer is struggling with daily tasks, running slow, or not compatible with new software, it’s time to consider an upgrade.
How to upgrade an old computer?
Upgrading your computer doesn’t have to mean starting over with a new machine. By making strategic upgrades, you can improve your current computer’s performance to meet your needs.
Increase your computer memory
Random Access Memory (RAM) is your laptop's short-term memory. Your computer uses it every time you open a webpage or an app. Adding more RAM can improve your computer's speed and ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time.
It's also one of the easiest and most cost-effective upgrades you can make. Depending on the model, you might need an expert to help you avoid damaging your computer. Check out our guide to learn more about how much memory your computer needs.
Expand your storage space
Storage is like your computer’s long-term memory. All of the photos, videos, and documents you’ve ever saved are on the hard drive—unless you save your data to a cloud service, like iCloud®. Upgrading to a larger hard drive or adding a solid-state drive can give you more space to store files and can also improve your computer’s overall speed.
Upgrade your graphics card
For those interested in gaming or graphic design, upgrading your graphics card can improve your computer’s visuals and allow you to run more demanding apps.
Check out our guide to learn more about upgrading or replacing your computer’s graphics card.
Increase your processing power
If you’ve heard about gaming PCs, you might know about computer processors (CPUs). The CPU is your computer’s brain. If it’s lagging, so will everything else.
Upgrading it can give your computer the boost it needs. But it's a more complex procedure, and an upgrade might not be compatible with your motherboard. Talk to a computer expert to make sure your upgrade goes smoothly.
Upgrade your monitor
Upgrading to a higher resolution or larger monitor can improve your overall computing experience, especially for gaming and multimedia tasks. You can also add a monitor to your laptop with little to no effort.
Buy a new keyboard and mouse
Sometimes, simple upgrades like a new keyboard and mouse can make your computer easier to use every day. They’re simple and often worth it.
Add an external hub for more ports
Keyboards, mice, external hard drives, and USB drives—it’s a lot. If your computer is running out of plug-in real estate, an external hub or docking station can provide additional USB, HDMI, or other ports. It’s an easy fix that adds a lot of convenience.