Do you have an old PC that feels old and tired, and do you think it might be time to buy a new one?
Here are two things you can do to turbo boost your PC, and both will cost you a lot less than buying a new PC.
Also see : How much RAM does your Windows PC really need? (August 2019 issue)
Let's look at how to breathe new life into your old PC.
# 1: RAM Upgrade
If your PC has less than 4 GB of RAM, upgrading it – if possible – up to 4 GB is a worthy upgrade. RAM upgrades are quick and easy, and also quite cheap. If you already have 4 GB, the gains you get by pushing this higher reduced returns unless you are in high-end games or have specific workloads like video rendering.
Are you unsure if your PC can upgrade? If it was made by one of the largest OEMs, a RAM vendor such as Crucial or Kingston (or for Macs, can check OWC).
# 2: Upgrade your hard drive storage to SSD
While a RAM upgrade offers good bang for your buck, if you already have 4GB of RAM, the next best upgrade is to make your hard drive (HDD) ) for an SSD.
- An SSD.
- Depending on your PC, you may need a 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch tray to fit in a well designed for a hard disk or optical drive (some SSD kits come with these parts ).
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- A tool for performing the transfer (I used the free MiniTool PartitionWizard Free Edition, which performed flawlessly).
- A basic understanding of how to place and remove storage drives.
- Knowledge of how the BIOS works, specifically specify what power system the system starts from (there are so many different types that I can't help, so find a web search for the motherboard manual).
Tip : A quick way to find out what your motherboard is is to fire a command prompt and use the command line tool Windows Management Instrumentation. To do so, type:
wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer, version
The process is quite simple:
- Open your PC and fit to the new station.
- Turn off the Windows Disk Management utility (press Windows Key + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, and then type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter ).
- Locate the new drive, which will be marked "unknown" and "Not initialized" in the list of drives at the bottom of the Disk Management window, then right-click where it says "unknown" and select Initialize Disk and then follow the instructions.
- Download, then install and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
- Click Migrate OS to SSD / HD in the sidebar and follow the instructions.
- When the migration process is complete – this will take some time, maybe as much as a few hours – then you need to set up the BIOS system to boot the SSD one.
- You can, if you wish, remove the old drive, or store it in the system, wipe it and use it for storage.
Tip : Switching a drive will not trigger a Windows reactivation.
Is an SSD upgrade the best option?
After trying it with a variety of SSDs (ranging from basic to high-end performance), and across a variety of systems (from dual-core to dual-socket), I'm pretty sure Everyone moving from a hard drive to an SSD will see serious performance gains, even when RAM is down to 2 GB levels (below that and RAM becomes a pretty limiting factor, but if you are running Windows 10, you ideally need 2 GB).