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Old 02-20-2012, 03:47 AM
Richard Chao
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Default What Is The Best Bang For The Buck Upgrade

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://lifehacker.com/5883376/what-hardware-upgrade-will-best-speed-up-my-pc-if-i-can-only-afford-one' target='_blank'>http://lifehacker.com/5883376/what-...only-afford-one</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"What Hardware Upgrade Will Best Speed Up My PC (If I Can Only Afford One)?"</em></p><p><img height="337" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1329706868.usr117680.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" width="600" /></p><p>What hardware upgrade is your best bang for the buck if you can only choose one? &nbsp;Of course there is no definitive answer as PCs vary in configuration and it also assumes you are able to make upgrades to begin with. &nbsp;Many people are moving from desktops to laptops at home so this question will depend on your equipment. &nbsp;</p><p>If you are running a laptop, your hardware upgrade options are typically limited to RAM or storage. If you have a desktop, your options are wider and range from video cards, processors, RAM and storage. &nbsp;So, the first step is to examine your system. &nbsp;If your PC has 512MB to 2GB of RAM, an upgrade to 4GB will be the cheapest way to get a performance boost. &nbsp;However, if your PC already has 4GB, another few extra gigs won't give you the same boost and therefore your money will be better spent elsewhere. &nbsp;If you have a laptop, your other option is converting from a HDD to a SSD. &nbsp;If you can swing the money on a good SSD, you will not only see performance gains but&nbsp;noticeable gains in run time as SSDs use much less energy. &nbsp;</p><p>If you have a desktop, you have a few additional options. &nbsp;If you game, you may want to take a look at your video card. &nbsp;If you run multiple intensive process at once, you may want to take a look at upgrading to a multi-core processor. &nbsp;</p>
 
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