SACWA Computer Upgrade Service
“A hardware upgrade involves removing old hardware and replacing it with new hardware for desired benefits”
Reasons and Benefits for Upgrading Hardware
Generally new features are also found in new hardware versions and the updated technology usually provides better stability and increased performance. After time, support for older hardware is discontinued, reducing compatability and performance with newer software and updates.
- Performance increases
- Capacity increases
- Software requirements
- Compatibility reasons
- Improved Functionality
- Improved Reliability
RAM / MEMORY / DDR UPGRADE
“Is it worth it upgrading my ram?”
RAM Benefits For Better Multi-Tasking
“The biggest benefit of upgrading your PC’s memory is better multi-tasking”
Having a lot of memory means that:
you can quickly switch back and forth between RAM hogging applications like Photoshop, Outlook or multiple Internet Browsing tabs without Windows writing to the pagefile. The pagefile is data is stored on your much slower hard drive once the available RAM has been used.
Applications That Use Lots of RAM Run Faster
“Image editing applications like Photoshop, video/audio editing applications and virtual environments use as much RAM as you can spare”
If your single application uses 200 MB of RAM, it won’t matter if you’ve got 2 or 8GB of total system memory, but if you’ve got 10 windows open using 200 MB each, then you will benefit from an upgrade.
More RAM “Can” Make a PC Faster
“A system slowing down after opening several applications
or noticing a speed improvement by closing a few applications,
is generally a good indication you will benefit from a RAM upgrade.”
More RAM does allow your computer to do more at once without slowing down
which can make it faster, it does however depend on the cause of the system slowing down.
Fragmentation or Hard Disk read errors / an old hard drive can be the cause of a slow system, SACWA can diagnose the cause of a slow system for you.
Other Ways to Know if You Will Benefit From an Upgrade
“Paging memory to the disk page file will causethe system to slow down”
To analyze whether your PC has enough free memory or paging to memory to the disk and causinig the system to slow down the best tool is the Resource Monitor or Windows Task Manager. These applications give you a view at exactly what resources are being used, and what they are being used for, how much is being used and how much is free or available.
32-bit Windows and 64-bit Windows
“RAM over 4GB will require you to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows”
32-bit versions of Windows XP, 7, or Vista cannot use more than 4GB of system RAM. So Keep in mind that you’ll need a 64-bit version of Windows to take advantage of a RAM upgrade.
If you want to actually use RAM over 4GB you will need to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows. This means having SACWA do a backup of your data and a reinstall of Windows and your other applications.
VIDEO CARD / GRAPHICS CARD “GPU” UPGRADE
GPU / VIDEO / GRAPICS RAM VRAM MEMORY GDDR
“More is better, right?”
Well yes, but not if you choose a Video Card just because the amount of RAM. More memory can be better, but every other factor can still limit the card. Video card performance is based on many other factors.
- The amount of Shaders (CUDA cores or Stream Processors)
- Amount of memory and type of memory (eg. GDDR5 2GB)
- The frequency “MHZ” of the GPU, Shaders and Memory
- The bus width (Texture Fill Rate & Memory Bandwidth)
High resolutions such as 1920×1080 and using Settings like AA/AF filtering will increase the amount of Video RAM required
Considering space, airflow and power requirements
“A new video card means more room needed, more heat being made inside the case and more power required from the computers power supply”
The space available for the video card from the back of the case to the hard drive cage and air flow from fans in the case is very important.
Your power supply needs to also meet the requirements for the video card and other components in your PC. The maximum Watts of the Power Supply, Amps it can supply and PCI-E available power connectors available also matter.
If required SACWA can update to a suitable Power Supply for you.
Teaming video card with a CPU
“A slow CPU can bottleneck your video card performance, making a video card upgrade useless”
You need to keep your CPU performance in balance with your video card otherwise your CPU will bottleneck your video card performance, which mean that it won’t be able to keep up with it and your video card performance will be reduced as it always waits on the CPU. Meaning money wasted.
Selecting the right video card for the games that you play.
“Certain games are more CPU dependent, while others are more GPU dependent”
The majority of games that are 2 years or older don’t need the lastest and fastest video card. When a new game is out your video card will still be able to handle it but you may need to lower the quality and AA AF settings . If you play on a low resolution (Non HD) screen you wont need a very high end video card.
It is better to upgrade at a low cost every so often than to buy the most expensive video card. Newer video cards that offer higher performance at a lower price are released all the time.
Intel & AMD Processor “CPU” Upgrade
“Upgrading to a processor with a dual, triple or quad core can make a significant difference in the processing power of your computer”.
These processors or “Cores” work together by dividing tasks between them or “Hyperthreading the Tasks” to make your computer multitask faster and with greater efficiency. It’s like having two, three or four separate processors installed on your computer at one time.
Getting a CPU with a larger front side bus can enhance the processor’s ability to communicate with RAM, which will increase your computer’s overall speed. If you’re an extreme gamer or if you run intensive graphics programs it is better to get a processor with the most Cores and largest cache that you can afford.
Hard drive (HDD) To SSD Upgrade
“SSDs are the ultimate way to feel the difference in your everyday computing performance!”
SSDs have up to 100 times greater Data transfer and instantaneous access times than standard Hard Drives. Solid State Drives also have no moving parts and use less power.
Whether you’re refreshing an older laptop or trying to maximize the potential of the latest platform, SSDs provide substantial benefits over traditional hard drives. A more efficent and faster SSD PC means lower energy usage and greater productivity.
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