Hardware Upgrades

Written by Charles Peacock
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One of the great things about home computers is that they can be easily upgraded. Unlike your television set or you car, for instance, you can seriously increase the performance of your computer simply by cracking it open and adding a few parts. Each and every component in your computer can be upgraded, from the motherboard to the CD and hard drives.

Ways to Upgrade Your Computer

The most effective way to increase the performance of your computer is to add more RAM. The more applications you use on the computer, the more RAM you're using. If you have less than 256 megs of RAM, you're probably experiencing some annoying sluggishness. This problem can be solved by buying one or more RAM chips (they're pretty cheap these days) and inserting them in an empty slot on your motherboard.

The next thing you'll probably want to upgrade on your computer is the hard drive. Over time, you accumulate enough files (usually digital pictures and MP3s) to fill up the hard drive that came with your computer. Adding a new hard drive is quite simple, however, and it doesn't mean you have to do away with the old one--you can actually run more than one hard drive simultaneously.

CD and DVD drives are another common hardware upgrade for your computer. If you don't already have a burner, you should think about getting a combination CD and DVD burner. They allow you to burn music CDs, movie DVDs and to back up your files on either format.

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