1. Review the Specifications and Limitations of the Computers You Wish to Upgrade
This may seem obvious, but it is one step that many people overlook. Before you even try to perform a hardware upgrade, you need to find out exactly what kinds of hardware upgrades are workable for the computers in your office. You may not be able to perform every kind of upgrade. For example, if a computer’s motherboard can only handle 6 gigabytes of RAM, you will certainly not be able to expand it to 8 gigabytes.
2. Consider Updating Your Computer’s Memory
One of the easiest and cheapest upgrades you can perform on a computer is upgrading that computer’s memory. Adding more RAM can provide you with many benefits. With more memory, your computer will be faster and be able to handle more advanced programs. Additional memory can also prevent a computer from crashing due to too much memory being taken up by too many programs running simultaneously.
3. Consider Upgrading Your Computer’s Disc Drives
Another possibility you may want to consider is upgrading your computer’s disc drives. You may, for example, want to be to write discs on your machines. Using compact disc storage is a very efficient means of storing and transferring information. You can add CD-RW drives to allow your employees to record data to CDs. However, a DVD-RW drive will allow them to record much more information. To really be on cutting edge, you may want to opt for a rewritable Blu-ray drive instead. Such a drive can allow you to read and create discs with up to 50 gigabytes of information.
4. Invest in New Monitors
One of the most important pieces of hardware that often goes overlooked by businesses is their computer monitors. The quality of monitors is actually very important. One reason is that computer screen resolutions have come a long way in recent years. Today, the standard resolution for a monitor is around 1920 by 1080 pixels. You certainly don’t want your employees to be stuck with monitors that only offer far lesser resolution. New flat screen monitors are also energy efficient and take up very little space.
5. Consider Upgrading Your Computer’s Processors
While upgrading a computer’s memory can increase speed, you will not be able to match the increase in system performance that you would receive with a better processor. This increase in performance can be as high as 40 percent. Shop around a bit until you can find the processor that is best suited to your needs. For the best performance, however, choose a processor that implements multiple core technology.
6. Consider Installing New Graphics Cards
Usually, upgrading to a superior graphics card is thought of as a way to allow a computer to better process videogame graphics. It is true that a high quality graphics card is needed to play the newest videogames at the highest quality. However, graphics cards have other uses as well. A superior graphics card will help your computer more easily process and display graphics for streaming video, images, DVDs, and nearly anything else that uses a visual medium on your computer.
7. Be Careful During Installation
If you are not used to performing hardware installations yourself, you will probably want to leave this task to an expert. However, performing your own installations can save a lot of money. If you do perform your own upgrades, you will want to be very careful. For example, to install new RAM and certain other pieces of hardware, you will more than likely have to exert a decent bit of force to make sure that the new hardware snaps securely into place. However, be careful to not apply too much force. You risk damaging the new components as well as other pieces of hardware in your computer like your motherboard.
Guest article written by: John has been working for a small company in Manchester for years, and has just started work on a site called www.OfficeKitten.co.uk, where he manages and sorts all the office furniture.