How to upgrade your desktop hardware – For those that prefer to build their own desktop computers, rather than buying a new model every few years, knowing how to correctly upgrade hardware is a necessity.
It is incredibly easy to damage a computer by attempting to install the wrong components, or by mishandling delicate parts and damaging the circuit board and/or modules. Those that are trying this for the first time should be encouraged to seek the advice of a more experienced hand, as damage can be irreversible.
On top of this, sellers are well within their rights to refuse a refund on any components that have been opened but are not compatible with the computer. This then leaves you out of pocket (it is not cheap to upgrade or build a new computer) and with a component that is of no use to you. So in this article, we give you details all about how to upgrade your desktop hardware.
Inspect your Computer
Before carrying out updates on your desktop, you should open up your case and inspect all of the components and make note of their models and the space available on your circuit board. It is vitally important to inspect the circuit board so as you know what components are compatible, and assess any damage.
The computer’s circuit board is made up of small instruments, manufactured by photochemical etching, and acts as the brain of your computer. Once you are familiar with your circuit board and the other components that are installed, then you are ready to begin upgrading.
Know your Limitations
Changing your 2GB RAM for 16GB obviously appears to be a no-brainer on the face of it, however, what if your system can only accommodate up to 2GB? It is common for portable computers, such as laptops, notebooks, and MacBooks, to have a cap on the amount of RAM that is supported.
If possible, check the manufacturer’s documentation received with the computer for all specifications, as this will detail any limitations on the system.
Especially for those new to upgrading computers, start by upgrading one component at a time rather than making wholesale changes. After each upgrade, run the computer and check that everything is working as expected. Not only will this make life much simpler when trying to diagnose an issue after upgrading everything, this will save you from taking out all of your components and replacing one by one.
As the saying goes, walk before you can run. Do not take on more than you can handle and, as mentioned previously, do not be too proud to seek help when needed.
Especially when it comes to changing the CPU, it is very easy to make a catastrophic mistake that can damage your computer. Even the slightest mistake when installing can result in major issues when using your PC. The most common mistake among inexperienced users are touching the pins of the CPU – do not do this as this can have an adverse effect on the information that is transferred between the module and the etched components on the circuit board.
Keep it Tidy
Just like anything else, you should aim to keep the interior of your desktop computer neat and tidy, this means ensuring that all cables and wires are organized rather than allowed to run all over the unit.
Not only does this make things easier for you the next time you come to opening up your desktop, this will also help towards ensuring that cables do not become warm. By having cables spread across all of your components, and without proper ventilation, this can be the cause of your system overheating.
When it comes to manually upgrading your computer, always take your time and never rush anything, regardless of whether it is the first or 100th computer you have worked on.