Upgrading

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So your computer is clean of malware but it is running slow or clunky. It may be you are beginning to out grow it, but that doesn't have to mean a replacement. There are a number of things that can be done to improve its performance.

Memory (RAM)

One of the cheapest and simplest upgrades you can perform is to increase the memory. When a computer is booting up it is loading information from the hard drive into memory and the more programs it needs to load then the more memory it needs. If your computer fills its memory then it will start to use your hard drive as 'virtual memory' which, because hard drives run much slower than RAM causes your computer to run slower. It also adds more stress to your hard drive increasing the possibility of early failure.
Have a look at our table and it will give you a guide as to the ideal amounts of RAM for your needs.

Bare Minimum
Required
Recommended
for Light Users
Recommended
for Heavy Users
Maximun
Readable
Windows XP 512 MB 2 GB 4 GB** 3.25 GB**
Windows Vista 1 GB 2GB 4GB 3.25 GB**
7, 8 & 10 32 Bit 2GB 4GB 4GB 3.25 GB**
7, 8 & 10 64 Bit 2GB 4GB 16 GB 128 GB***

** - 4 GB required to enable 3.25 GB to be Used.
*** - Windows 7 Home edition maximum is 16 GB

If you have at least the appropriate amount or RAM from the table above then other options are available.

PLEASE NOTE

Both Windows XP and Vista are nolonger supported by Microsoft and as such we strongly advise they are not used for anyhing secure. Since Microsoft are not releasing patches to fix security holes that virus and malware writers exploit you should assume that anything you do or store on these computers is visible to the outside world.

Solid State Drives (SSD's)

What's inside a SSDSSDs are a type of hard drive that doesnt have a spinning disk at its heart and this has many advantages. The biggest being that it works about 15 times quicker than a standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Now this does not mean the computer will work 15 times quicker but the hard drive has been the slowest part of a computer for many years now. In real world tests it is reasonable to expect your computer to be 2 - 3 times quicker at mosts tasks.

The other advantage is that because there is no disk spinning faster than a car engine to be damaged form a slight jolt they are also a lot more durable - epsecially in laptops that move around a lot.

There is a down side though. Whilst SSDs had fallen massively in price over the last few years they are still around six times the price of a HDD, size for size and unfortunately due to demand outstripping supply prices are on the up. To benefit from a SSD you do not need to store all your stuff on it, just the operating system and programs will do. Your pictures and documents etc can still be stored on an old fachioned drive.
SSD upgrades do not normally require Windows to be reinstalled. we can simply 'clone' everything from your existing hard drive to a new SSD and the computer doesn't notice a thing. Same day service is normally available.

Graphics Card (GPU)

This section only refers to desktop computers. Sorry - laptops cannot have this type of upgrade.
If your computer is particularly slow when it comes to anything graphical like gaming or video editing then addind a dedicated graphics card (GPU) can make a massive difference. GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit, not to be confused with a CPU or Central Processing Unit - which is the computer's 'brain'.

As the name suggests, a GPU is a special type of processor specifically designed for graphical processing. Even a modest one, costing less than £50 can take the work of creating the screen image off the main processor resulting in a faster overall experience.

At the other end of the scale graphics card costing several hundred pounds can run even a dozen screens sumiltaneously, creating a panoramic virtual world of gaming.

For more details on ways of avoiding the expense of buying a new computer give us a call on (01453) 758 934 or contact us now.

 

Solid State Drives!
Making older computers BETTER than new. 

Definately the best upgrade you can do to your computer. In normal usage a 8 year old computer with an SSD will outperform most new computers that don't have an SSD.

OK whilst they are not cheap, they are much cheaper than a new computer and none of your settings will change.

All of our SSDs come with a 3 year limited warranty which is 3 times longer than ordinary hard drives.