Upgrading your PC is a necessary step every few years. If you run a business then you may even find yourself upgrading even more frequently than this to keep up to date with the times. Upgrading can relate to three things: upgrading the software, upgrading the hardware, or buying a new computer.
Often the first two of these elements will go hand in hand, but this article will consider these three aspects individually at first.
Upgrading the Software
Upgrading the software is the cheapest way to upgrade your computer, but it can also often have a huge impact on productivity and your efficiency. Upgrading your OS is the best place to start because this will speed your processes up and get the ball rolling.
There is a new OS, Windows 8, being released in October and this system is certainly worth considering. The Windows 8 beta download represents a huge shift in the direction of Windows and this system is soon to be installed across phones, tablets and desktops alike. You can take advantage of a free Windows 8 download to try out the new system before buying anything, so it is worth taking a look at least.
The next best way to upgrade your computer is to look for better and newer versions of software that you already use. You will be surprised at the improvement in quality that you can achieve when you upgrade to a newer version.
Upgrading the Hardware
Upgrading the hardware in your computer is a great way to ensure that your computer can handle the workload without making a huge expense. You can expand storage and processing power by merely adding parts or switching elements. This is a great way to save money whilst improving the tools that you have at the same time.
To upgrade your hardware most effectively you should focus on the RAM and the processor, as they will make the greatest difference. Upgrading your graphics card can also have a huge impact depending on what tasks you are completing with your computer.
One of the benefits of the update to Windows 8 is that you will be very unlikely to require an upgrade of hardware too. The system is programmed to be supported by ARM chips so that every computer going as far back as XP should be able to support it comfortably. This make a Windows 8 update a relatively cheap one and a nice respite from business expenditure.
Buying a New Computer
Buying a new computer is often the less efficient tactic but there comes a point where it is simply necessary. Buying yourself a new computer will offer you the benefit of opting for combined deals with software as well as the hardware.
It may be worth holding out for the release of Windows 8 because it will likely be accompanied with some excellent deals with combined computer and Windows 8 Operating System. Be sure to consider whether any such deal includes only a ‘Starter Pack’ because often these are missing key features of the actual OS that are a pain to do without. The obvious motivation for this is so that you buy the full edition so they can even be deliberately irritating.
About the Guest Post Author: Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.