Computer Upgrades are a cost effective way to speed up your computer and getting it running like new again.
Stop you pulling your hair out! If your computer is ridiculously slow, it’s time to talk to us. The answer can be a simple and easy as an upgrade.
Here are some of the common Computer Upgrades that we offer:
- RAM / Memory upgrade
- Hard drive upgrade (faster spinning drive or solid state drive)
- System optimisation
- Upgrade the operating system – Windows 10 Upgrade
- Modem / WiFi upgrade
- Graphics card upgrade
Hard drive Upgrade
If your system takes forever to boot, is slow at performing day-to-day tasks, or slow shutting down, a faster hard drive could solve your problems. You have the options of upgrading to a faster spinning drive or take the next big step to a Solid State Drive.
It doesn’t take long for drives to get clogged up and fragmented. Regular maintenance such as: uninstalling programs you don’t use, backing up and archiving old files, running disk cleanups and defragmenting could speed you up again. If your hard drive becomes completely full, it will stop your computer from booting so it’s important to keep free space.
Adding in a larger hard drive or 2nd hard drive is a great option. These days hard drives can be cloned with ease. This means we can make an exact copy of a hard drive and transfer it to another drive. No need reinstall Windows or any programs. It will work as normal as soon as you plug it in.
Hard drives on most laptops and desktop computers are similar to record player. The needle travels across the platter and reads data. A standard HDD can be easily swapped for a faster model, such as a solid state drive with faster read/write speed. Most SSD’s are 10 to 20 times faster than PC and laptop hard disc drives. This means start-up is faster, opening files and programs is faster, downloading can be faster. You can even install more than one hard drive in a desktop computer to expand storage or back up files.
SSD – Adding a solid state drive
Solid-state drives (SSDs) have flash memory drives, chips, rather than the spinning platters. This is one of the most dramatic upgrades you can do and it usually makes you feel like you have a brand new supercomputer under your fingers. The SSD’s inherent speed will make you a believer the first time your system boots up. Boot up times are in the seconds, rather than minutes (some boot in less than 10 seconds!) The time it takes to launch apps should drop dramatically and data transfer speeds are increased (limited by the device you are transferring to) Prices have been dropping steadily and we are seeing 1TB SSD’s under $500 now.
Your computer uses RAM, random access memory, to perform functions and operations. More RAM allows your computer to perform more tasks simultaneously and run faster. You can boost performance by installing additional RAM or replacing the existing computer hardware with larger memory sticks. RAM is easy to replace on a desktop, but you may have to check your user’s manual for instructions to add or remove RAM on a laptop. This is one of the easiest Hardware Updates to do.
If you like to multitask, memory is an essential upgrade. I know a lot of people who love to have 50 browser tabs open as well as several other programs at the same time. Most consumer computers come with 2GB of Ram these days but 4GB & 8GB are becoming regular too. It’s not uncommon to see 32GB in gaming computers. This is a quick and easy upgrade that can provide dramatic improvements with your computer. Your computer’s motherboard will dictate how much ram you can use.
Optical disc drive
Upgrading to a new DVD burner or a Blu-ray disc drive will give your computer new capabilities. An optical drive is easy to install, and you may even be able to install multiple drives on the same desktop, with one drive as the master drive and a second as a “slave” drive.
When to upgrade your Graphics Card
When your computer stops being able to play the latest games, if it struggles to run photoshop or edit a video, a new video card or graphics card is the next thing to upgrade.
Ask your service technician about these or any other computer upgrades to make your computer faster and more productive.
How to upgrade to Windows 10 – For free…
UPDATE – This windows 10 free update process no longer works. We have been able to update computers by doing a fresh install of Windows 10 and then using a valid Windows 7 license. Current as of Nov / Dec 2018
There’s a sneaky little way you can still upgrade your windows 7 or 8 device for free… Go to the webpage entitled “Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies.” Click on the Upgrade now button. Run the exe file to install the upgrade. Microsoft then displays a series of screens that take you step by step through the set-up process. Follow the screens until Windows 10 is comfortably nestled into your device.
How can I upgrade my computer?
Call us on 0414 899 254 for advice on the best upgrade options to suit your budget or simply make a booking online. You may also want to check out our DIY Computer Repairs Repair and blog page for simple tools and processes to speed up your computer.
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