A Piece, Or the Whole?

It’s obvious when your computer slows down beyond the point of reason that something’s got to give. You know that you can upgrade things like your memory, the size of your hard drive, and maybe you even know that there are a few other things that can be changed out. But is it worth the effort to replace the individual components, or should you just get a whole new system? The answer isn’t always clear, but we’re here to help!

When looking for a speed boost, it is important to identify the bottlenecks in your system. You can use built-in tools like the Task Manager to see which part of your system is most, well, tasked. If you’re finding that your hard drive is working too hard, it’s a good idea to upgrade it to a much faster solid-state drive. This is a relatively easy upgrade in most machines and gives you a broad range of options for size, speed, and cost.

If you find that you are using over 80% of your RAM (or random-access memory) on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to see if your system can take more. These come in sticks and are another easy-to-replace item that give you nice gains for your money.

Fantastic, so you’ll just upgrade those two and be on your way then, right? Not necessarily. It’s important to realize that, though you may be getting massive performance gains for less than the cost of a new PC, these upgrades are limited by the rest of your system too. The board that connects all these components may not support the newest of anything, so your system will run well, for now. Even if it does support the newest tech, it may do so much more slowly than a new board (a good analogy for this is like the old, two-lane bridge in need of resurfacing next to a brand-new, 8-lane bridge – who’d use the old one?). If your system can’t take more RAM, or has a soldered-in storage solution (common in laptops), you’re better off with a new system.

Keep in mind that it could also be a software slow-down. These can be even more difficult to find, but whatever your situation, Granite has you covered. We can identify your system bottlenecks and replace components or whole systems, provide tune-up services, and get you back up to speed with the rest of us in no time.

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