Technology moves at a rapid pace. This is especially true in the world of PC gaming where it seems like there is new hardware released every week. And if you’re like most PC gamers you probably want to buy each and every single one of these products.
However, if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, there are a few items that should be at the top of your upgrade list.
The Best Upgrades to Boost Your Gaming PCs Performance:
Most games typically require around 2-4GB of RAM to function properly. But what a lot of gamers don’t realize is that you also need to factor in everything that sucks up memory from your computer. And when you do you’ll quickly see why RAM should be the first thing you upgrade.
More RAM means you’ll be able to run other applications in the background without having to close them every time you want to play a video game. It also makes multitasking much faster and switching between programs a breeze. And because the price of RAM has dropped significantly in recent years, it’s an attractive option for gamers on a budget.
Any gaming PC will see a boost in performance by increasing the amount of RAM but how much you need will depend on what you use your computer for. If you use resource-intensive applications like image and video editors, 16GB of RAM will do the trick. But if you mostly game and surf the web, 8GB is enough to keep your PC running smooth.
If you’re still gaming on a mechanical hard drive, you’ll be amazed at what an SSD will do to your PCs performance. Not only will games load faster, but your PC will also be a lot more reliable because SSDs are more efficient. This is a must-have piece of hardware for any gamer who prioritizes speed.
SSDs are superior to HDDs because they don’t rely on a rotating magnetic platter. Instead, SSDs store data on flash chips and are able to access files instantaneously. And because there are no moving parts, they are also significantly smaller than HDDs – taking up less space inside your case.
The price of SSDs has been declining alongside RAM and it is not always necessary to buy one with a large capacity. Running the operating system on a small SSD (around 120GB) with the games you play most often is usually the way to go. This also lets you use a larger capacity HDD (usually 1TB) for storing files like photos, videos, and backups of your system.
Last but definitely not least on this list is the almighty graphics card. No other upgrade will improve the performance of a gaming PC better than a beastly GPU and it’s hands-down the most popular item on any PC gamer’s upgrade list. However, it’s not cheap.
GPUs are expensive because they are all about performance. And if you’re still gaming with onboard graphics, a GPU will literally take your PC to the next level. But before you spend $1000 on the newest graphics card, I suggest you do some research and figure out how much power you really need.
A GPU that’s a few models behind (GTX 970 or R9 290X) will let you play the latest games at 1080p resolution and at 60fps on a single monitor. But if you’re interested in multi-monitor setups and 4K gaming, you’ll definitely need something more powerful like a GTX 980 ti or R9 Fury X. And if you really want to get crazy, you’ll need to start looking into building an SLI or CrossFire setup.
There are plenty more upgrades to boost the performance of your gaming PC. But before you spend money on a faster processor or fancy motherboard, look into hardware like all-in-one liquid coolers, bigger fans, and even power supplies. These are often overlooked upgrade options that do a better job at improving PC performance and also happen to be cheaper.
What upgrades do you think you’ll do next? Let us know in the comments below and help other builders boost the performance of their PC!