The Best PC Upgrade Money Can Buy

July 6, 2016 | By tuan.mai@nzxt.com | PCDIY

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For a newer builder, upgrading a PC can be a very stressful and costly process. Some users spend weeks searching for the perfect deal while others may spend that time reading up on reviews and researching parts. Either way, if you’re on a limited budget the most important thing is to make sure you are getting the highest performance upgrade per dollar spent.

So what’s the best PC upgrade money can buy?

Well that depends entirely on what you are upgrading from and what you plan to do with your PC. If you are still using a hard drive disk for your operating system and games, upgrading to a solid state drive will provide the most noticeable results. In addition to massive boosts in boot and load times, SSDs also offer much higher reliability than dated hard disk drives.

If you already have a solid state drive as your primary boot drive, a smarter upgrade would have to be your RAM. Any modern PC with a 64-bit Windows installation with 4 GB or less RAM can benefit from a boost to 8 GB or higher, especially if memory intensive applications such as Photoshop are being used. An easy way to test if you need additional memory is to download a free PC monitoring application such as CAM to track your memory usage. If you find yourself often using up 75% or more of your memory, it may be time for an upgrade.

What if you just want to play video games?

If gaming is your primary concern and your graphics card is below the recommended specifications of your favorite PC games, a GPU upgrade would be your best bet. Some of the current best performance/dollar upgrades in the graphics card department include the GTX 970, R9 290 and the more affordable R7 260X and GTX 750 Ti. Even new cards like the GTX 1060 and RX 480 are priced competitively enough to help out any gamer on a budget.

Ultimately, the “best” PC upgrade will depend on your system but you’ll never go wrong by upgrading to an SSD, increasing the amount of RAM, or installing a graphics card. What do you think the best PC upgrade money can buy is? Let us know in the comments below!

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