How To Speed Up Your Computer With Hardware
14 October 2016
Frustrated with your slow computer even though you already scanned virus, cleaned all unnecessary programs and restarted the PC? Upgrading your hardware seems to be the solution for you! RAM memory and hard drives are the most common and easy way for you to boost your system instantly. Depending on your work performance and what your computer already had, the decision to choose which one would be different.
Here are some quick tips that you need to keep in mind when choosing either RAM memory or hard drive upgrade for the best performance boost.
RAM memory upgrades are ideal for running multiple applications at the same time, such as email, the internet, photo / video editing and even with virtual machines for programming. RAM memory is usually the cheapest upgrade compared to other hardware components.
How much RAM memory do I need?
If the PC you are using is mostly for home and office works, a minimum 4GB RAM memory should be good enough. But if your job requires heavy graphic execution like Photoshop, Adobe or film editing, you may look for 8GB as the minimum. For those working on 3D CAD modelling, you may need at least 16GB. For gaming purposes, the range could be from 8GB to 16GB.
What to notice when buying RAM memory?
It is important to choose the memory module that matches your current CPU chipset and motherboard. DDR3 and DDR4 are the most common modules of memory used in most PC desktops nowadays.
Some featured DDR3 and DDR4 modules for their competitive price and decent speed are:
If you are not sure whether your new memory stick would fit into your chipset and motherboard or not, we suggest you get a bundle deal which includes a compatible DDR module going with an appropriate motherboard and chipset for your PC.
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When should I NOT upgrade memory?
There are some cases that upgrading memory may not be the best option.
- Your computer already has a moderate memory: upgrading from 2GB to 4GB, for instance, probably will not give you a huge performance difference. However, if you are currently using a very low memory, for example, 512MB, the upgrade to 4GB will absolutely rock your performance.
- You do not utilise the extra space of the new memory: boosting RAM may not be necessary unless you are going to take a full advantage of the new memory to run tons of programs at once, or run RAM-intensive applications (eg. Photoshop or video editing) or virtual machines (eg. VMware and VirtualBox). It is simply like you buy a 7-seat car but you only carry 2 people most of the time. Too much capacity for what you actually need
Solid State Drives/Hard Drives
Solid State Drives
Solid State Drives (SSD) is one of the best upgrades that you can make to rocket the speed. The major benefit of SSD is to load your applications much faster and thus you can access your data much quicker. Compared to Hard Disk Drives (HDD) which will be mentioned later in this post, SSD reads data faster because it is run by NAND flash memory without any limitation of the moving parts. It is great if you want to load a number of slow-launching programs (eg. Windows, Photoshop, and Games) at once as well. However, to make it clear, SSD has nothing to do with website loading speed or making your games run faster or smoother.
How much SSD size do I need?
There is no straight answer to how much you should get for your SSD size, as it depends on individuals’ needs for work performance and budget. Here are just some suggestions. Usually, general users would get 120GB at least, while graphic professionals may have the minimum of 250GB to run their multiple editing applications.
One thing to keep in mind that even though SSD provides fast speeding performance, it generally has low capacity to store your data. That’s why SSD which has both high performance and high capacity (eg. above 500GB) costs quite a lot.
Check out Samsung 850 Pro range if you seek for good performance SSD with a reasonably affordable price.
Also, discover a wide range of Intel 750 Series if you are willing to spend more on excellent performance SSDs.
Hard Disk Drives
Hard Disk Drives (HDD) could be another option for your upgrades, even though it may not hugely boost your system. The reason why we say this is because HDD is mostly more about storage capacity and it is controlled by the spindle speed of mechanical arm to decide how fast the data will be read and perform on your PC. Basically, if you can get high-performance HDD with great spinning speed to read your data quicker, it would relatively speed up the data presented to you.
You can check here if you want to know more about HDD and how it differs with SSD.
How much HDD size do I need?
Again, it depends on your needs and work performance. For general users, a hard drive of 500GB to 1TB mega storage is way enough to keep thousands of HD movies for general users. Meanwhile, graphic professionals probably want to have 2TB as the minimum.
Compared to SSD, the price of HDD is much lower.
Find out a wide range of high-performance HDD from WD Black 3.5” Desktop product line and get the one that suits you!
Can I have both SSD and HDD at the same time?
Yes, absolutely! You can have both capacity and speed at the same time. Remember to set your new SSD as the primary source so it can boost your system. Otherwise, you may not see much difference if HDD is set as your primary source to read your data.
Or, Hybrid Drive SSHD would be another solution! As the name suggests, it is a combination of SSD and HDD, giving you more space to store your data while also helping to launch your multiple applications quicker.
Seagate FireCuda SSHD is featured products that we are carrying.