There are a plethora of reasons and pull factors which may make you feel inclined to upgrade your current computing system, and a wide range of applications upgrading a system can benefit, for example: upgrading a system with an internal component such as a graphics card can enable the user to have a much better graphical output, this means – higher resolution, better pixel density, higher frame refresh rates and overall faster graphics processing, which Is better for gaming and applications such as Photoshop which may require an above average graphical compute output, as a user you may find this useful if you are interested in a high quality gaming experience.
Another reason you may decide to upgrade your current system is for additional storage on your computer, as adding more storage is something which will more or less have to happen over time as you can run out of storage quite easily on conventional computers which will eventually lead to you needing to either add another hard drive or SSD into the system or buying come cloud storage where data can be backed up securely and maintained by a system, however adding more hard drives or SSDs is a good solution, it can also be beneficial for a user as the storage is right there after it has been installed and configured.
Finally you may decide to upgrade your system for more functionality of even for appearance, this is where the case is a possible aspect to be changed, as the case is what will be storing and protecting the rest of the computer, there are a lot of bonus features which can come with upgrading your PCs case as well, such as more negative air pressure so it’s better for cooling, or more space to fit additional components such as more hard drives or a bigger motherboard etc.
Overall there are a lot of reasons why you would upgrade your system but the main features as:
One of the most widely upgraded computer parts is the memory in the system or the RAM (Random Access Memory), as having more RAM can open up a lot more functionality for the system, in addition to this it’s not hugely expensive to upgrade depending on what memory your system uses, for example: if your system currently has 4GB of DDR3 memory in it it can be upgraded to dual channel configuration by adding another 4GB of the same speed memory, this will enable a system to process a lot more data in a shorter space of time which also removing the threat of bottlenecking your current memory configuration, however it will require you to have a 64Bit operating system to make full use of the 8GB functionality as 32Bit OS can restrict the functionality of some memory; the memory can cost around £10 – £30 to upgrade and the purpose of this upgrade is mainly for rendering or large spreadsheet work commercially, however is also important for gaming due to frame refresh rate using memory to function.
Recycling old memory is straight forward and can be done in a few different ways, for example: going into most mainstream retailers of computer parts they will usually have a recycling bin for older components where they get sorted out and then recycled in accordance with the local government guidelines to recycling hardware of that calibre, sometimes companies will provide a service where they come and collect the older hardware components from the user to recycle more manually then taking it to a store to be recycled.
Another component which can be upgraded in a system and is often upgraded for a lot of users is the mass storage of the system, which is the hard drive or SSD which contains the crucial files for the computer and what is in most cases the main boot device configured in BIOS when the OS is first installed, the storage is easily upgraded as all it entails is plugging another hard drive or storage device into the motherboard via a SATA connection and which will also be powered by a SATA connection directly to the motherboard, this won’t directly impact performance unless the system is being upgraded to an all-SSD configuration where the read/write time for the storage device is in most cases halved or at least reduced quite a lot due to SSD storage being a lot faster the HDD storage, despite this there shouldn’t be any compatibility problems at all as most components in modern computers are plug and play anyway, all they will require is some configuration and some software (drivers, operating systems etc.) to function.
The price of upgrading the storage usually isn’t too much if your sticking with a hard drive set up with some capacity boosts, with a 1TB (terabyte) hard drive setting you back about £40 which is plenty of storage space, however upgrading to an SSD storage configuration will be more pricey with a 480GB SSD costing about £70 with the added bonus of faster more accessible storage.
Getting rid of older storage components can be harder than disposing of other components as usually you will have to make sure the hard drive is professionally wiped and destroyed in the effort of not breaching the Data Protection Act of 1998, as leaking sensitive data in any form can be risky not only to yourself but can be dangerous in other ways too such as with identity theft, despite this there are a lot of companies which specialise within this field as it is becoming more and more crucial as data and technology progresses, these companies will in most cases just shred the hard drive down into scrap which not only renders it useless as a component anymore but should make the data located on the old discs impossible to recover, which prevents the Act being breached.
There are many other ways of upgrading a system to add features or functionality to it, however the 2 which I have focused on are the most conventional and straight forward to do and will add a supple yet noticeable increase in performance to your current system without limiting the upgrades which you might make to it in the future.