If you’ve already performed all the software upgrades needed to get a faster PC – like a registry cleaner, antivirus scanner, and a disk defragmenter – then you may want to start upgrading your hardware. No matter how many optimization programs you have on your PC, your performance will eventually run into a wall at some point.

If you still want to speed up your PC after hitting that wall, then you need to either buy a new PC or improve your components. Today, we’re going to tell you about some of the hardware upgrades you can make to improve the performance of your PC.

Upgrade your RAM: This is the most common type of hardware upgrade, and it’s also the easiest and least expensive upgrade to make. If your computer has less than 2 gigabytes of RAM, then you should be able to significantly increase your performance by adding a few extra sticks. This upgrade shouldn’t cost more than $40, and installing RAM is a very straightforward process on both PCs and laptops.

 Upgrade your video card: This type of hardware upgrade is important for gamers. As gaming technology becomes more and more advanced, your video card will eventually become obsolete. While you may have to spend a few hundred dollars in order to catch up, gamers will be rewarded with top of the line graphics and significantly faster performance.

Upgrade your CPU: Sometimes, it isn’t your video card that is holding back your PC’s performance. Instead, it’s the processor. Upgrading this can be a little trickier, as it is a central component of your PC. However, by confirming which type of CPU slot your motherboard supports (like AM3+, G34, or LGA 1155), you can ensure that your hardware transition proceeds as smoothly as possible. This slot type also tells you whether your motherboard supports an AMD or Intel processor, so keep that in mind when searching for a new CPU to speed up your PC.

Upgrade your hard drive: If you’re starting to run out of space on your PC, then it  may be time to install a bigger hard drive. Not only will this help free up space on your computer for more music, movies, games, and pictures, but it will also reduce the strain on your hard drives and your PC as a whole. Harddrives get bigger and cheaper every year, and today, drives as large as 2 terabytes can often by found for under $100.

Upgrade your power supply: Sometimes, all of these new components will outstrip the current power capacity of your PC. If your computer suddenly starts to experience issues after an upgrade – like randomly shutting down during startup – then this could be a result of power supply failure. Installing a new power supply can be a little tricky, as you have to ensure that all of the cords are going to the right slots on your motherboards and components. However, by following the instruction manual, most users shouldn’t have any problems.

Upgrade your monitor: This is one hardware upgrade that may not improve the speed of your PC, but it will certainly make it look better. Upgrading your monitor can unlock higher resolutions, and a good HD screen means you can watch new Blu-ray releases on your computer and that your games will look better than ever before.

Before upgrading any hardware in your PC, consult with your motherboard’s instruction manual to find out what kind of hardware it can support. Certain types of RAM – like 240 pin – might not fit in your motherboard’s slots, so it’s best to do your research before you order new parts.

A combination of good software and upgraded hardware can provide an enormous boost to your PC’s performance. By shopping around for parts online and performing a little bit of research, you may not even have to pay that much to increase your PC’s speed. For all of these reasons, performing a hardware upgrade is easy, effective, and surprisingly affordable.

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