While mobile technology may be all the rage in 2019, desktop and laptop ownership remains commonplace throughout the UK.
It’s also on the rise, with the penetration of personal computers in British households having increased from 47% in 2009 to 63% at the end of last year.
Unlike mobile devices, however, you’re unlikely to upgrade your PC regularly and this can create issues in terms of the speed and efficiency of performance. In this post, we’ll look at three ways in which you can quickly upgrade your PC and optimise its output.
1. Upgrade (or Replace) your PC’s RAM
Arguably, the easiest way to improve the performance of your PC is to upgrade its Ram. Referring to ‘Random Access Memory’, this is a form of computer storage which holds data and machine code that’s currently being used.
Upgrading your PC’s RAM instantly increases the amount memory included on the device, while it also affords the operating system some breathing room and makes multitasking far more efficient.
In some instances, you may decide that the best course of action is to replace your existing RAM, and the good news is that this is relatively easy on desktops.
In simple terms, you just need to ensure that you select memory modules that are compatible with your motherboard. You’ll also need to determine precisely how much RAM your desktop can handle, while also managing your expectations in terms of budget and usage.
2. Upgrade and Install a New Graphics Card in your PC
If you’re an avid gamer, you can immediately boost the performance of your PC by upgrading or switching out your graphics card with a slightly different model.
When upgrading, the main challenge is to select the right card to suit your needs, based on various factors such as budget, size and compatibility. The latter can relate to the specification of your PC and your gaming habits, particularly in terms of frequency and the types of game that you play.
Beyond this, actually installing a new graphics card is relatively easy, as it needs to be inserted and secured before being plugged into the power supply.
If you’re a casual gamer, you may also want to consider switching to a discrete graphics card. This enables you to rely primarily on a desktop’s in-built graphics, boosting performance and freeing up RAM in the process.
3. Install a Bipolar Transistor
The chances are that you won’t have heard of a bipolar transistor, but this component can play a key role in boosting the performance of your PC.
This component is essentially a semiconductor advice that’s commonly used for amplification, particularly in terms of analogue or digital signals. It can also switch DC or function as an oscillator, while in some instances it can also be used to amplify voltage and power.
You can browse from a range of bipolar translators on RS Components, making your choice depending on the specification of your PC and your everyday usage.
You can also learn how to install a bipolar transistor has a switch here, as you look to optimise the power supply to your device when it’s connected to a primary electricity supply.