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RAM is simply the best place to start when upgrading a computer PC or MAc . For best performance, you should be running the 64-bit version of OS which can address more than 4GB of RAM. Most users will notice a substantial boost in system speed moving from 4 to 8GB of RAM. And if you work with large files (video, photos) in programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Premiere you will benefit by going to 16GB.
RAM works best when each stick is the same brand and model.
RAM is one of the few computer components where pricing can fluctuate quite a bit. Today 8GB of of RAM costs around $120-$150, making this upgrade one that’s easy on the wallet.
If you’ve already installed an SSD, you don’t need us telling you how great they are. Once you have an SSD, you’ll never go back to a traditional platter drive unless you need massive amount of storage. But every computer today should be booting from an SSD for the best performance. Go ahead and add a platter drive you need terabytes of storage, but boot from an SSD.
We prefer SSDs made by Intel or Samsung.
256GB SSDs start at under $300 while 1TB drives are prices at around $670 making this one of the most expensive upgrades you make, but is offset by being the one upgrade that makes every computer run faster.
Graphics cards aren’t just for gaming, although they do determine gaming performance as much as any other component. But in a business setting, upgrading the GPU can have other benefits such as the ability to run multiple monitors and vastly increase GPU-accelerated applications such as Adobe Premiere and many 3D rendering programs.
Higher-end GPUs can add substantial heat to the inside of your case, and may require specific power cables and expansion slots so it’s best to let us check for both before you add a dedicated GPU. If your monitor is more than few years old, it probably support VGA and DVI inputs. Newer monitors include such connections as HDMI, and increasingly DisplayPort for the highest resolutions.
Dedicated GPUs start around $175, but you’re probably looking at $350 for a good mainstream model that provides reasonable 3D performance and support 3+ monitors.