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The development in IT is progressing rapidly. The result is ever more powerful systems. This in turn enables applications with more functions. This is also the reason why your system eventually becomes obsolete and no longer provides enough performance. A PC upgrade is often the solution, but not always possible. In the following, you will learn what you need to consider when upgrading your PC.

 

What are the benefits of a PC upgrade?

The specific upgrade of your computer by replacing an individual component has many advantages. Above all, you avoid the purchase of a new system. A PC upgrade is significantly cheaper than buying a new system. At the same time, you save yourself the time-consuming task of copying all data and reinstalling applications on a new PC.

By upgrading, you also do something good for the environment. You extend the useful life of your computer and prevent e-waste. According to the United Nations Global E-Waste Monitor 2020, e-waste is the fastest growing household waste stream. In 2017, only about 20 percent of e-waste worldwide was properly recycled.

Often, e-waste is incinerated, releasing chemicals. This contributes significantly to the climate crisis. In addition, e-waste endangers the health of many people and nature. For this reason, a possible PC upgrade is always the better solution compared to disposal.

It is also possible to adapt the computer to your current requirements. Maybe you want to create videos or elaborate graphics with a lot of memory. Replacing the graphics card is usually possible.

These are the main advantages of a PC upgrade:

  • An inexpensive option for more performance
  • Adaptation of the system to your own needs
  • Environmentally friendly solution
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How does a PC upgrade work and is upgrading always possible?

With a PC upgrade, you replace an existing component with a new, more powerful one. In principle, a PC upgrade is comparable to a tire change. Instead of the old tires, you simply mount new ones. However, the tires must match the vehicle and the existing mounting options. As with the car and the tires, the new component must be compatible with the existing interfaces of your computer.

For this reason, it is not always possible to upgrade a PC. The example of the main memory shows the limitations. There are regularly new standards for interfaces. New standards increase performance and new technology can be installed. The processor is bound to a certain RAM. Thus, your motherboard determines which type of RAM you can install. However, there are usually different sizes of one type, such as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. Thus, you can still upgrade your device with a larger memory.

The number of interfaces and the maximum capacity is also limited. This is determined by the RAM standard and the motherboard. Accordingly, you are bound to the specifications of your platform when you upgrade. All these points have to be taken into account when upgrading a PC.

Solutions like the PrimeBook Circular with its modular construction give you more freedom. Here, changing standards and generations is possible. The plug-in card-sized module contains a processor, graphics card, RAM, and WLAN. Thus, it is possible to switch to a new standard with a new module. This gives you more freedom and the possibility to install more powerful components in the future

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For which systems is a PC upgrade possible?

You can update almost all computer systems more or less flexibly. This applies to desktop PCs, thin clients such as the PrimeMini, as well as laptops and notebooks.

However, the individual possibilities always depend on the respective system. With laptops, for example, it is often not even possible to replace the processor because it is permanently connected to the board. Also, the space for additional working memory is usually limited. There are usually two or four banks for expanding the working memory.

It is therefore important to find out exactly which upgrades are possible on your system beforehand. You can find information from the computer manufacturer. In addition to the interface standards, also pay attention to the available space. This is especially important for graphics cards because they vary in length. There is not always enough space in the case for the installation.

In addition, many devices have a glued case. As a result, they are not so easy to open. Upgrading is therefore not possible at all or only with a lot of effort. Therefore, it is advisable to purchase a computer that can be opened easily. Optimal is the possibility to unscrew the case.

 

What are the advantages of modular systems for PC upgrades?

With modular computers, you have significantly more freedom when it comes to upgrades. This is because the components, such as the processor or the RAM, are no longer located directly on the motherboard. In PCs with a modular design, they are housed on a replaceable module. The module is in turn connected to the rest of the components via a standard interface.

This has decisive advantages because thanks to the module you are no longer bound to a certain standard. This allows you to upgrade the RAM in your PC from DDR3 to DDR4, for example. The same applies to future standards like DDR5. The only thing that matters is that the corresponding modules are available.

With a modular system, you can replace complete modules individually. Processor, working memory, and interfaces are available on these. This makes upgrading easier and gives you many more options. Above all, it is still possible to upgrade a modular system in the coming years. This brings it back up to current performance standards.

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Which components can I replace during a PC upgrade?

A PC upgrade is about specifically changing one or more components. The majority of the computer, such as the case, the motherboard, or the power supply, as well as other components, therefore remain. The performance of your system depends mainly on the following components:

  • Processor
  • Working memory
  • Hard disk or SSD
  • Graphics card
  • WLAN

An upgrade mainly affects the central component of a system. The processor is responsible for computing power. RAM provides fast memory for applications. The speed of the system can be increased by expanding the RAM. If there is no longer enough space to store data, a new, larger hard drive will help. SSDs are also significantly faster than HDDs.

With the PrimeBook Circular, you can conveniently replace the central components in one go. The CPU, working memory, graphics card, and WLAN unit are installed on the exchangeable module. So you can upgrade all these components in one step. The rest of your PrimeBook Circular remains untouched. You can still replace the hard drive separately. This Circular Modularity design extends the product lifecycle of the hardware and is proven to reduce CO2 emissions.

This system greatly simplifies and speeds up the upgrade of your PC. Changing the plug-in card with CPU, RAM, graphics card, and WLAN is completed in just a few minutes. In essence, you have a new, significantly more powerful system at your disposal.

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When is the time to upgrade your PC?

Upgrading the system makes sense when your computer is no longer up to the current tasks. This can be seen in slow program starts or games that no longer run properly. Often, it is also no longer possible to install new software because the system no longer meets the minimum requirements.

Even if your PC no longer meets your requirements, you should consider a PC upgrade before making a new purchase. Reasons for this could be different requirements in your job or from co-workers who need more performance.

Changing the operating system is also a good reason for an upgrade. Sometimes a new operating system requires more performance. On the other hand, modern platforms are also capable of managing more resources. By upgrading, your PC will then be better suited to the new operating system.

The new WLAN standards, such as Wi-Fi 6, have also significantly increased the network speed in recent years. To take advantage of this speed, both your PC and your router must be compatible with the standard. Thus, an upgrade on the PC improves the data transfer speed and makes sense if you have a router with Wi-Fi 6.

 

What should I look for when purchasing a system to simplify future PC upgrades?

When you buy a new system, you already decide how easy it will be to upgrade it later. Therefore, it makes sense to select a system where this is possible. This way, you retain the option to easily increase the performance of your system at a later point in time.

When buying, make sure that the chosen system has interfaces and components of current generations. Older systems are often cheaper, but sometimes they can’t be upgraded at the time of purchase.

The number of interfaces and expansion options are also important factors. Some systems only offer two banks for working memory. Sometimes even both are occupied. Thus, upgrading the memory is only possible by replacing the existing module. In other systems with four banks, you can simply install additional RAM.

If you want to be sure of PC upgrades for many years, then it’s worth buying a modular system. Prime Computer’s 100% climate-neutral PrimeBook Circular, for example, is based on this system. You can also contact Prime Computer directly to find out about the features and benefits. There you will receive competent help in finding a new system.

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  • Upgrading your PC is much cheaper than buying a new one. At the same time, you save the time-consuming copying of all data and the reinstallation of applications on a new PC.
  • By upgrading, you also do something good for the environment. You extend the life of your computer and prevent electronic waste.
  • When you upgrade your PC, you replace an existing component with a new, more powerful one.
  • With modular computers, you have significantly more freedom when it comes to upgrades. This is because the components, such as the processor or RAM, no longer sit directly on the mainboard. In PCs with a modular design, they are housed on a replaceable module. The module is in turn connected to the rest of the components via a standard interface.
  • Upgrading the system makes sense when your computer is no longer up to the current tasks.
  • If you want to be sure of PC upgrades for many years to come, then it’s worth buying a modular system. The 100% climate-neutral PrimeBook Circular from Prime Computer is based on this system.
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