How to Upgrade a Computer System
By TS Jordan
Performing your own computer upgrades will enable you to extend the useful life of your PC while saving money when compared to making a full system repurchase every two to three years. The most efficient, simplest-to-perform and greatest "bang for your buck" computer upgrades are upgrading the system RAM and the video card as well as adding an additional hard drive.
Turn off the computer and disconnect it from the wall.
Remove the case screws on the back of the machine and remove the side panel.
Insert the new RAM into the RAM slots located near the processor fan on the top of the motherboard. Press down until the chip(s) click into place.
Screw the new hard drive into the drive bay underneath your current drive. Connect an IDE cable to the data port and a molex power cable to the power port.
Unscrew your current graphics card from the PCI-E slot on the bottom half of the motherboard. Insert the new card in its place and screw it into position.
TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.