How to upgrade your Laptop

Have you been thinking lately about replacing your old laptop and get a new one? Hold on for a minute before investing hefty amount on a new laptop just because your old partner is slow and doesn't allow you to play new generation games. You might want to just replace a few parts on your old laptop to get it up and running!!

Laptops, unlike PCs, don't provide us with a lot of option for upgrades, but some of the key parts can be upgraded to optimize its performance. Now, when it comes to the computer the parts that decide it performance are RAM, CPU,  GPU( if you are a gamer) and Hard Disk speed. Surprisingly most of the old laptops have the option to upgrade most of the above-mentioned components.

If speed and performance are your main problems, then you might have to consider upgrading any of the above-mentioned parts to check if the issue is resolved before investing hefty amount on a new laptop. 

Upgrade your Hard Disk

Replacing your Hard disk might be the easiest of all as for most laptops HDD slot is provided on the bottom of your laptop, so that you don't have to dismantle entire laptop body. 

Once you have identified your HDD slot, you have two options to increase your system's performance.
  • You can replace your old HDD with a new compatible HDD with better write and read speeds
  • Second and the best solution is to get a new SSD (Solid State Drive) and replace your HDD. 
SSDs are more robust, better in performance and speed. They are of-course costlier than traditional HDDs but are worth every penny. Ever wondered why Macintosh performs better and faster than Windows counterpart? Apple uses SSDs in all their Mac devices to keep their devices perform better, faster and last longer. Some of the best brands in SSD are Samsung, Toshiba, Crucial etc. You may buy a good SSD  from Amazon below

Upgrade the RAM 

If HDD/SSD upgrade didn't solve your problem, the next step is to add more RAM (Random Access Memory) to your laptop to enhance the performance. RAM upgrade is generally needed if you want to play latest games as nowadays all modern games require a minimum of 4 Gb RAM on your laptop. It also helps to an extent in video editing and animation stuff.

Again if we talk about the best brands in RAM, big names like Samsung, Corsair, Kingston, Crucial etc come up. These are easily available on Amazon as given below

Note: You need to check if your RAM slot is expandable. If it's expandable, then you need to know which DDR version of RAM is supported by your laptop ( eg., DDR3) and then purchase accordingly.

Upgrade the CPU

Next option that you have to upgrade on your laptop is the brain itself, the CPU. Now you have to check with your manufacturer if it is upgradable. If it is upgradable then you have to get your motherboard model number and the types of CPUs that particular motherboard supports. Once all this information is collected you may purchase a modern compatible CPU. Before installing the CPU, as a pre-requisite check if there is any new version of the bios available for your motherboard. If available install the latest BIOS and then install the CPU

Now to get to your CPU, you may have to dismantle your entire Laptop. Take care while installing the CPU. You may have to do a research first on CPU installation or get guidance from someone experienced in CPU installation. As a usual rule f thumb, match the Arrow mark in the CPU and the slot to get the right fit. CPU pins are very fragile, so there is a high possibility of them getting bent if you place them wrong in the slot.

Usually, you may have to remove the cooler fan before getting into your CPU itself. So after placing the new CPU, don't forget to apply a good thermal paste and then connect the cooler fan back on to the CPU.

So these are possible upgrades or your old Laptop to make them great again! Now all the options might not be supported by all the laptops. But generally, HDD can be replaced in 99% of the old laptops. Do check with our laptop manufacturer about the possible upgradable parts in your laptop before disassembling them. Also, if you are not confident about it, don't do it unless you have someone experienced to guide you through the process.

Hope this helps a lot of you. So don't just throw off your old laptops in the garbage as they could end up snappier and better performing if proper upgrades are done. And of course, you could save a lot of money! If you find this article helpful and valuable, please comment down below. Also if you think there are more options for upgrade, do let us know the Laptop brand and the possible upgrades in the comment section down below.


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    1. Thanks Able . It feels good to hear that you found this article helpful


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