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What Linux Hardware Upgrades Make Sense? - page 2

Memory and Storage: Easy Peasey

  • August 5, 2010
  • By Paul Ferrill

For the really ambitious there's the rip and replace option, where you tear the guts out of your machine and replace the motherboard and CPU. This is a more difficult, finicky task so it's not for everyone, but it can significantly upgrade your computing experience. Be careful with big-name computer brands like Dell or HP, because they customize their machines in ways that make them difficult to upgrade with off-the-shelf parts. There are multiple on-line vendors specializing in providing upgrade options for the do-it-yourselfer.

Upgrading just the CPU might be an option if your motherboard supports something worth upgrading to. This will give you nice performance boost, especially if you upgrade to a multi-core CPU. If you do choose to go that route, you'll want to make REAL sure that the CPU you're upgrading to will work with the motherboard you have, and also your memory. Contemporary otherboards are very fussy about both CPUs and RAM.

Bottom Line

Memory and disk drives are probably the two easiest upgrades to consider from an installation perspective. Just about anyone can do the hard part with a little instruction. The web is full of tutorial videos on upgrading your system. A quick scan on Youtube.com should do the trick. With costs continually dropping, now's a great time to get it done. Go ahead; you know you want to.

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