All our computers are purpose built gaming PCs out the box, but you might want to upgrade later on in the future. The beauty of PCs, is you can always make them more powerful, and there’s no such thing as too much power! All these upgrades can be done by yourself, or by a professional. In truth, all can be handled by an enthusiastic learner. Do so at your own risk!
– Upgrading RAM / Memory
Easy. Just make sure they are the correct type – DDR3 or DDR4. Our listings will tell you what type you have. Watch here.
– Upgrading CPU / Processor
Medium to Hard. You just need to be careful as this is the most surgical procedure inside a PC. If you don’t want to change the motherboard, you can only upgrade within the same CPU support list as your current board. There’s a chance you may need to do a BIOS update on your motherboard. Have a steady hand and thermal paste at the ready. Watch here.
– Upgrading GPU / Graphics card
Medium to Hard. Physically swapping out the old GPU and putting with the new one is not that difficult. If the upgraded graphics card has a significantly higher TDP (Wattage) than the old one, you may need to upgrade the PSU. Search up the recommended PSU for your new card into your browser. It can be lower than this, but don’t stray too far from this figure. Check you have enough PCIe power connectors on your current PSU. You can buy Molex/SATA to 6/8pin PCIe adapters if your existing PSU is powerful enough. Finally, you’ll need to uninstall the old drivers using DDU, and install the new ones specific to your card for NVIDIA cards, or AMD cards. Watch here.
– Upgrading PSU / Power Supply
Easy to Medium. Simply unplug all the cables from the old PSU, remove it, then follow the reverse order. Power supplies are pretty much universal, and you shouldn’t need to worry about compatibility issues. Just make sure it’s a quality unit. Watch here.
– Upgrading Motherboard
Hard. You only need to do this if you are upgrading to a newer CPU. You may also need new RAM if you are upgrading to DDR4, and may also need a new heatsink if the existing cooler isn’t compatible with the new socket. You’ll need to remove the GPU and PSU cables to do this. Get a motherboard compatible with your new CPU. Watch here.
– Upgrading Case
Medium to hard. This is the most laborious upgrading task. Everything needs to go into the new case, and you might need a couple of extension cables for it to work. Almost all cases will be compatible, so you won’t have to do too much research. Make sure you employ good cable management skills! Watch here.
– Upgrading Heatsink
Easy. You only need to do this if you are overclocking, or want a better looking water cooling AIO / air cooler. Just make sure it is compatible with your motherboard socket. Thermal paste is required, and you might need to open the back panel of the case. Watch here.
– Upgrading Storage
Medium. If you’re only adding another HDD or SSD for extra storage, just plug it into a SATA power connector in your PSU, and attach a SATA data cable from the drive to the motherboard. Ensure there’s enough space in your current case. Then you’ll need to register it in disk management, but this is very easy. If you want to upgrade to an m.2 SSD, check it is compatible with your motherboard. If you want fast boot up , you’ll need to install Windows 10 onto the new SSD. Watch here.