As an old military-themed 80s cartoon used to say, "Knowing is half the battle." Here are things to know to help you decide whether laptop spare parts or a new laptop purchase is the more practical choice.
1. Will upgrading solve the problem? • Diagnose the problem first. If your laptop is merely operating slower than usual, chances are it’s only in need of defragging, or even simply clearing out more space in your hard drive so that the computer has more headroom to process data.
• If the laptop’s performance problems are only noticeable with newer programs, then outdated hardware is the culprit. Of course, the assumption is that you really need to run those new programs.• If such is the case, you have to first make sure that the laptop part you need swapped out is easily accessible; most current laptops have handy removable panels for just that purpose.
2.Do you know how to perform thisupgrade? • Removable panels are mostly for RAMs and hard drives, though. While there are laptops that allow access to GPU slots, these are usually the high-end models. • Removable panels are mostly for RAMs and hard drives, though. While there are laptops that allow access to GPU slots, these are usually the high-end models.
• CPUs and GPUs are the laptop components carrying very delicate processing chips. Replacing them often means having to open up the laptop’s chassis to reveal its innards. This in turn means that a user has to have the proper technical knowledge first before going through with it. Arguably then, laptop manufacturers had the right idea in restricting the access to these two parts• If you don’t have the right tools (both literal and figurative) for replacing CPUs GPUs, it would be more prudent to just sell your old laptop instead and add the money to your “new laptop fund.”
3. Is the upgrade worth it, or will yousave more with a total replacement? • Finally, if you do want to go through with parts replacement, you have to know if doing so will save you more money. • New batteries can go for $20-50, optical drives and additional RAM start at around $50, and hard drives can set you back by $75 at least. All can be relatively pricey, but it’s still better than blowing $500 and above on a new machine, wouldn’t you say?