PC & Mac Hardware Upgrades
Fitting an SSD is the best way to improve performance on an older system.
Haslam IT can perform most hardware upgrades for your PC, laptop or Mac system, whether you are looking to add more RAM, install a solid state drive or improve your graphics card, we can help you get the best performance possible from your system.
Not sure where to start? Just give us a call and we will be happy to advise.
Generally, if you have a standard (rotational) hard drive installed, the best way to improve performance is to fit a solid-state drive. These have no moving parts and are around five times faster than a traditional hard drive and the cost has greatly reduced in recent years.
The amount of RAM in a system generally affects the number of programs that can be used at the same time. If your system is short on RAM, this can result in frequent "paging" where data is swapped from working memory to "virtual memory" on the main storage. If you are using a traditional Hard Drive this has a severe impact on performance, but less so with an SSD
Checking the Amount of RAM Available in Your System
On a Windows system, the easiest way to check on all system resources is to run MSINFO32
Simply open the Run Prompt by pressing the Windows Logo key and R at the same time or Right-Click on the start menu, and select Run from the pop-up menu. Then type MSINFO32 into the command window:
This will result in a screen similar to:
This shows various information, including the amount of RAM and processor installed. You can save/export this report from the file menu as an NFO file.
You can also obtain the amount of RAM installed (and various other information) on a Windows system by right-clicking on the "This PC" icon and selecting properties:
You can also get to the above screen from Settings > System > About
Checking Resources on Mac Systems
You can confirm the amount of RAM installed and various other resource information on a Mac by clicking on the Apple logo (normally the top left-hand corner of your screen) and selecting "About this Mac". This will produce a screen similar to:
If you click on the storage tab on the previous screen, you will see information on the size and type of disk drive installed: