Tempus fugit . Time flies, and in technology it does even more : that desktop PC that you bought yourself two, three or four years ago may now be beginning to hobble.
What seemed like a great setup some time ago probably isn’t so much now, but luckily the rapid evolution of technology makes it not difficult to adapt to the new times and do it without having to invest a fortune. Here we talk about the three great improvements that can make your PC re-emerge with force .
Before making a decision on where to invest the money to upgrade the PC, it is important to ask yourself a key question: why do I want that PC? Do we want to play Full HD? At 2,560 x 1,440? Do we simply want to navigate better and launch programs faster? This will allow us to determine the areas in which we can invest more and which ones we can sacrifice investing little (or nothing) in them.
Each user is different, but it is true that there are three improvements that we will probably notice in a very special way when updating our PC. What we invest in one or the other already depends on each scenario , but without a doubt they will be among the most complete ones that will win that user experience in front of the PC.
The SSD is more essential than ever
It is likely that by now you already have an SSD in your PC, but whether you already did or not, this is a great time to invest in this section .
If you already had a solid state drive in your PC, you will surely have noticed the improvement both in starting the operating system and in response times or launching programs and games. If you did you are in luck too, because SSD drives have never been more interesting than in these times .
That’s because prices have dropped dramatically in recent years, and acquiring a large-capacity drive is no longer out of our reach: It’s often possible to find 1TB-capacity SSDs for around € 110 , but here is An important distinction that affects that fundamental component of any PC: its motherboard.
SSDs with traditional SATA connectors are still a good option for all types of users, but the M.2 drives revolution is already a fact , so if your motherboard has one of these connectors, you will do well to take advantage of them.
The price of these SSD drives in M.2 format is no longer so different from that of SATA drives, and if your motherboard also supports the NVMe standard, you can buy drives that are also compatible with this technology to achieve transfer speeds and access even Faster than SATA SSDs can easily triple.
There is another curious alternative for those who do not have those M.2 slots: take advantage of some of the PCIe slots in your PC that are not occupied by peripherals such as graphics cards and reuse it with a PCIe to M.2 adapter . There are a large number of adapters at very affordable prices on the market that will allow us to use this little “trick” to gain those slots and take advantage of the capabilities of M.2 NVMe SSDs.
Obviously, taking advantage of these drives is as important as knowing how to combine them with the massive storage offered by traditional hard disk drives. HDDs still have a better price per GB, and in fact it is a good idea to combine an SSD of, for example, 512 GB, with an HDD of at least 4 TB .
With this we can “play” with those capabilities and place the operating system and the most frequent applications in the SSD and the data and even the games —which more and more frequently end up occupying more GB on disk than one expects— in those units Large capacity HDD.