PC gaming requires more skill

Upgrade PC: Targeted help where things get stuck

If your computer is no longer the fastest, it doesn't have to be a new one. By changing fewer components, you increase the pace of work.

You don’t want to wait forever until the PC boots up and your programs are ready to start? Do you want to enjoy computer games again and finally enough space on your hard drive? Then you have exactly two options: You buy a new computer with top hardware for a lot of money - and you can mentally make friends with the fact that you need a new PC every few years if you want it to always go smoothly. Or you can revamp your computer. Replacing hard disks, processors, RAM or graphics cards is often more sensible and cheaper than buying a new computer. In addition to a screwdriver and some thermal compound, only a little skill is required. Only the exchange of processor and motherboard is a bit more complicated, but does not require an engineering degree. Before you start replacing components, find out which parts you need. Not every graphics card or processor will fit every motherboard. If in doubt, refer to the manufacturer's website for information on the exact specifications of the components. If you do not know exactly what is in your PC, use diagnostic tools such as SiSoft Sandra Lite or CPU-Z. They quickly provide information about the inner workings of the PC.

Upgrade PC: Targeted help where things get stuck

Save a lot of money and provide targeted remedial action where things get stuck: If the patient drives up at a snail's pace, an SSD for 70 euros often gets him back on his feet. The fun of playing comes back with a separate graphics card for 180 to 340 euros, and if you often work with many programs that are open at the same time, you can get your software arsenal up to speed with at least 16 gigabytes of RAM (from 80 euros).

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Upgrade PC: graphics card

Gamers in particular cannot avoid a powerful graphics card, as modern 3D games demand a lot of performance from the graphics processor (GPU). Before buying a graphics card, make sure that your power supply has enough power for the card. Modern high-end graphics cards draw up to 300 watts from the system when they are running under full load. Also keep in mind that there must be enough space in the housing for the new graphics card. You can find out how to install a graphics card in the special on graphics cards. But which model offers the best performance for the money? COMPUTER BILD has compiled a list of the best graphics cards in the following overview.