When work computers are starting to age and performance dips, disposing of existing PCs and replacing them with brand new models can prove pricey. So why not upgrade them instead? Choose the right business motherboard, and you can bring your ageing computer hardware bang up to date for a competitive price.
How you’ll save money
Obviously, the biggest saving you’ll make by upgrading is not having to replace an entire PC. Instead, you’ll re-use as many components as possible. Everything from the monitor, mouse and keyboard to case, power supply and storage devices (both hard drives and optical) can be left in place. What you will need to replace – other than the motherboard of course – is the processor.
Intel provides a choice of five basic models. Celeron and Pentium chips are best for everyday office machines, while the Core i3, i5 and i7 processors are engineered for multiple, demanding tasks. The trick is not to overspend. The lower-end chips perform are just as capable with typical office tasks (such as word processing and email), so save your investments in the higher-end chips for those machines that need it: your business server, for example, or your video-editing suite.
Some things to remember
Depending on the age of your old motherboard, you’ll probably need to upgrade the memory to the latest DDR4 standard. Again, savings can be made here – choose a motherboard with four memory slots, and you can populate two now and add more capacity later. Again, think sensibly – most office machines don’t need more than 8GB of RAM.