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How to Rebuild an Old Computer With New Upgrades

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The biggest advantage of computers is the fact that they can be easily upgraded to challenge a new one. Unlike some time ago, a computer and all its spare parts prices have gone down. As a result, even a used computer can be rebuilt using the latest in technology and converted into a fast and more advanced machine.

Here is what you can do to convert your old computer into a more advanced one.
  1. Disconnect the main power cable from power supply and open the cabinet.
  1. Dismantle all the equipment from the old computer cabinet. In general it is an inexpensive process to get rid of the old technology and replace them with new ones rather than buying a new one.
  1. Fix a new motherboard into the computer cabinet and tighten it with screws. Ensure that the motherboard fits into the cabinet safely. When selecting your motherboard, ensure that it suits the cabinet you have (differs from your desktop CPU to a tower CPU). This will make sure that the motherboard bits the system.  
  1. Fix the memory devices into the suitable slots in the motherboard. Determine what kind of memory you can use and how much a system can hold by signing into the website of the manufacturer (motherboard). Hold each memory device with the metal side facing downwards and put them in place.
  1. Put the hard drive into the drive bay and join the cable to the motherboard from the hard drive. Hard drive’s connection in the motherboard is marked and color-coded too. While choosing the hard drive, get the largest drive you can afford. Hard drive storage prices have decreased to a big extent. Ensure to connect the hard drive into the bay with screws.
  1. Fit the DVD burner into the drive bay and join the cables to the motherboard from the drive. The connection with the DVD burner is generally shown on the mother board. This is often called optical drive. Once the drive is in place, make sure you can fasten it with the screws.     
Warning and Tips for installing the upgraded computer parts
  1. Make a note of the model and brand number of different components like hard drive, floppy drive, mother board, DVD and CD drive, power socket and various other components. Before mixing components, make a detailed search on the driver availability and compatibility issues to ensure that the driver files required are available. Check the component for overheating signs, physical damages or any other issues and replace anything that has issues.
  1. Always make use of an anti-static strap on your wrist or any other mode of grounding to prevent component damages inside the system with static electricity. Backup any essential files before starting your upgrade process or even repairing your computer.
  1. If your system is too old, it could be IDE – a specific type of connection. Modern motherboards do not feature IDE connections; instead, they use the SATA connection for better efficiency. When you have an IDE hard drive and you plan to keep it while upgrade, pay attention when buying a new motherboard as you need an IDE slot in it.
Hope this guide can help you upgrade your system.  

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Caleb (not verified)
Older computers can be
Older computers can be salvaged if they are treated correctly and taken care of. Before you start rebuilding an older computer, take it to an expert so they can assess the damage and what upgrades need to be done.

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