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5 Relatively Inexpensive Upgrades To Boost Your Editing PC Performance

I recently shared the components that I used to build my new editing machine for under $800, but not everyone needs to build a completely new machine. There are many upgrades that you can make to your current machine that can help boost your performance when processing photos or editing video.

All of these upgrades are able to be done by you, in your own home, and you will need nothing more than a simple screwdriver to get it done. Here are 5 relatively (when compared to buying or building a new PC) inexpensive upgrades that can greatly improve your PC performance.

1. Upgrade Your RAM

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RAM or Random Access Memory is an integral part of both photo and video editing. For most people, 8GB will be plenty for most photo editing and general use applications. If you plan on working with video, then 16GB or 32 GB are even better options.

Upgrading a system to 8GB is easily doable for around $75, and upgrading to 16GB can be done for around $150. RAM does come in many different types, and sizes, so it is important to find out what sort of RAM is accepted on your Motherboard. I recommend getting the fastest RAM accepted by your Motherboard, in my case that was 1866Mhz.

2. Replace Your Mechanical Hard Drive With An SSD

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Beyond the RAM, probably the biggest thing you can do to speed up any older system is to switch out the old HDD for a new super fast SSD. Unlike in previous years, SSDs are now fairly inexpensive to add into your system. I was recently able to grab a 128GB drive for about $80, not bad at all.

If you upgrade your SSD, I recommend transferring your OS to run off of the SSD. That is worth a tutorial of its own, but you can find tons of videos on doing this on YouTube. The main SSD (I have two) in my system is this Crucial 256GB drive, which runs for just under $120.

3. Upgrade Your Graphics Card

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Most of you have probably already done this, or at least have heard of doing it. Upgrading your graphics card or installing multiple graphics cards (if your board supports it) can greatly increase your performance for many applications including gaming and video rendering.

High end cards run for as much as I spent on my PC total, but you can still get really efficient and quality cards for under $200. I recently upgraded my card to a new Radeon R9 270X, a $200 card that improved both my gaming and video editing experience.

4. Upgrade Your CPU Cooling

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This one is one of the best ways to improve performance and increase the stability of your system. Stock CPU coolers are simply not that great. They do the job of keeping your CPU from melting, but put any sort of stress on your system and they will hardly be able to keep up.

There are two ways that you can go to upgrade your CPU cooling: An upgraded air cooler or a water cooled system. There are other ways, but these are the two cheapest and most common ways.

Water cooling is what I went with, and believe it or not Water cooling isn’t as complicated as it used to be either. Now they make these completely closed systems, no filling up a reservoir or dealing with finicky pumps. Just attach it to the CPU, and place the Radiator on one of the fan slots in your case. These are also pretty affordable – I got mine for about $80 and it has allowed me to overclock my 3.5Ghz CPU to 4.2Ghz without breaking a sweat. This one is a great option from CoolerMaster and it’s only $50!

They also make great air cooled heatsinks like this one from CoolerMaster which are great options if you don’t want to deal with installing a radiator in your case.

5a. Upgrade Your CPU

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The CPU is the brain of your system, if it is getting old think about upgrading to the latest chip that will still work in your motherboard. CPUs, depending on how old, and what brand/model you need, can range from as little as $100 to $300 or even more for higher end processors. But this is a great way to extend the life of your current system without the need to completely go out and buy an all new PC.

Find our what CPU socket your motherboard has, then do a simple Google search for CPUs compatible with that socket. Find the most powerful one that still fits within your upgrade budget and you are good to go. Replacing a CPU is pretty simple these days, you only need to be careful of static and bending pins. But if you are careful, it’s no problem.

5b. Or, Overclock Your CPU

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If upgrading your CPU is out of the budget, or you don’t want to deal with replacing your current processor then overclocking your current one may be a better option for you. Not all CPUs are capable of being overclocked, so you may not even be able to do so, but overclocking, when done safely with sufficient cooling can help you squeeze the most out of your system. It is also a lot safer and easier to do now than it has been in the past. Best part is, it’s free, well, if you don’t count the cost of upgrading the CPU cooler.

[REWIND: How I Built My Custom Editing PC for Under $800]

These are just 5 relatively simple ways that you can upgrade your current PC to get the best performance out of it. Obviously all of these together is not the cheapest thing, but if you pick one here or one there and do it over time, it can greatly improve the performance and longevity of your system, eliminating the need to spend a large chunk of cash on a brand new PC.

What are your thoughts on these tips? What would you add? Would you like to see tutorials on doing these sorts of upgrades (with tests to prove photo/video editing performance boost)? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

 

 

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Marija Christofer

    The situation could be frustrating and can go a long way to slowing down your system’s speed. What do you do at this time? There is need to delete those unnecessary files.

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  2. Sarah Thomas

    PC oriented professionals may wish to consider the configurations of gaming systems. There are notable productions and values available which allow one to utilize photo editing software without a hiccup. The Cybertron line would be more than sufficient for budget conscious persons. I have an AMD based system with dual graphic cards (2GB) which easily handles the post processing rigors most would require. Nice write up. :-)

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  3. ShamB

    For a photography based PC, one mega-productivity device to consider is a dedicated card reader.

    If you have lots of images on your camera, it is often an order of magnitude faster to put the camera SD card into the reader and import into LR from that. You are then looking at USB2/3 speeds (actual speeds I see are about 25MB/s for USB2 and around 50MB/s for USB3) rather than the much slower 4-l0Mb/s I get from a camera via USB.

    Installing a fast card reader to an empy CDROM port at the front of your PC can be a real productivity booster, and is inexpensive. Also saves having to clutter the work area with lots of different camera to USB cables :)

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  4. Paul Tucker

    Nice article, Anthony.

    Seriously though, where are the people commenting getting their facts from? Obviously not from industry standards or benchmark results. Everything Anthony suggested has been proven to increase stability and performance.

    As someone who’s worked in IT (and the video/photography) world for over a decade, I can say that SSDs are the best thing since sliced bread. Seriously. Try rendering a video on a spinning platter disk and then try it again on an SSD and try to tell me that SSD’s don’t offer a performance benefit. The thing is, SSDs don’t have to spin to seek for data – they just go directly to the disk sector(s) housing the data and retrieve it. A spinning disk has to “seek” to each disk sector by making revolutions – often having to locate data in multiple locations (sectors) to retrieve a single file, thus resulting in waiting on the disk to spin around again to read that location. As a result, wait times and read/write speeds are dramatically improved as disk “latency” drops to nearly non-existent – and they’re also more power efficient and quieter, silent, as a matter of fact.

    It’s like saying that running on a 100Mbps internet connection with a 15ms ping time won’t make your computer work faster than say, working from a 1Mbps internet connection with 250ms ping time. Yes, your processor doesn’t do anything faster – but the content arrives quicker, which, by the way is called a performance improvement.

    Modern SSDs are also far more reliable than spinning disks. Try writing data to a laptop, then dropping the laptop while it’s in write mode. Kiss your disk goodbye. Actually, don’t try that – but you get the idea. An SSD isn’t affected by this type of bump or drop because there’s no spinning platter to scrape against the “arm” that does the reading and writing. Again, a horrible test – but it happens. Between the reduction in platter damage from drops and bumps and the fact that there’s no internal motor to fail, I’m happy to report from a world-wide corporation with 30,000 employees that since implementing SSD devices on the same computers that once had spinning HDDs, the number of repairs and system related issues has been cut by more than 50%. I obviously don’t recommend buying a junk SSD, but that’s a universal rule: You get what you pay for. I don’t recommend cheap HDDs or SSDs, or anything for that matter. Don’t by the cheapest, don’t by the most expensive – either way, you’re **probably** paying a premium in reliability or in branding.

    I highly recommend getting a backup disk that runs at least daily, but this has nothing to do with SSD vs. HDD. This is just a good practice and a life-saver in the event of a system failure.

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    • Apollo

      True, exporting to SSD is faster than HDD but SSD are so expensive that exporting to them is quite a expensive thing to do really…That’s why most of the video editors who do heavy editing use RAID5 configuration.

      And where do we get the facts? Somewhere which isn’t mutual, from websites that are reliable and do tests and compare products, take measures etc.

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    • Paul Tucker

      OK, let me reply by first quoting you:

      “2.) Firstly, SSD won’t improve performance, it just makes the applications open up faster, secondly it won’t make your Lightroom export anything faster. So, it’s just pure cosmetics. You want fast opening softwares, good, have a SSD. Personally I have a SSD but it won’t affect to calculating performance of the PC”

      I don’t see anything in there about being expensive as being the a reason that SSD’s are a poor suggestion. Is the argument changing here, or do you just not like suggestions that help people with less experience? I do agree with you that they are (more) expensive by the way – but some people are willing to pay for the performance increase, especially for a relatively simple one at that.

      RAID 5 (and other RAID iterations) are certainly an option that many techy or high-end editors will use, but the point of this article is to provide “5 relatively inexpensive upgrades to boost editing PC performance” – and buying at least 3 HDD starts getting pretty expensive, as well as a lot more complicated for the less-than-nerdy people who might be following these steps. And let’s be honest here, if this blog post is revolutionary news, then you’re not the nerdy type – and many people who work in the arts (photography/video) aren’t computer nerds, at least not to the level that would make them feel comfortable setting up a RAID 5 array – or possibly even consider installing a water cooling system.

      As for getting the facts, you can use a tool I affectionately call Google. It’s very effective. Try searching for: “ssd vs hdd benchmarks” and I think you’ll be surprised at how much information is available. Here’s a few to get you started:

      http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048120/benchmarks-dont-lie-ssd-upgrades-deliver-huge-performance-gains.html

      http://ocz.com/consumer/ssd-guide/ssd-vs-hdd

      http://www.storagereview.com/ssd_vs_hdd

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  5. Jurrian

    Can I just say that I think it’s great that you wrote an article about this.

    While computer hardware related topics always stir up a lot of fuzz, bottom line is that it has become quite painless to upgrade or even put together your own computer. I’m convinced anyone can do it as long as they can google a video and are willing to spend some time. I quite enjoy upgrading my computer. It gives the same feeling as repairing your own bike or car, but it’s much easier!

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  6. Shawn Nix

    ITT: Photographers that think they understand computer hardware.

    @Anthony Thurston, this was a good introductory post for introductory level knowledge of PCs. These are great suggestions for novices to computer hardware to get their feet wet with upgrading their systems. These options are really good methods for a good price/performance increase.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Thanks! In the end that is all this was really meant to be, a guiding hand, so to speak, for people who want to try and squeeze more performance out of their current system, without having to completely upgrade to a new system.

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  7. Apollo

    Honestly, it’s easy to make people pay extra money for these things that are almost useless.

    1.) This is true, upgrading the RAM is a good thing but there’s no point to pay extra for fast 1866MHz or faster sticks when the difference is less than 1%, closer to 0% but price can be 2-4x times than the normal 1600MHz RAM stick.

    2.) Firstly, SSD won’t improve performance, it just makes the applications open up faster, secondly it won’t make your Lightroom export anything faster. So, it’s just pure cosmetics. You want fast opening softwares, good, have a SSD. Personally I have a SSD but it won’t affect to calculating performance of the PC

    3.) It’s true that better Graphics card helps you to speed up video rendering BUT! Keep in mind, Premiere only supports CUDA so AMD Radeon series are useless. Secondly, the difference between GTX650 which is about 120$, and then GTX Titan, which is over 1000$, the performance difference is just 2%.

    4.) CPU cooling is a good thing to improve. Stock cooler is annoyingly loud when you do heavy load applications but change it to a closed loop water cooling? It’s like saying “I want a Ferrari but I have a crappy Nissan now, so I’ll just buy another Nissan so I’m closer to my Ferrari huh?”. These closed watercooling sets are the worst, they work almost as badly as the stock coolers + they can be really loud, especially the pump. So, if you want silence, you build your OWN watercooling set which costs 300-1000$ or invest to a good air cooler, like Noctua NH-D14 or Phanteks PH-TC14PE.

    5.) Upgrading processor is a good thing too but honestly, why AMD? Adobe is cutting AMD support from all of their applications, for example Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects? Why even build a machine on AMD when you can get same performance for the same price from Intel and you get support. Using AMD can make your softwares unstable or maybe they even corrupt files.

    Honestly, it’s good that people share ideas to everyone but please, if you’re not an expert, I’d recommend leaving the ‘recommendations’ to someone’s that know about these things…sorry to be rude.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Sorry but you are incorrect about Premiere only supporting CUDA. That was true prior in CS6 and previous edition, but in Adobe CC Premiere has support for AMD cards via OpenCL. Also, that whole bit about AMD CPUs is complete garbage. Nice try buddy.

      Oh, and the all in one water cooler, I couldn’t overclock my CPU much without major heat issues on the stock cooler. Installed an all in one watercooled one and now I can overclock 700Mhz with no temperature problems, and its about 9 times quieter than the stock cooler ever was. So again, nice try.

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    • Apollo

      ADM CPUs aren’t complete garbage, I’ve never said, you said this, not me. I’ve said that they are useless in photo editing and in the most of the heavy duty work since big companies who make the softwares, don’t support AMD anymore since they haven’t produced any high-end processor for years. That’s a big difference saying that and saying that they are complete garbage!

      And about the AMD cards via OpenCL, it’s faster than it was in CS6 but still, Nvidia cards are faster, thanks to CUDA, leaving CUDA being the good choice. Also, when you compare the price and performance boost, with Nvidia and CUDA you get far more performance for buck.

      “Oh, and the all in one water cooler, I couldn’t overclock my CPU much without major heat issues on the stock cooler. Installed an all in one watercooled one and now I can overclock 700Mhz with no temperature problems, and its about 9 times quieter than the stock cooler ever was. So again, nice try.”

      How do you say that it’s 9 times quieter? Do you have a sound meter there? That’s quite a review to be honest if it only bases on your own ear. But I can say that water cooled units that you want people to buy, have major issues with pump reliability (all of them) and for the price of them, you get far better air cooler. So, in shortly: Closed water loops = Extremely overpriced for the performance.

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    • WJ

      Obviously you are one of the experts and “knows about these things…” so please, create your own blog and share your vast knowledge with the world.

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  8. Rich

    People whining about ssd life really need to bring themselves to the year 2014

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Seriously. You should always have backups anyways, computer components fail, it happens, and you need to plan for it regardless of how long you think this or that component will last.

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  9. Björn

    SSD arent a good Option, they dont last long enough compared to normal HDD. My hdd runs now for over 6 years, theres no SSD on the market that will last half the time, when you use it all day.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Speed and Performance vs Longevity. This is why you also have an HDD with most of your data backed-up so if the SSD fails you have most if not all of you stuff still intact.

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    • karim

      Hm, that is funny! My SSD is used every day since 2010 and is still up and running well. Maybe we have a wonder here!?

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  10. Daniil

    I hope nobody takes this post seriously. Upgrading PC in these terms is not that easy. SSD won’t give you a performance boost, it’ll simply allow your things to load faster (and potentially get lost due to a cheap drive as I’m sure nobody in photog business would go for more expensive reliable ones). Overclocking is just plain dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing and you simply don’t gain that much in processing power. Upgrading CPU is a bit more complicated than you’d think mainly due to the fact that your motherboard/memory was made for a specific CPU set making upgrades not very economical for the gain. If you are using an old computer which (for whatever reason) support 64-bit but you’re not utilizing it, then yes, installing new 64bit system is better choice. Cooling – go to staples, get a can of air and blow all the dust from inside your PC; believe it or not, it does make a difference. Installing liquid cooling is probably not worth the effort and won’t make a difference. Installing more RAM does help with apparent speed-up, but you are probably maxed out as is and need to be really careful about the RAM you do choose. Pick from Crucial for reliability.

    If you’ve cheaped out on your original PC purchase, you should consult with those in the know as this isn’t as simple as picking up a screw driver. If it was, your job would also be as simple as picking up a camera, but its not.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Sorry you feel that way DaniIl, but did you seriously just say that an SSD will not improve performance it will just allow your stuff to load faster? Forgive me, but if something loads slowly, and then you make it load quickly, is that not a performance increase?

      A lot of machines have “easy-mode” overclocking, which contrary to what you say, is still relatively safe. The system bumps up performance until it detects issues and keeps your system within “safe” parameters. Is it fool proof and completely safe, no, no overclocking is, but to make it sound like if you make one wrong move your PC is toast is just silly. In most cases issues caused from overclocking can be fixed by simply flashing your board back to factory settings. There is always the chance that you fry something, but that is harder to do than people make it sound like. Its like using Magic Lantern on your Canon DSLR, some people are scared to do it – even if it has been proven to be mostly safe – on the odd chance that something mucks up.

      Installing an all-in-one liquid cooler like I mention in this post is hardly much more work than an aftermarket CPU heat sink. But it runs much quieter, and can keep the CPU cooler through much higher use than an air heatsink.

      I agree about the Crucial, great brand for RAM and SSDs.

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    • Daniil

      Anthony, I’m looking at this from a programmer’s perspective. Upgrading to SSD really does not improve your rendering speed. With plethora of SSD choices, its easy to go with cheapest thus jeopardizing your data and apparent performance down the road (SSDs do degrade with time and bad ones do so faster). Most people erroneously associate startup time of the program with performance; if it really bothers you, don’t shut down your PC/programs (I never do). Unless you work from SSD itself, by keeping files there or LR catalog or both, its not much diff. And there was a nice article on why its bad idea to keep LR catalog on SSD without a backup.

      Yes overclocking is easy these days, but brand-name PCs do restrict that greatly. And again, overclocking gives you extra 300-400MHz which wouldn’t be that much of a difference when processing 500 raws or rendering a long video. Overclocking does increase heat output and without proper cooling it slowly degrades the board decreasing PCs lifetime. I’m still using PC (for work and photography) from 2008 and seeing no reason to upgrade. Putting PC on a floor will give it cooler air and make it quieter. Dusting it will improve air flow thus allowing it to stay cooler.

      Reading myself now, this sounds like some woodoo stuff. Yet I don’t waste $$$ on new PC and get work done. Also, no idea what Magic Lantern on Canon is

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    • Mike

      Ok I have to chime in here Daniil.

      First off I have built many systems from cheap to not so cheap, so I know a little about the ease and difficulties that arise during upgrades.

      Daniil, you say ” SSD won’t give you a performance boost, it’ll simply allow your things to load faster…”. I have to knock the logic you have here, if things load faster isn’t that the definition of a performance boost? I have made this exact upgrade, on a MB Pro swapped the main HDD for a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD and its load the OS faster and programs run faster because a SSD is faster the a HDD. While your cpu doesn’t run faster overall the system is faster. Then you say things about cheap drives failing and losing all the info on that drive. ALL THINGS FAIL! BACK YOUR STUFF UP. It doesn’t matter if its a HDD or a SDD I’ve seen both fail. If your data is not on two different drives it will disappear into the ether WHEN not if your drive fails. Also if you work on a laptop and keep your data on it and a portable drive DON’T keep them together. If you lose and have your bag stolen EVERYTHING IS GONE. Best is to keep a copy on site and one off site. Carbonite works pretty good and its pretty cheap for off site backups. Sorry to go off on a tangent. But back to the point, SSD is a great upgrade that does give a good performance boost. And its pretty easy to do. For a PC, Samsung gives you a program to help migrate your system over to the SSD and for a MAC Timemachine will work very well.

      I agree with your thoughts about Overclocking and upgrading the CPU. Here are some of my thoughts. You NEED to know what your doing when overclocking its not as dangerous as Daniil makes it out to be but you can make your system very unstable, meaning that your computer can crash a lot. With the CPU upgrade, when I looked into this for my PC which is about 5.5 years old using the Intel 1156 socket, as of tonight 5/19/14 Newegg has one CPU that will fit my motherboard and its not ever that good of an upgrade for the price. So my point is, most of us looking to speed up a computer have old computers so its harder to get those CPUs. Also if you do change a CPU or a cooling system you MUST put thermal grease between the CPU (smooth part NOT the copper connection on the bottom) and the cooler.

      With regards to the cooling first you say, blow out the dust it makes a difference then you say don’t do liquid cooling because it won’t make a difference. Daniil, which is it, does a cool system run better or not? While I say cooling is important, liquid cooling is a little over kill if you’re not overclocking, but stock cooling doesn’t always get the job done. Fans are cheep and easy to install and air should flow in one direction. Don’t put the all the fans blowing out one should blow in. I have mine setup to blow in from the front and out the back and side.

      Now with RAM, first off Crucial is good but I also like G.Skill, go for either. And while the dimms (slots for RAM to be installed to the motherboard) might be filled, it doesn’t mean that you have maxed out of the RAM your computer can utilize. Check with the manufacture of the motherboard for the max and type and can be installed. Easy way to check what ram your computer uses, turn off you computer take out one RAM dimm and check the speed. Check out Newegg for ram very easy to get RAM there. They list all the speeds for you, which can be confusing. Like DDR3 1600 is also PC3 12800, Newegg has out this layed out and easy to read.

      Here is another trick to help your computer run faster. DON’T keep a lot of data, ie videos, photos or anything else large, on the desktop. You are asking the computer to keep this data front and center all the time. While it does that, your system resources are being taken up from this. If you want easy access to those files, put them in their appropriate folder and create a shortcut (PC) or an alias (MAC) on the desktop.

      So to finish up here. Anthony I really liked this article. I completely agree with points 1, 2, and 3, I’m so so on 4 (While its important to have a cool running system, for Photoshop and Lightroom to run well, stock will be fine, but I’m in favor of more case fans. Changing a CPU cooler, either fan or liquid is a pain in the ass. I put a big ass CPU fan, which barely fits in my large case, and I had to take the motherboard out to put a support bracket on the back of it. Not fun.) I disagree with 5a and 5b (most people who haven’t done either shouldn’t with out the help of someone who already has. Things could get messed if you install the CPU incorrectly, mainly the new CPU you just dropped $200 bucks on or the old motherboard that will cost about $150 to replace.

      One other thought for a cheap newish computer is to gut the old one and put new main parts in. An i5 Intel CPU will be about $200, motherboard $150, RAM 16GB $150, and video card $125, with a total cost about $725 for a pretty good computer.

      And sorry to go at you like that Daniil but I disagree so much with your thoughts about the SSD upgrade. I’ve done them a few time and its one of the best bangs for your buck out there.

      And lastly backup your data. OS and programs you can get back, but your data, (pics vids, docs and anything else you’ve created) must be on two different drives. Get one of them off site. If your house burned down and both copies are in there all your data is gone. Carbonite works well and for $10 a month Google Drive give you 1TB of storage or you store one drive at a friend or family’s house.

      OFF SITE BACKUPS!!!!!!!!

      That will be all.
      Mike

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    • Jurrian

      Mike, Daniil,

      Irony has it that you’re both right:

      For developing an SSD does only make things load faster (mostly initially before actual use of a program). However, with photography the actually performance bottleneck is often with loading and moving files around, so it does actually give you a performance boost during program use as well.

      In the end each of the mentioned upgrades in the article (not just the SSD) will help improve your system’s performance in specific situations. While obviously also useful for other needs I will list the upgrade with the most common bottleneck situations.

      SSD: severely reduced time in loading and moving around files compared to a normal harddrive (and booting up your computer!)
      CPU: Improve rendering speed of video’s or re-rendering them to different format for example.
      RAM: The amount of images, webpages (tabs), programs and other things you can have open at the same time. Contrary to what some people believe, more RAM does not make your computer faster even a tiny bit, unless it was a bottleneck for the amount of open items to begin with.
      Videocard: This is a more tricky one. This will boost playback of video’s, smooth the visual use of your programs and, depending on the software, might possibly boost rendering as well.

      @Daniil, Magic Lantern is alternative (unofficial) software you can load on to your camera for extra 3rd party features.

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    • Ranalli

      You must be the worst most inexperience programmer out there to not realize that so much time spend by the overall PC system is spent in I/O to disk.

      This is MAGNITUDES greater than any I/O done to video cards/bus/RAM.

      Keep on programmin’ bro!!!

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    • marco R

      SSDs are all about boosting performance. Especially in Video Editing. Of course not as fast as my Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt Raid.

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    • marco R

      when doing heavy video editing and running multiple streams of 1080p that extra read speed comes in handy.

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    • Rhys

      Overclocking is plenty safe. I run my 3570k at 4.5ghz 24/7 on a corsair h60 with no issues on a stable hackintosh. Computers are simple machines. Don’t make it seem more risky than it is. ESD is the biggest risk here.

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  11. James

    Just a quick edit…

    All of these upgrades are able to be done by you, in your own home, and you will need nothing more than a simple screwdriver (and a credit card) to get it done.

    :)

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  12. Michal

    Quite possibly most useless and pointless post I’ve ever seen.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Not everyone knows about these things. It may seem pointless to you, if you have some knowledge about it, but I can assure you there are plenty who may not even know any of the components that I am talking about. I appreciate the comment.

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    • Brandon

      Quite possibly most useless and pointless comment I’ve ever seen.

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    • WJ

      Instead of complaining, publish your own article if you don’t like this one. The internet is open to all. We will all be waiting for your fantastically informative piece.

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