Laptop & PC Upgrades
Storage/Hard Drive Upgrades Memory Upgrades Power Supply Replacement Graphics Card Upgrades Laptop Screen Replacement
If your laptop or desktop PC is feeling a bit sluggish, rather than simply replacing it with a new device, it may be worth considering an upgrade.
At MASK Support we don’t believe in replacing computers for the sake of it, and for the most part, if your laptop or desktop computer is less than 10 years old, then it can often be given a new lease of life by upgrading a couple of key components. Usually at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
We also offer a free collection and delivery service within a 10 mile radius, with prices starting from as little as £10 if your further afield.
Hard Drive Upgrades
One of the biggest improvements in the performance of your computer can often be achieved by replacing the old fashioned Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a modern Solid State Dive (SSD).
This type of upgrade usually results in a significant reduction in the time it takes your computer to start up, as well as a significant improvement in the time taken to open and close applications and to save files.
With current SSD prices being so low upgrading from a HDD represents excellent value for money and can make your old computer feel like new again.
As the price of SSD’s tends to fluctuate it is difficult to give an exact cost for this service. However, you should expect to pay in the region of £80 for a 240GB SSD upgrade and this will include copying all of your files and programs from your existing drive, and installing and testing the new drive, with a 1-day turnaround in most cases.
Memory (RAM) Upgrades
Another great way of improving the performance of your computer is to add more memory (RAM).
This type of upgrade is especially useful if you are the type of user who has a lot of browser tabs open at once, or if you have several applications running and need to regularly switch between them.
Upgrading the RAM in your laptop or desktop PC is relatively inexpensive and will revitalise your old computer.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to give an exact price to upgrade your RAM as this will depend on the specifications of the RAM required for your computer and the ever fluctuating cost of PC RAM.
Having said that, you can expect an 8GB RAM upgrade from MASK Support to cost in the region of £60-£70 which includes installing and testing your new memory, and a 1-day turnaround in most cases.
Power Supply Replacement
One of the most common items to fail in a mordern PC is the power supply (PSU). A faulty PSU can also be the cause of other, seemingly unrelated problems, such as a corrupted hard drive.
A PSU can fail for many reasons, and two of the main causes are:
- Dust – a build of dust in your power supply can cause it to overheat or prevent the cooling fan from spinning. This can result in the PSU not being able to deliver the power required by your computer and can potentially cause damage to other components in your PC. As a result, when we are replacing a failed PSU we may recommend the installation of additional fans and/or dust filters, as well as altering the location of your PC, to try and prevent this from happening in the future.
- Cheap or underpowered PSU – a lot of prebuilt computers will often come with a cheap and/or low powered PSU and these can often fail, especially under heavy use.
The good news is that replacing a power supply doesn’t have to be expensive with prices starting from as little as £80.
Graphics Card Upgrades
Adding a graphics card (GPU) to your PC, or upgrading an existing graphics card can greatly improve your computers graphice performance, whether you use it for gaming, or other graphics intensive tasks, such as 3D rendering or compiling software.
When it comes to upgrading or adding a GPU there are a multitude of options to choose from, and it’s difficult to give an exact cost, but you can expect to pay from £200 for an entry level card, and from £1,200 for the latest gaming GPU, including installation.