A dedicated graphics card is vital to gaming. The more powerful the card, the higher you can turn the graphics settings. More powerful graphics cards deliver smoother gameplay and are capable of displaying resolutions beyond 1080p. The graphics card is one of the easiest components to upgrade - just make sure you have enough free space inside your PC and an adequate power supply.
Power supplies deliver power from the mains to the components within your PC. Higher performance components may require you to upgrade your power supply to deliver enough power. Modular power supplies make it easy to keep your PC tidy as you only attach the cables you require.
Motherboards & Processors
If you’re building or upgrading a PC, the motherboard and processor are key components to consider. The processor is the brain of your PC, while the motherboard connects all the other components, so make sure the motherboard has a good number of ports. It’s also important to check that they’re compatible for an easy set up - the processor socket has to match the motherboard.
Random access memory (RAM) allows your PC to effectively handle tasks – the more RAM your PC has, the more processes you can run at once. Demanding software such as Photoshop and Cubase will require large amounts of memory to perform. Installing new memory is simple – just check to make sure you add the same type you already have installed.
Hard drive enclosures
If you’re upgrading your laptop or PC but don’t want to sacrifice on storage, a hard drive enclosure lets you turn your old drive into portable storage just like an external hard drive. Simply plug your hard drive into the enclosure and then you can use it to back up and transfer files from your new computer in moments.
Internal hard drives
Many desktop PCs on Currys PC World
offer space to install additional hard drives, which are perfect for increasing your storage space or backing up documents in case another drive fails. Backing up means you’ll be able to boot your PC from a backup drive and minimise data loss.
Our range of PC cases are ideal if you’re building a PC from scratch. There are plenty of varieties to suit your needs, including compact and functional cases and high performance cases with integrated cooling that are perfect for gaming PCs.
PC fans and coolers
PC fans move air throughout your PC case and help to keep your PC cooler, while coolers can be used to distribute heat from individual components. It’s a good idea to upgrade your fans if you’re adding high performance components to your PC, or if you have a compact PC case with components close together.
Want some serious cooling power for your PC? Water cooling systems are perfect for keeping your motherboard and graphics card cool, with next to no noise. You can design impressive water cooling with clear tubing, colourful coolant and RGB lighting for a completely personalised look. Or keep it simple and install an all-in-one system for great performance with no fuss needed.