By Dylan Rhodes posted Aug 16th 2011
In May, we created a video that demonstrates how to upgrade a power supply and a video card. Since it was aimed at beginning and intermediate PC users, we chose a system that's a popular choice for a first computer — a Dell Inspiron.
We couldn't leave well enough alone, so we've tricked out the Inspiron again, this time with a 120GB Force Series™ 3 SSD and eight gigabytes of Vengeance™ Low Profile memory. The performance improvement is dramatic. Along the way, we discovered that the Inspiron desktop PC doesn't quite conform 100% to industry standards, but we were able to work around it pretty easily.
If you're like many of our customers, you've already moved past the pre-built PC stage and you're comfortable assembling systems from the ground up. Creating this video was fun, because it allowed us to get back to the basics and show off the power of system upgrades to viewers who haven't yet worked up the courage to perform their own upgrades. And, it's always satisfying to see some amazing results with just a little work with a screwdriver.