Buy the hardware you need to avoid headaches later.
Some laptops can be upgraded fairly easily, but do your research here.
If you're simply enduring sluggish performance or you've run out of storage space, then the problem can probably be solved by either increasing your computer's RAM or replacing its hard drive.
Other issues have more complicated solutions that may extend further than a basic part swap can fix.
Plus, upgrading parts will almost always void your warranty. Not everything in your laptop can be upgraded easily.
So, what can you upgrade in your laptop, and what are the risks involved? Unlike a desktop PC, several parts of a laptop are soldered on, which means they can’t be removed.
When you build a desktop PC yourself, a typical case will come with plenty of room inside.
You can open it by twisting a few screws and get easy access to all the hardware in the case.
You also can choose when your computer installs these updates.
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For example, if your laptop is unable to play Batman: Arkham City, it may be that you lack the necessary graphics processor, have insufficient RAM, are running short on hard drive space, or are experiencing a combination of all three.
Solving this problem with an upgrade may not be possible (adding a discrete graphics card isn't always an option in a laptop), or may be prohibitively expensive or more complicated than you want to take on. Swapping out a part can be as simple as removing a battery and replacing it with a new one, or as complex as opening the laptop case or removing the keyboard.
Some manufacturers may try to make upgrading their prebuilt desktop PCs more difficult, but even those PCs aren’t as difficult to upgrade as the average laptop. You don’t build your own laptop — instead, you buy a prebuilt laptop from a manufacturer.