Things to Consider in Upgrading your Computer System

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Don’t toss out your trusty PC!

Just because there is a new shiny model on the showroom floor, doesn’t mean you have to buy it.  Save yourself money and upgrade.

Before you upgrade your computer system there are a few things you should think about. 

What are you using your PC for? 

Are you browsing the net and performing run-of-the-mill applications?  Then you could upgrade and improve on the aspects of your computer that you are displeased with.

Adding memory to your computer is a popular and inexpensive upgrade that might bring your PC back into good standing.  It will increase speed and give you the ability to access some of the newer games available.  512MB of RAM is a basic requirement for general users. More memory also reduces the potential of your PC freezing up.  And you can do all of this for under fifty dollars if you know where the bargains are.

Additional hard drive space is always desirable.  No matter what you do with your PC, more hard drive space is a good thing.  If you want to download movies and keep MP3 files, you will need more room.  This is another frugal way to upgrade. Hard drives are beginning to come in underneath the hundred dollar bar.  This option will give you more storage and speed.  You can replace your current one or plug in a second/third etc. hard drive without breaking your bank.

Does your computer have a CD/DVD-RW drive?  If not, get one of these nifty toys to create your own CDs, DVDs.  Save your most important files on CD or DVD.  Make a copy of those digital photos of the new baby on DVD and your family and friends can watch it on their TV. Design your personal techno mix for the long commute.  Just like everything else that hit that market a while ago, CD/DVD-RW drives are down in price.

Are you a photo fiend?  Join the club.  If you are one of the many that loves graphics, you will be ecstatic with a new graphics card.  Images will burst with color and life.  A graphics card will increase the speed of deliverance as well as improve resolution.  Get a graphics card to get the full experience of the photos from your digital camera.  If you are a gamer these are a must have.  Don’t go for the professional graphics cards though.  They will run you a couple of hundred dollars.  Get a decently priced layman’s graphics card.

Maybe a new monitor will satisfy your upgrade urge.  This is a nice option because it will continue to be useful when you get a new PC.  Go with a snazzy new flat screen.  You won’t regret getting one of the crisp, new shiny models.  Newer monitors are very easy on the eyes and take up little space.

Whatever upgrades you choose, be smart about it.  Don’t try to get the priciest features because they may not be compatible with your computer.  Also remember that you can’t catch technology by the tail and hold it.  Face it; you will be replacing the computer you have eventually, so stick with the easy, useful upgrades.  They will tide you over until you are ready to purchase a new PC. 

And finally there is a point when you have to say goodbye to your old PC but only if your PC is more than three or four years old. In that case, you might as well spend the extra money and get a new one.  Computer technology has made major leaps and bounds in the last few years.  If your computer is three years old or older, you won’t be able to upgrade enough to really make a difference.

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