Resisting The Urge To Upgrade Your PC

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The so-called “upgrading itch” regularly hounds PC enthusiasts, making them replace existing setups at least once every year. The lightning-fast developments of PC hardware and peripherals don’t help, and many are forced to shell out tons of dollars to maintain top-of-the-line systems and, well, bragging rights.

But while it can’t be helped for people with no budget issues and such a high devotion to computer culture, the average user doesn’t have to feel compelled to follow suit. Here are some ways to ensure that your own system avoid going the Jurassic way too quickly.

Firstly, be future-ready with your upgrade. Research on the current mid-end setups and don’t hesitate to shell out more especially on your first upgrade after many years. Keep in mind that cheaper setups mean older systems, which might lead to a lack of support for newer computer technologies. For example, you’d need current industry-compliant USB port types for your other devices.

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Secondly, you don’t need to upgrade your graphics card if you only use your PC for light computing work, like surfing, writing, and editing. Video cards can be outright expensive, but if your existing one is still compatible with the new motherboard you plan on getting, just keep it and just save those precious dollars.

Finally, ask yourself why you feel like upgrading in the first place. If it has been slowing down lately, maybe all you need is to backup and defrag your hard drives or get more RAM. If it’s because you want to play an upcoming game that your current PC can’t support, then go ahead. But if you have a console, check first if the said game is available there, too.

Hi, my name is James P. DeVellis, a true-blue technogeek. I’m currently working for a big tech company. For more tips and insights on computers and gadgets, follow me on Twitter.