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Worth upgrading?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cymas, Jan 1, 2013.

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  1. Cymas

    Cymas Thread Starter

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    This is something I've been thinking about off and on for about a year now. My current system runs great and I've had very few problems with it. However, it is getting a bit long in the tooth so I'm just trying to look ahead and see what my options are. Preferably before something fails. :p I've done two minor hardware replacements in the past year--one RAM stick failed and the CMOS battery died. I have no reason to suspect anything else will, but you never know with these things. I've had this computer for nearly five years now, after all.

    It's a desktop PC, a Gateway 5692. These are the exact system specifications. The only difference is that I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 recently--and believe it or not, I never really had any problems with Vista, I just felt like upgrading.

    So, any thoughts? Usually what happens is I wait until my system has a catastrophic failure of some sort and then rush out to buy a replacement, which is what happened when I bought this. However, I think I made out pretty well for it being basically an emergency buy lol. In fact, I am highly impressed that this thing runs like lightning compared to the less than a year old computer my mother bought when her ten year old eMachine finally kicked the bucket early last year. That's the main reason why I'd consider upgrading instead of replacing.
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Other than a ram upgrade, or hdd upgrade, you are going to be limited to the upgrades that you can do to your system. Your power supply is a rather weak unit, and you would have to find an AM2+ processor for any upgrade there. You could upgrade the Graphics but that would also mean upgrading the Power Supply for any significant Graphics card upgrade. Gateway computers and eMachines are made by the same company (Acer).

    If it were me, I would keep using what I have and save the money until I could afford to either buy a better computer or build one (my personal choice) with the specs and parts I want.
     
  3. Cymas

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    Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. Never hurts to have a second opinion though. :) I assumed I would be limited just because of the age of the components anyway. I tend to be one of the "if it's not broke don't fix it" types when it comes to electronics.
     
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    Personally, I think this part of your post says it all :D One of the first things I ask anyone when they ask about upgrading is along the lines of 'why?'. If you current machine works fine and does all that you need it to do then why spend money on upgrades or replacing it?

    Not saying you shouldn't, but I am tight as hell and don't fork out money unless I have too most of the time :cool:
     
  5. Cymas

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    Well, I'm not planning on upgrading/replacing it now. It's simply that the age of the system makes me feel that I should start looking ahead. I bought it in 2008 when my previous computer failed without warning (I did eventually recover the HDD, at least), and I'd really rather not get stuck making another impulse buy at the last second. I know very little about hardware so I just thought I'd ask for opinions while I was thinking about it. I'll put away some of this year's tax return and some of next year's, and that should give me a good head start. It's more of a contingency plan than anything. ;)
     
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