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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:10AM Shadanwolf said

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Never upgrade....buy new every 3 years.With this economy..I'm now pushing toward 4 years,since I want to pay cash.

Posted: Aug 8th 2010 11:20AM Valdamar said

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This is what I do - buy a cutting edge PC (not bleeding edge) and keep it for 3 years. Currently I'm 6 months past when I should have bought a new PC, but in my case it's not the economy but an arm injury that has delayed it - I don't want to buy a new PC until I can use it to the fullest for gaming.

What usually prompts me to buy a new PC isn't just time, but a new game I can't run yet really want to play - at the moment that game is Transformers: War for Cybertron, but as my arm is still being rehabilitated I'll probably wait until I know recommended specs for SW:TOR, Battlefield 3 and GW2 as well before I buy a new PC.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:15AM Hild said

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I upgrade or replace my PC about every 2 years...I think the longest I've ever gone with one computer is 4 years during college. MMORPGs rarely cause me to upgrade, although EVE did. I hear the LOTRO F2P beta has a DX11 client, so I'm glad I have a new machine for when I start playing that.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:19AM ZachDude said

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I pretty much only upgrade when I need to. Like I had a 2 gig stick of ram crap out on me, had to go get that the other day. On the upside I can play APB now, and it runs pretty good. Usually only upgrade after tax return also, as its the most extra cash I get.

I have upgraded my pc for games. The ram was pretty much for apb, and to run scII on higher settings. When I upgraded to a 9800gtx+ it was for many games, not just one. Oh, and I remember getting a better processor for warhammer and champions online.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:19AM (Unverified) said

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I usually intend on upgrading every 3 years, but almost always just end up buying so many components I end up with an entirely new PC. I'll often upgrade right before a game I'm anticipating comes out. so my next upgrade will be at the dawn or TOR.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:22AM (Unverified) said

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My old computer lasted six years before I decided to upgrade, and I chose a very good notebook as the replacement. Mind, I've done the upgrade only recently, and my old computer has been incapable of playing the most recent games; however, back then it was a state-of-the-art computer, and with a RAM and a GPU upgrade it could run even Bioshock at maximum graphics, although with stuttering framerates.

But never has an MMO forced me to upgrade. I was afraid I might need an upgrade for Guild Wars 2, but in the end, GW2 wasn't what made me replace my old computer; going to university and needing a more mobile workstation was.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:26AM paterah said

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My PC is 5 years old and I love gaming but I guess I can't call myself a "gamer" with my crappy machine. Only changed GeForce FX 5700 to Geforce 8600GT and a intel core duo from a pentium 4 somewhere on the way. Probably gonna buy a new one tho, so manny things wrong with my rig (like my 80GB hdd).

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:27AM Wieland said

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I buy a new one every 6 years. Once or twice in that time i put in a new graphic card.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:34AM Wisdomandlore said

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I have a feeling I'll be forced to upgrade mine soon. This is a fairly recent machine (2 years old) that had near top of the line parts at the time. But the graphics card has already failed twice. It's showing signs again, and the warranty doesn't cover it anymore. I figure I'll start putting money away for a new one (with DX11! :D ). Replacing it is out of the question, so I'll probably upgrade so more parts in a few years and see how it does.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:47AM Dandmcd said

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I upgrade once I can't run a new game I want to play in full settings. Right now I can play Crysis, LOTRO and Age of Conan on their highest settings, but I have a feeling FFXIV might give me a challenge for the first time, although I have read it is more CPU intensive then GPU. We shall see, but my OC I7-920 should be well prepared for any challenges.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:51AM ChongShin said

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My situation: Moving above my Q6600 2.4 GHz LGA775 processor is expensive enough that I may as well look at spending that money on a new architecture.

Problem: Doing so requires a new motherboard, which adds to the expense, and if I'm going to go this far then I may as well get one of the six-core processors (but the only one that would be an upgrade in terms of GHz is $300).

Possible mid-step: Purchase an AMD motherboard and a 3.4 GHz quad core then wait for prices on six-cores to decrease.

Result: Staying where I am. My system is a bit lopsided (2.4 GHz CPU w/ 5850 GPU), but the real-world returns on upgrading the processor would doubtfully justify the cost of upgrading. I game at 1920x1080, and this system is more than capable of running that resolution with most, if indeed not all, options maxed.

Solution: Stick to console gaming for the foreseeable future. This is why I purchased a console. It's ultimately less expensive and less of a headache.

Indeed, purchasing a 360 to sit next to my PS3 would be less expensive than upgrading my PC, even if I stuck with the mid-step option.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:04AM ChongShin said

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I went into cost-benefit-analysis mode and I completely for got answer the question.

Had an MMORPG ever driven me to upgrade?

"Ever" is a long time, and going back to EverQuest's release (the original) I can say that I was so super stoked about it that EQ was a deciding factor in upgrading my PC.

No other MMORPG comes to mind as having played a significant role in my decision to upgrade. It's always been single player games pushing that process for me, but that makes a lot of sense. The MMO genre is not known for pushing the graphical envelope because they're required to get as large an audience as possible, although EQ2 was something of an exception. It makes sense that the driving force behind PC upgrades would be single player games, which have traditionally pushed very hard against the boundaries of PC requirements.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 8:53AM (Unverified) said

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I completely upgrade my pc every two years or so

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:00AM archer75 said

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The older I get the longer I go between upgrades. I did just upgrade last september all the parts except the video card. So i'm looking at upgrading that soon. Then probably another year and a half to 2 years till the next upgrade. But then I also have 5 computers in my house. But they are not in need of upgrades for a very long time.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:05AM Colerejuste said

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My current machine is about 4 years old as well. Initially, it had just 2GB of memory, with an upgrade to 4GB about 6 months after I got it.

About 1.5 years ago, my graphics card fried, so I replaced/upgraded that.

And just last month, I upgraded my memory to 8GB and replaced Vista Ultimate 32bit with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Perhaps it's because of the memory, perhaps it's Win7, but load times are faster than ever, and I don't imagine I'll be upgrading anything else for at least another 2 years unless there's a hardware failure.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:08AM DarkMellie said

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I've only ever upgraded an entire rig, never parts at a time like friends. Currently, my dual GTX 295's are handling everything thrown at it, but in a year or two I might look to upgrade the both of them.

So yeah, never really got what the fuss is about with AoC, runs perfectly to me (even looks a little dated) :P

Posted: Aug 10th 2010 2:12PM (Unverified) said

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I went a long, long, long time between upgrades. My last PC I had gotten when Battlefield 2142 came out I believe. I was mostly playing consoles since I lived out in the middle of nowhere with only dial up MMOs were out of the question anyway. I got some money together this year to jump back on and now that I'm back on the PC with high-speed finally I'm never lookin back. Still don't have a nice monitor though.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:24AM koehler83 said

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About once a year I'll do a minor upgrade. Last year was a new graphics card after frying the previous one.

This year it may just be an 'upgrade' to Windows 7 which is unfortunately about as little an upgrade as you can get for the price, but it's a stepping stone to future upgrades, including my next graphics card. At least I already have some RAM waiting for that upgrade.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:33AM Mithan said

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Generally, ever 2 years I will upgrade the CPU, motherboard and video card.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:37AM (Unverified) said

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I just got an MSI gtx 460 1GB cyclone OC yesterday. But I tend to upgrade the core components, cpu, motherboard and ram every 4th year. All I'm missing right now is an ssd, which I hope to get later this year.

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