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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:51AM Renko said

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Whenever I can afford it.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:57AM ultimateq said

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I upgrade whenever I feel the need. I build a new PC about every 4 or 5 years, stretching my upgrades as much as possible.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 9:59AM (Unverified) said

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I bought a giant fullsize ATX tower and a high quality sound card about four years ago with the intent that I could swap everything else, and thats what I've been doing. I only spend about $400-500 a year on my computer, but I know that it will "roll" just fine as it ages.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 10:05AM Nearly Departed said

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I upgrade or buy new when its worth it. Do you really need an i7 processor right now, no, Core2Duo works just fine. Do you really need an nvidia 480 gtx at $500 right now, or can you wait and use a 9800 for $99.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 10:34AM (Unverified) said

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That is my philosophy too. My first computer was a C64 in 1965. I'm currently on my sixth computer 25 years later.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 12:14PM Pingles said

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I'm less interested in that C64 than I am in your time travel device!
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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 10:06AM Valkesh said

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Upgrade whenever I feel games are starting to drag at max settings(by max I mean the important crap like textures etc, not superfluous epeenery like 18x AA.) I definitely upgrade less than I used to thanks to a combination of graphics not being pushed to the limit to keep them console friendly, and the fact that we've gone from a full on sprint in hardware releases to slowly chugging along up the multicore hill due to heat/power limitations.

Personally, I haven't upgraded a a little over four years right now. I would like to again, but haven't been presented with a pressing need to. Generally I'll do one large core upgrade for $300-400, then maybe a year or two down the line do a graphics card update for about $250-300, and that will usually last quite some time, more if I throw a ram upgrade in there along the line to stretch it out. I'm sure if I was ok running at medium settings I could stretch things out for at least ten years, but I'll be damned if I'm letting my tech get that old.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 10:52AM (Unverified) said

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I upgrade various parts about once a year. A few years ago I finally invested in a top of the line case rather than the cheapo units and simply rotate the guts out. By staying a 1-2 years behind the latest and greatest my machine can pretty much hang with the best of them. I usually buy the best bang for buck graphics card when the time comes then a year or two later pop for another one and run it in SLI. I have an iCore replacement coming soon which unfortunately is going to be a pretty pricey change since the MB, memory and processor all have to go at the same time.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 10:57AM (Unverified) said

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Every two years, aboutish. I don't really upgrade as much as build a new PC. It really depends on the movement of the technology, and since all tech doesn't move at the same pace, sometimes I re-use things.

Case, PSU, DVD drive, those don't move ahead too fast. Upgrade those as the tech requires it, but buying a good, high-end models will last a long time and are worth it. Well, not the DVD drive, that's a toss away item.

Video card is the most likely to be a solo upgrade, but it depends on the generation. The nVidia 8800 GTX was a great card and lasted longer than some other gens. Currently on the ATI HD 5870, another great card that may have a long lifespan.

As far as RAM, that often depends on the OS and games. Right now 4GB is the spot to hit. CPU's move a little slower, but quad-core is standard right now, around the 3GHz range. But when it comes time for a new CPU, it's often also time for a new mobo and RAM.
When the core count and RAM doubles what you currently have, it's time for the new parts.

Storage is now a bigger factor than it used to be. If you can get yourself an SSD, do it. Toss your OS and whatever game you are playing most and enjoy fast loads.

Probably the least likely to upgrade would be the input/output devices. Keyboard, mouse, speakers, and display are all things that last a long time. I purchased a high-end 24-inch LCD back when they first came out and it's still going nicely, definitely a great purchase. Still have an original G15 keyboard. I usually grab a new keyboard and mouse when something sexy enough comes along to draw my attention.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:10AM (Unverified) said

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I upgrade maybe once or twice a year. Just recently got a new heatsink to overclock my CPU to 4.0ghz, completely stable. As well as another 5870 video card to Crossfire with my current. I always build from scratch so I have complete control over what features and what setup I want.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:12AM (Unverified) said

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Also upgraded the PSU to a Corsair 1000tx, a solid 12gb of ram, totally overkill but it was free lol. Most MMO's don't require strong compys but I do play a lot of other games that look beautiful on the highest settings possible. The only thing I've never upgraded is my soundcard, still use the onboard 7.1 that comes on the boards I buy. And also because the 2 video cards kind of take up almost all the slots available!
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Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:12AM Trippin said

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i useally do around 4 years with a pc with minimal upgrades (mostly more ram) i tend to get one that can go max out on everything at that time, swallow my pride the next couple of years and play around medium if needed :P, and then when games start to say my grafics-card is at the minimum end of the playable settings i start thinking about a new one.

now i need a new pc since it shows all the sign's of a pending MoBo fail. and rather then just get a new Motherboard i just cough up my cash and internal organs to pay for a whole pc and be happy for the next 3 to 4 years

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:13AM Sanador said

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I figure that I plan to upgrade my PC every 2-3 years, My first major upgrade was when I wanted to play Tabula Rasa, then when I wanted to play Age of Conan, I was like holy crap! And came my second upgrade. I'm still running on that rig and it runs everything great! But I definitely won't let games like Crysis drive me to upgrade prematurely, when 97% of all other games rock on my PC! DX10 influenced my past upgrade, and now they have DX11, but only a few games support it, so its just not worth it right now.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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Bought a gaming notebook with an 8800 GTS and jacked in a T9300 2.5ghz CPU. I turn off shadows, specular and run 2x AA and everything looks and runs just fine at 1680x1050 on an external monitor. If I use the laptop LCD at 1400x900, it runs even better.
Next upgrade will be a new notebook, when the technology improves enough to make the purchase worthwhile. I will easily be able to sell the old one for reasonable money and have all of the new, cool upgrades like USB 3.0 in one shot.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:25AM Teki said

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I'll upgrade the graphic card once, maybe add some RAM if need. But, I tend to rebuild every 2-3 years.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:34AM (Unverified) said

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I seem to upgrade in increments, but sometimes every 1.5 to 2.5 years between upgrades.

At first, I had a Core2Duo, so I swapped the Mobo and CPU for a phenom x4 BE, then bought a new case, then got more ram (8 GB).

Then a Caviar Black (HDD 1TB, selling it on eBay now funny enough)
Upgraded the Caviar Black for 2x Velociraptors when the price dropped at BestBuy (went down to something like $120 USD from $300).

Had a 9800 GTS, upgraded that to a 4870 HD 512MB.

I apparently got bit by the hardware bug, and about 3 years ago (2.5 yrs maybe?) my system was somewhat top of the line, but now my needs have changed.

SOOooo, I am selling it off in pieces on eBay and going intel (hackintosh mayhaps), but buying in a lower bracket on budget, one piece at a time (where possible. Memory is different type, Mobo/Chip/Ram usually all upgraded @ same time). Though keeping my Soprano S Thermaltake case. Maybe get a better PSU.


Not all at once, more like over the next year and a half. I upgrade in bits. I get bored easily.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:41AM (Unverified) said

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Thankfully, most mmo's are forgiving to PCS that don't get upgraded often. I've had 3 PC's since 2002, the latest was custom built with upgrades in mind. I plan on buying 2 new graphics cards to replace the older crossfire set up I have now. Recently added 4 gigs of ram to the existing 4 gigs.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 11:46AM (Unverified) said

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Every 4 years I upgrade my cpu, ram and most likely also my motherboard.

Every 2 years I've normally upgraded my gpu, although my current gpu is already 2 yrs and 3 months old now. I will wait untill next spring at least now since my 9800+ is a very strong card, and I feel the tech advancements has slowed down recently.

I might extend the lifetime of my cpu/ram and motherboard to 5 years as well now.

Basically the tech companies are slacking, and the gaming companies are holding back due to demand for increased sales volums, lowering the tech req's

I've upgraded my gpu once due to WoW, and I upgraded my cpu etc due to AoC.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 12:08PM Bhima said

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WOTLK compelled me to upgrade my vid card to a 4870. Too bad its bottlenecked by my old AMD X2 processor (and for some strange reason, WoW is VERY CPU intensive, not GPU). I'll probably continue with AMD even though those i5 and i7 processors are better. Of course, if I get a new CPU, I have to get a new Mobo... which means new ram. At least with AMD that type of upgrade isn't too painful.

Posted: Aug 7th 2010 12:16PM Pingles said

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I recently built a new PC but I have to say that it was more out of "want" than "need."

In the 486 days you used to HAVE to upgrade to play some new games even less than a year later.

Nowadays you only need cutting edge to run at high detail.

Older and older systems are running new games nowadays.

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