Weekend Open Forum: How frequently do you upgrade your PC?

By Jos
Apr 19, 2013
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  1. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TechSpot Member Posts: 67

    Yeah we need AMD to stay in thegame or else intel will charge 10000 dollars for a next gen cpu.lol.
  2. Just replaced a 9-year old computer. Had added a second hard drive and a DVD burner to it. Had replaced the graphics card after 2 years because something happened to it. Went cheap... overclocked version of what fried. New computer has a giant hard drive and lots of memory. Only forseeable upgrade might be a Blue-Ray.
  3. Ran a e5200 + HD2600 for a few years and just upgraded to an i5 3570k + HD7850 and a small SSD cache drive. Going to run this for quite a long while, maybe in 3 years I will do a platform upgrade with DDR4 + Intel/AMD chip of the day. Might swap my 7850 for something stronger if I can get a good buyer sometime around the end of the year.
  4. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    Once every 2-3 years.
  5. Been running a Z68 + 2500K for nearly 2 years now and I won't be upgrading until Haswell-E and DDR4. Ivy Bridge was underwhelming and Haswell doesn't seem to be much better. I think I'll just stick to GPU upgrades for another 12-18 months and then make a decision.
  6. Kralnor

    Kralnor Newcomer, in training Posts: 36

    My desktop gets a CPU+RAM+Motherboard upgrade roughly every 3 years. The video card gets upgraded a bit more frequently, but not more often than every 2 years. I used to do an HDD upgrade whenever I ran out of storage, but since I started storing most media on a NAS, I no longer have that issue.

    My last upgrade was from a 1GB HD5770 to a 1GB HD7850 about half a year ago. Probably the best value I have ever gotten with a video card purchase.

    I'm currently running a 2500k at 4.0GHz and I have absolutely no desire to upgrade it. It still runs everything I throw at it without breaking a sweat, so it should easily last at least another year. However, the 3.5 year old 2TB Hitachi drive I'm using might be in for a replacement, as I wouldn't be surprised if it decided to die soon, but so far no issues :) I might also make the jump from 8GB to 16GB soon as RAM is pretty cheap, but for now I rarely run out of main memory.

    Old hardware either gets sold or passed on to relatives.
  7. PC nerd

    PC nerd TechSpot Booster Posts: 320   +36

    I'm limited to the 955BE I bought when I built my latest rig, 2 years ago. So no CPU upgrades for me.

    But I bumped the RAM up to 8GB, added an SSD and I'll soon add a 7870XT.
  8. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +119

    Just keep adding/replacing bits as I can afford them.

    Completely different hardware than when I started building it 5 years ago, but strangely I still think of it as the same pc :)
  9. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 268   +27

    No need to, Sinclair Z80 still working fine.
  10. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 219   +22

    I upgraded both my boxes last year to Core I7-based motherboards (Asus's P8Z77-V Premium), 16GB of DDR3 memory and a few other components. Usually I replace the video card once a year or 18 months while new system builds are done every few years.

    Recently, I added 16X speed Blu-ray burners and 24X DVD writers to each box (I already had 14X Blu-ray burners) and before that I replaced my X-Fi Titanium cards with Creative's new SoundBlaster Z card. My goal is to make sure I can play the latest games at their highest detail setting at 1920x1080 and I also like having good hardware in my boxes.
  11. Windows XP on a 6 year old machine, still works fine.
     
  12. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    I upgrade whenever there is a new Intel architecture change. Waiting for Haswell to pop and I plan to buy $2000 worth of parts. Will usually last me 4 - 5 years.
  13. Duskywolf50

    Duskywolf50 Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    So I don't upgrade until PC die or cannot keep up with many new program. That's simple.
  14. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero Newcomer, in training Posts: 52   +9

    3-4 years, but I'm still rocking my 07' build - its getting to the point thought I will not be able to run newer games around the corner, Metro Last light for example... :/

    itching for a new PC

    Core2Quad 9300 2.5GHz
    GA-EP45T-USB3P
    8GB DDR3 Corsair Dominator GT 1600mhz
    2 - Diamond Radeon HD 5850's xfire
    OCZ vertex 4 128GB main OS drive
    OCZ vertex 3 60GB storage.
  15. Vilandra

    Vilandra TechSpot Member Posts: 27

    My first couple desktops I replaced graphics cards when games wouldn't play on them anymore lol, then replaced them when they got too slow & out of date, but the last two times I've bought laptops I've gone to the higher end of the feature spectrum so they'll last the longest.

    Had my last laptop for 7 years, and replaced the hard drive after 5, then kept it until it died. My current I've had 2.5 years and I'm adding more RAM & a SSD. I probably won't go all the way to 7 years before replacing it this time though.

    :)
  16. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 219   +22

    Just curious but did you build your desktops in the past or were these pre-fabbed units from Dell, HP, etc?
  17. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TechSpot Booster Posts: 164   +38

    So, I found a 500MB WD Black 7200 rpm with 16MB cache at NewEgg for a net of $50 . Only 2.5" but I have rigged these in 3.5" by using 0.5" plastic tubing and an extra set of screws - since the ground is established through the cables, I guess I am OK having it float. Amazing thing about upgrades is that they can happen when you least expect them. For me, that is the fun.
  18. Vilandra

    Vilandra TechSpot Member Posts: 27

    They were craptastic IBM & HP lol - I'm not advanced enough yet to build my own. I'm afraid of the soldering lol
  19. Scodd

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  20. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 219   +22

    Building a PC is not as hard you think. No soldering is required and if you're interested there are videos on Youtube that show how to construct a box from scratch :)
  21. Vilandra

    Vilandra TechSpot Member Posts: 27

    I've wanted to do it for a while now. It's just taking the plunge lol
  22. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 219   +22

    I hear you but let me ask you this: have you replaced any components in your old workstation before (graphics card, hard drive, memory, etc)? If so you've taken your first steps toward building a PC. It may sound daunting but if you're the type of person who has attention to detail and knows how use a Philips head screwdriver then you can do it.
  23. Gopal Bhat

    Gopal Bhat Newcomer, in training Posts: 43   +7

    I'm in a similar situation.
    2600K, GTX 580 1.5GB, 8GB RAM, 2560x1440.
    I'm also itching to upgrade my GPU, but really want to hold off for a 7 series nVidia card. Will go for the GTX 770 or 780 in SLI, depending on performance/price difference. If it's like this gen then I'll grab the cheaper 770, sacrifice a few fps & save a bit of cash.

    My Intel X25-M 80GB SSD is also due for an upgrade, and my cooler could look, um cooler? & my case could do with replacing; getting boring after 4 years.
    None of those is urgent, but you know :)
  24. Vilandra

    Vilandra TechSpot Member Posts: 27

    I've replaced graphics cards, sound cards, ethernet cards (in the old days lol), and hard drives. I'm waiting for the parts to arrive for my most ambitious project to date lol: adding RAM and a SSD and replacing the optical drive with the old hdd. So I may be shopping for a new computer sooner than I think when it all goes south lol ;) I probably just need to get something simple to practice on. I think the motherboard and fan scares me the most lol
  25. Gopal Bhat

    Gopal Bhat Newcomer, in training Posts: 43   +7

    I'm sure you'll be fine. There's many many tutorials available to prepare and a whole host of forums where you can easily get assistance if required.
    RAM & HDD's are the easiest parts to upgrade in laptops. Well... as long as you don't have to tear the whole thing apart to get access to them.


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