How frequently do you upgrade your PC and graphics card


How frequently You Upgrade your PC/Graphic Card

  1. Immediately upgrade to whatever is latest and greatest

    0 vote(s)
  2. Wait till technology matures and upgrade

    2 vote(s)
  3. On a 1-3 year upgrade cycle

    4 vote(s)
  4. Upgrade once every 3-5 years

    10 vote(s)
  5. Upgrade only if I really have to

    5 vote(s)
By Archean · 35 replies
Jun 6, 2011
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  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Haha! Guess how much worse I'd be if I were 5,000 miles closer to Newegg and the other U.S. retail/etail outlets.

    EDIT: Make that 6,000 miles. I hate having to swim 1,000 miles for consumer electronics
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    But that would put you in Nashville Tennessee..... ahem...anyway, in the poor house ey?

    I'm reasonably sure the swim back would void the warranty. :p
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,690   +96

    If you swim 1,000 miles in each direction, will that be a new Guinness book record?
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Much like international "yachting", I suspect the swimming records are all held by Vietnamese and Haitians.
    I continue to happy to be in a city where Vince Young isn' wish to change that.
    NZ to Na(s)hville is apparently 8216.9 miles. I'm thankful for that.
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,690   +96

    I never bothered with Guinness book records, but I decided to be bit less lazy and do a search about it just for argument's sake, and funnily enough the longest distance (ocean) swimming record is held by an Croatian,which is 225 km. It took him about 3 days to achieve this.
  6. BigZero

    BigZero TS Rookie

    I have selected the last option i.e. only upgrade when I really have too. If you spend money on something you don't really have to, you are wasting your hardearned money.
  7. Kralnor

    Kralnor TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Looking at past history, the 1-3 year cycle option is most accurate for me. I tend to do a full system upgrade every 2-3 years (mainly for gaming), although my LGA775 C2D E6600 just rounded four years recently. I had to replace my 8800GTS 320MB after 2½ years of service, but that was only because it died, otherwise I would have kept it a bit longer.

    I wanted to build a Sandy Bridge system ASAP, but then there was the SATA issue with the chipsets. The plan is to put one together very soon though.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,690   +96

    E6600 was a very good CPU, I had it for about 2+ years before I swapped it with Q8400, but 'technically' I am not sure it could be called a 'upgrade' except situations where all four cores can be used. :D
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I've never really done the math to see how my upgrade time frames play out.

    When I went to college in 98 I had a P2 300 with 48MB of RAM and an onboard ATi Rage Fury Pro (I think). After that the succession went:
    Athlon T-Bird 1Ghz with a GF2MX 32MB
    Athlon somethingHammer 1.8Ghz 64bit with a ATi Radeon 9600xt, later upgraded to a nvidia AGP 7800GS CO
    Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 with the same 7800GS CO (on an ASRock motherboard that had PCIe and AGP)
    Same Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 but now on a Gigabyte 965P-DS3 motherboard and graphics upgraded to an PCIe nvidia 8800GTS 320. Recently upgraded to an ATi 5830.

    So 13 years for that progression.
  10. Kralnor

    Kralnor TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    I'm still using a Gigabyte 965P, although the DS4 which is nearly similar to the DS3 I think.

    Excellent overclocking board!
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,690   +96

    My first PC was 8086 (or whatever it was called) with a separate math coprocessor and those big 5 1/4 FDDs, and then a 286, a 386DX (I think 33 Mhz), then a 486DX4-100Mhz, P MMX-166Mhz, P2-300 Mhz, P3-667 Mhz (I think), then a P4-Northwood 2.4Ghz, C2D E6600, and Q8400. The VGAs I went through were TNT, TNT2, Geforce 440MX (or whatever it was), Geforce 4 Ti4200, 9600GT, Radeon HD5770.

    On the notebook side, I've gone through few as well, from P4, Pentium M (1GB with some Mobility Radeon with 32MB), C2D P7350 (3GB with 256 MB Geforce 9200GS), and now SNB Q2630 (8GB with 1GB Radeon 6770M).

    Frankly I don't exactly remember how much RAM I had over the years, the 286 had I think 1MB, 386 had 4 MB (remember it was pretty damn expensive back then), 486 had 8 MB I think, P1 had 64 MB (I think), P2/3 probably similar as well, P4 had 1GB to start with, but it was upgraded to 2GB later on, C2D had 6GB. C2Q have 4GB (due to only two DIMM slots available on replacement board).

    Phew, that was surely a trip down the forgotten memory lane ...... :D

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