Weekend Open Forum: Your next hardware upgrade will be...?

By Jos ยท 76 replies
Mar 20, 2010
  1. Looking past the troubled economy, 2009 was actually a good year for the tech industry -- and in particular for PC enthusiasts. It marked the arrival of much-anticipated standards like USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, a deluge of faster, larger and more reliable solid-state drives, the first DirectX 11-capable graphics cards and Microsoft's successful launch of Windows 7 after a troubled run with Windows Vista.

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  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I just did my final component upgrade for this system; and that will be that for this machine. I hope it will last couple of years, and by the time sandybridge would have matured as a platform; perhaps that will be the time to get a new system, also may be Intel would have a discrete graphic solution out in the wild as well, just to add things up in the mix.
  3. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    What did you get? (That's kind of the point of this thread =P)
  4. Clrabbit

    Clrabbit TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Not to long ago I maxed out the Ram and it's already running the best CPU for the sockettype.... all my SATA and both PATA ports are taken... I'm out of firewire and USB connects, I may get a USB3.0 PCI-x Card or something, If I'm still using this system when ultra fast USB 3.0 Flash drives really start hitting the market. Maybe one of the SSD Raids on a PCI-x card would be cool once there $500 cheaper.

    That's really about it, I'll buy a new system when Good 8xCore CPUs hit the market. So depending on how long that takes maybe a new video card in a year and half ~ two years. I mean I have a 5850HD and I never play on any thing above a 20" screen. So I really debt I'll be pushing it's limits for gaming any time soon.
  5. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    It's going to be a fairly long time till my upgrade, it will probably be a whole new computer when it happens.
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    I'm waiting for SSDs to come down to an affordable level, probably near the end of this year. Hopefully by that time USB 3.0 will be more common and Intel will have lowered their prices for their i7 processors (wishful thinking I know!)
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Well Jos:

    I replaced my good old E6600 with Q8400 few weeks ago; and in the last week I've replaced EVGA 9600GT with MSI 5770 (I installed it in my younger brother's computer, and now have a 7600GT lying around from that machine). Although I haven't bothered replacing one thing, i.e. one of my RAM modules went bad and I just chucked it out. :)

    I guess I have enough RAM for what I do any way.

    Alright for some weird reason smiley isn't being displayed hmm.
  8. Bought a 5770, should arrive by tuesday. And that will be it for this system, maybe I'll get sandy bridge when it becomes available.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,656   +1,095

    If things go well i might end up building a new rig. specs i want (now): core i5 750, 4gb ddr3 1600MHz (upgrade to 8gb latter), Radeon HD 5830, ~75$ sound card,1TB WD Caviar Black, Samsung XL2370.
    It's a pretty expensive rig so i don't know if i'll be able to buy it before the end of this year. It depends on my income and prices.
  10. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    4770 holding up. no reason to upgrade. i could use a notebook, but honestly i think im never going to buy one, why? i like to control my hardware, if something is wrong with my pc ( big if) i can fix it, with a notebook? i have to call dell, hp, acer, etc. no thanks
  11. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I'm waiting for sandy bridge and the new bulldozer apu systems come out. I was gonna build a rig in 2009 but I put it off untill 2010(since that's when they were supposed to come out.)

    Since both AMD's new apu and Intel's sandy bridge should require a new socket I can't really get much outside of a case/gpu right now. I also figure SSD's should be more affordable by the end of 2011.

    Processor= whichever next gen gives the best price/performance

    Video card= crossfire 5850, unless nvidia's chips lower the 5970. I believe new cards will be out in 2011 but if it's not anything revolutionary I won't pick them up.

    Storage= 128-256 SSD for my OS, and performance demanding programs. 1TB HD for my movies/music/pics and other crap.

    OS= windows 7,of course. With a linux partition.

    For everything else I'll need to wait and see what comes out.
  12. My most recent revisions were completed back in November, and the system is pretty maxed out -- at least for my needs: GA-EX58-UD5 mobo, i7-960 cpu, 12GB DDR3 1600 ram, passively cooled HD4850/1GB video, dual 150GB VelociRaptors (RAID-1, system & apps), dual 1TB Caviar Blacks (RAID-1, primary storage), 8 1.5TB Caviar Greens (RAID-6, secondary storage, w/ Adaptec 5805 controller), Lian Li PC-V2010 case, PCP&C Silencer 750 PSU, additional hard drives for off-line backup storage, a pair Dell U2410 monitors, a Filco keyboard (Cherry "brown" key switches), a Logitech MX-518 mouse, a Brother MFC-8480dn multi-function laser printer and an Epson R2880 photo printer. I'm hoping it will last a couple of years. Primary use: photography.
  13. lmanlo

    lmanlo TS Rookie

    I already got my 5770 and that's the last upgrade I needed for my computer.
  14. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    I need to get a whole new system. Hopefully I will be able to afford one by the end of the year.

    Basially I want an i7 system, probably with an SSD and then a couple of 1.5TB drives for storage. I have decided that I want an eyefinity setup with a 5870 probably a 2GB model if they don't have a huge price increase over 1GB models. To go with the 5870 probably 3 cheapish 22-24" monitors with the thinest bezel I can find.
  15. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

  16. LGraves

    LGraves TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Just ordered my GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 MB. Putting it inside an Antec 900 that I just got. This will be the start of my new quad core/Windows 7 machine.
  17. bigclick

    bigclick TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I've put everything into my system and extended its life. I don't have a great reason to move to a newer bigger system but its always in the back of my mind. I'd go for it if the "right" trackball came along fully supported in the extra button software. The processor and ram will be more than a goodly amount when the time comes.
  18. Since I'm still using old 6600GT my next upgrade will feature a DX11 card. That's basically everything for this year - next year, nex build.
  19. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    may be an entire system with ATI 5000 series GPU !
    core i3 or i5! and one SSD!
    forgot to mention - DDR3 ram!
  20. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515


    i think i'll need to rob some banks for my next gaming rig (jk jk!)

    In the immediate, i need a new PC monitor, but i also intend to use it with my console for 3D gameplay after some updates. so i'll probably go for something with decent resolution (HD or near HD & better) with at least 120Hz refresh rate & DVI or HDMI input.

    I've talked about a new gaming PC or MAC in former posts, i just can settle on the specs for things just come out every month.

    As i was waiting for Diablo III to come out to build the PC, i may do so earlier when Crysis 2 will be out, unless that 1 looks better on my console (which i doubt!) ...

    CPU: would be intel based, i5/i7
    RAM: minimum 4 GB
    GFX: nVidia based, something middle range
    Hard-disk: 1 SSD for the system (the 40 Gb will do, but i'm much after a bigger one, will use multiple os) + 1 tera mechanical one for the multimedia (could be external)

    If i don't get the money soon to build that system i may go for a laptop, maybe a MAC then for my actual games are from steam & blizzard (older ones that are compatible MAC too)

    will go though some of the latest reviews here on techspot (nvidia GFX, some Mobo & CPUs) & hope to have a big idea of what i need, for what i want seem to be quite out of bound

  21. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    I'm going for a i7 set up with the 920, ASrock Mobo, 6gbs of ddr3 Gskill, either a gtx 260 or a 4890. Can't wait, I'm coming from a C2d e8500 with 4gb Ddr2 crucial ballistix. The duo core is really fast but I'm ready for a quad.
  22. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    My next upgrade will definitely be my video card, especially since I have a 1920x1080 monitor. I have a copy of Windows 7 64 bit that I will install at the same time as the new video card, whenever I get around to it. After that, the next upgrade will probably be my ram, to 8 GB. That may sound useless, but as it is now I eat through my ram rather quickly while using PS CS4.
  23. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    My monitor, especially with the system I own now. I have a 4870, athlon(I) 64 X2 at 2.7 GHz, a 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 and a damaged HP 17 inch VGA monitor. After that probably my CPU.
  24. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    My next hardware upgrade will be in the summer, and hopefully it will be an entire new build from scratch :)
  25. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +855

    Ooooh...my favorite subject! I've been doing piecemeal upgrades since my last major one about 18 months ago. My most recent addition being a 26" ASUS 1900x1200 monitor.

    My next major upgrade will be next spring. I love my Antec 900 case, so am keeping that. Otherwise I'm planning on going with the i-7 975 Extreme, a Gigabite board (won't know the model until the time comes as they continuously release new boards), minimum 6GB DDR3 memory (probably Gskill - have had a lot of luck with that brand) and a new video card. Again, won't know whether to go with nVidia or ATI, but the dust will have settled by next spring and an obvious choice should be apparent. But it will be whatever the top-of-the-line card is for that manufacturer. I'm stashing away about $2,500 to do this upgrade. Can't wait! :D
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