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Doc Overclock · 10-13-2004 · Category: Guides

When is the right time?

This is a question I get asked frequently from many people in different walks of life. Do I upgrade, or should I just buy a new system? This guide is intended to provide an outline to help you answer this question based on your needs.

Your personal computer is a tool that can be used for many different things, but most users have a primary and/or secondary set of applications that they use most often.

If you are hardcore gamer who likes to surf the net and download lots of large files, your goals would be different for upgrading or buying a new system choice, than say someone who uses their system for playing the stock market, typing letters and working with business software. Prices on the different systems vary in amount with high-end gaming or media encoding machines topping the $2000.00 range, to office and email machines down as low as $499.00 for complete systems.

You have to first determine your systems functionality and then decide what your major and minor uses are going to be. Sit down and really think about what you are going to be doing, not only now but also in the near future and plan around that goal before you just rush out and make a rash purchase. These steps can be a very efficient method for determining what your system needs actually will be.

Let's take a look at a series of questions that can help you determine if its time for a quick upgrade or time to junk that old system and just buy a new rig. A few quick steps and then you decide what is best for you.


  1. When is the right time?
  2. Analyse your current system
  3. Conclusion

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