Firstly the decision to upgrade your computer or not to is an immensely personal choice with no 2 people ever agreeing on which is the right choice.
But the decision can be broken down and made a lot simpler for everyone. You should all be doing some form of computer upgrades at some point in the computers life, to not do so is a waste of money and potential performance and you also risk falling of the Price/Performance curve and having to fork out a whole lot of more money for a new computer
So what is the solution, well it’s quite simple. Whenever you buy a computer, save your cash on that fancy case, and silly lighting system, and spend as much as you possibly can on your motherboard and chipset. This forms the base of your computer and can always be added to, thus opening up the “Upgrade Path” for future cost effective upgrades.
A classic example is the Socket 775 /1156 /1366 route.
775 is dead baby, however it is at a really good performance price point, but it’s still dead due to the fact that it has no future upgrade path.
Thus any new machine or upgrade should consider the 1156/1366 route, dependent on needs, speed etc.
So lets say you have an old 478 motherboard with a 2 Ghz single core “P4″ and DDR 400 ram 300 Watt power supply and a CD writer, Don’t laugh, that is still about 50 % of the computers out there, together with internet explorer 6 and XP.
If you are a small to medium sized business in this current economic climate and your machines are dropping like fly’s, then maybe spending a fortune on a bunch of Brand new computers and all the software is out of the question.
Whats worth keeping ?
Case & PSU (watch out for 20/24 pin issues) & the license sticker (big saving)
Hard Drive with all that data and XP nicely working together.
CD Writer ( who’s watching movies at work anyway)
So what do we do, first up we would strip down the machines and independently test each component we intend to keep.
Then we introduce the new components one by one with a strict testing protocol. Once we are sure all the hardware is working as it should we can move onto the software side of thing (another post).
Once that is all done you will have effectively a brand new computer but with big cost savings over buying a new computer.