Sure, you’ve seen your best buddy swap out a few sticks of RAM, so you figure, “what the hell, I can do this.” Next thing you know your ordering a new CPU and Heat sink from Newegg and think you’re about to become a gaming/pc upgrading legend. Then the shit really hits the fan…Here is our question of the week, do you upgrade your own computer hardware, why or why not?
Kyle — Well, I plan to upgrade… All depends on the money situation. If I didnt have my PC stolen from me 3 years or so ago, I wouldv’e been upgrading from that instead of buying a new on last year.
Casper — Everyone has to upgrade there computer at some point or buy an entire new computer instead due mainly to software and operating system and games requiring newer technology (dx9,dx10,dx11,dx12/shader 2,3 etc) and requiring more muscle.
If someone didnt do these things they would quickly find themselves stuck getting the worst PC experience ever and sometimes not being able to do what they want to do and being able to participate with there friends in newer games. The only way to slow down this requirement is to buy a decent computer in the first place that will allow you to get as much time with it before you need to upgrade. This is a time where being a CHEAPO just wont help you!!
Adam — Hell Yeah! For about 4 years or so now I’ve been swapping out mad hardware. And yes, I have overestimated my skills before too and fried a mother board as well, good thing it was a cheap piece of crap. But there are few things as satisfying as upgrading a piece of hardware on your machine, then installing the drivers and noticing the performance improvement, few things my friend, few things.
I just need to realize I’m not a pro. There are some things I need help with and to seek advice with. Things don’t always go smoothly when swapping hardware, but it’s always a learning experience and make me more deadly of a gaming rig builder in the future. Next upgrade may be my HD 5770 (crossfire or actual upgrade, not sure yet) or a new case. Goodies, goodies!