How best can I upgrade my computer

South Africa
March 23, 2010 4:48pm CST
I use my computer mostly for the internet. It's getting on in years and I feel I should upgrade it. What hardware should I concentrate on upgrading and why?
5 responses
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
23 Mar 10
If your computer is for internet usage only then there is no purpose in upgrading the system. A basic Pentium 2 system is more that adequate for internet usage and there would be no significant benefit from having a more modern configuration. If you do use it for other purposes and intend to upgrade then you really need to consider an all round improvement. Upgrading the processor without upgrading the RAM would serve little purpose, as would the reverse combination.
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• South Africa
25 Mar 10
I do use it mainly for the internet. I think that I just need to upgrade my RAM and I'll be OK. My processor is pretty decent.
• Malaysia
24 Mar 10
do you mind sharing your computer specs so that we can help you better. We have to know whether your specs are still okay or not. I upgraded my computer like 3 years ago and it's still good although i just upgraded my video card.
• South Africa
25 Mar 10
I've got a 2.4ghz processor with 512 MB RAM running XP. I use Firefox for the internet. Actually, my HD is over 90% full so there might be the issue...
@ramp123 (191)
• India
24 Mar 10
Even if your computer is old, as long as it is working fine, why upgrade? You are obviously able to use it for the Internet, and that is your main focus area. The download speed depends more on the Internet connection and less on the computer. An upgrade would be useful if you had to do a lot of processing that needs computing power. Since that does not appear to be the case, why bother? I do a lot of work on Excel and Powerpoint. Though my laptop is three years old, it works fine for these applications and for the Internet as well. So, I'm happy with it. Follow the old adage, " If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
• South Africa
25 Mar 10
True true, ramp! It really ain't broke... so I'm sure a little tweaking here and there and it'll run like a reconditioned engine. Would you advise moving from firefox to Chrome or Opera or another browser?
• Portugal
24 Mar 10
if you just use it internet i have to agree that you have no need to upgrade it. if you want to make it more efficient you should focus on the os. switch to a lighter os, defrag the hdd, uninstall software you dont use, change os settings to improve performance like disabling services you dont need, or even reinstall the os.
• South Africa
25 Mar 10
I currently use XP. I didn't want to upgrade to Vista or Windows 7 because I think they have too much graphical load for nothing. I'll try defragging, removing old software etc. It's actually been a while since I did a general cleanup. Thanks for reminder!
@pcserver (395)
23 Mar 10
Best way is buying a new computer. Upgrading is good, but not always better. If you have the money just buy a new one even it is cheap. Upgrading it would work for a few months and then it will be slow again. Even though if you want to upgrade it the best to think of is the RAM memory.
• South Africa
25 Mar 10
I'll compare the advantages of upgrading the RAM versus buying a new computer, and take it from there...