To buy new, or upgrade my current PC?

United States
February 17, 2007 2:08pm CST
Alright, heres the thing. My current tower is coming up on 3 years old, that I've had it. It was custom built by a friend of ours where we were living at the time, but not for us. It's not a dinosaur by any means, keeps up pretty well with my highspeed, but bogs at some of the newer applications, or too much open at once. Also, the power supply is having issues and needs replaced, and it has a smaller hard drive (20 G) and 512 RAM. Processor is a 2.4 Intel. My question is should I upgrade the hard drive, power supply, and RAM or should I just look into getting another system? I think money wise it would be slightly cheaper to upgrade, but not sure its really worth it in this case. What do you guys think?
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Is your processor an Intel Pentium 4 or an Intel Celeron? If it's a Pentium 4 then you should probably just upgrade the RAM and hard drive and replace your PSU if it's having problems. Just some rough figures here: $34 512MB Ram $56 160GB HD $34 430W PSU That's only $124 to upgrade your system. You'd spend at least $400 on decent new computer. If you have a Celeron though, I'd recommend a new machine. Those Celerons are terrible processors.
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• United States
28 Mar 07
Thanks for the figures!
@Agimat (355)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
Hi there. I think it might be better to just get more RAM(another 512 stick), get another hard drive with at least 80 gigs, and get a new power supply. Hope that helps.
@alantae (245)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I'd probably just look into a new tower if I were you. By the time you finished doing all the necessary upgrades and installations, you really wouldn't be saving yourself much money at all. The longer you wait to upgrade your system, the further you'll fall behind techonologically wise so based on what you've said, I think now would be a great time to invest in a new system.
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@Impervious (1154)
• United States
20 Feb 07
You are really gonna be better off buying new.
• United States
20 Feb 07
I would just go buy a new one or if you know someone else who can build PC's then just order the parts online and have them build it because there is a chance that the parts ordered will be better then a whole computer for about the same price as a whole one
@merkava (1226)
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
Personally, I'd just buy a new pc. It would just be a waste if you keep on upgrading. The current games like Neverwinter Nights 2 and Battlefield 2142 have system requirements that'll make your system faint. The recommended requirements are 3Ghz, 1 gig of ddr ram, a 512mb video card, 1.5 gig up to 2.5 gig of free space.