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#1 6 years ago

Most I heard was once a year from my rich friend. I do it about one every 3 years or earlier if something dies out.

How frequent do you upgrade?




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#2 6 years ago

It depends, I used to do it quite regularly, but lately there hasn't been much point - games haven't required much more power than there is already available. Haven't do anything since 2007 - don't really see a pressing need yet. Might upgrade the graphics card in the next couple of years and get some more ram. That's about it. Nothing regular, just as needed.




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#3 6 years ago
Nemmerle;5664183It depends, I used to do it quite regularly, but lately there hasn't been much point - games haven't required much more power than there is already available. Haven't do anything since 2007 - don't really see a pressing need yet. Might upgrade the graphics card in the next couple of years and get some more ram. That's about it. Nothing regular, just as needed.

My 4 year old computer still runs *most* games good too. I never understand why people upgrade their computer every year or why they shell out big $$ to get the latest stuff, when the normal-high things work well too.




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#4 6 years ago

A full upgrade is every new socket release or new motherboard chipset revision.

Partial upgrades are every time I feel like getting a new upgrade like a motherboard, a high end set of ram, or the newest video card. This can be as often as every couple weeks.

Normally I would wait every couple years to upgrade. But since I receive review samples I'm pretty much upgrading every month, or forced to upgrade to the latest and greatest in order to feature up to date hardware in reviews.

TheGateKeeperBeta;5664190My 4 year old computer still runs *most* games good too. I never understand why people upgrade their computer every year or why they shell out big $$ to get the latest stuff, when the normal-high things work well too.

Because its possible to upgrade for free, or at a small premium. By selling a previous high-end video card at launch you will lose $50-100. But with alot of other hardware like motherboards and processors its possible to sell components for the cost of the latest and greatest new hardware to someone who does not know that something new has come out.




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#5 6 years ago

kow_ciller;5664221A full upgrade is every new socket release or new motherboard chipset revision.

Partial upgrades are every time I feel like getting a new upgrade like a motherboard, a high end set of ram, or the newest video card. This can be as often as every couple weeks.

Normally I would wait every couple years to upgrade. But since I receive review samples I'm pretty much upgrading every month, or forced to upgrade to the latest and greatest in order to feature up to date hardware in reviews. [/QUOTE]

So they send you free hardware to test? That sounds cool! Do you run a review site or something? I figured they only send those samples to big sites like tom's hardware.

[QUOTE=kow_ciller;5664221]Because its possible to upgrade for free, or at a small premium. By selling a previous high-end video card at launch you will lose $50-100. But with alot of other hardware like motherboards and processors its possible to sell components for the cost of the latest and greatest new hardware to someone who does not know that something new has come out.

Taking advantage of the uninformed :P. Nice lol




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#6 6 years ago

I don't run a review site, but I'm a reviewer/editor at funkykit.com

Companies send us samples and we review them. That stuff can be anything from monitor cleaners (which suck big time) to video cards or motherboards. Lately I've been getting cases and heatsinks to review. Couple of reviews if you want to check the site outt: 1/2

The reason some sites become big is because they get buddy-buddy with the hardware makers. Some companies are really selective with who they send products to (Asus, EVGA,G.Skill,Corsair) but also want certain things in the review and for the most part would rather their reviews viewed positively even if there are faults with the items.

Some companies would rather get that negative score and send out hardware samples to everyone as long as the review is unbiased and is done accurately.

I have to say Its really cool to talk with companies about getting a new piece of software for a motherboard or video card because you wrote that the software needed lots of work in a review.

Needless to say, reviews aren't quite the walk in the park that lots of people think they are :)




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#7 6 years ago

I got a new PC a few months ago but that was my first for 8 years. I had upgraded the ram and graphics in that one periodically but it was old by the time I got my new one. If I can manage with what I got I keep it, I'm not a big fan of disposing technology if I can help it. Also I tend to need my money for more srs bznz these days. :(




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#8 6 years ago

kow_ciller;5664261I don't run a review site, but I'm a reviewer/editor at funkykit.com

Companies send us samples and we review them. That stuff can be anything from monitor cleaners (which suck big time) to video cards or motherboards. Lately I've been getting cases and heatsinks to review. Couple of reviews if you want to check the site outt: 1/2

The reason some sites become big is because they get buddy-buddy with the hardware makers. Some companies are really selective with who they send products to (Asus, EVGA,G.Skill,Corsair) but also want certain things in the review and for the most part would rather their reviews viewed positively even if there are faults with the items.

Some companies would rather get that negative score and send out hardware samples to everyone as long as the review is unbiased and is done accurately.

I have to say Its really cool to talk with companies about getting a new piece of software for a motherboard or video card because you wrote that the software needed lots of work in a review.

Needless to say, reviews aren't quite the walk in the park that lots of people think they are :)[/QUOTE]

Nice site man, you reviews are very well written. How long have you been running the site? And how long did it take for the companies to start sending you stuff? Did you have to contact them yourself?

The part about the biased reviews suck, but I don't think the serious websites do that. I mean if you think about it, you will maybe fool 10-50 people until word spreads that your site is fake. It is much more profitable being honest with people in my opinion especially on the internet.

[QUOTE=FileTrekker;5664283]I got a new PC a few months ago but that was my first for 8 years. I had upgraded the ram and graphics in that one periodically but it was old by the time I got my new one. If I can manage with what I got I keep it, I'm not a big fan of disposing technology if I can help it. Also I tend to need my money for more srs bznz these days. :(

My problem is that I take so long to upgrade my computer that new stuff comes out and uses different slots than my mother board supports.




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#9 6 years ago

TheGateKeeperBeta;5664311Nice site man, you reviews are very well written. How long have you been running the site? And how long did it take for the companies to start sending you stuff? Did you have to contact them yourself?

The part about the biased reviews suck, but I don't think the serious websites do that. I mean if you think about it, you will maybe fool 10-50 people until word spreads that your site is fake. It is much more profitable being honest with people in my opinion especially on the internet.

You'd be surprised at which sites are biased.

Previously you mentioned that Toms is one of the biggest sites. But they have a reputation amongst most of industry to cater to companies and skew results one way or another.

Then you have sites like anand that go out of their way to have unbiased results. But they also think they are bigger than the law and publish results while breaking an NDA and other acts like that.

The site isn't mine and most of the established relationships were already there when I joined the site. But I do reach out to companies and request samples from time to time.

Going a little off-topic with things >.< If you want more info, etc. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions in a PM or another thread.




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#10 6 years ago

I probably upgrade once every 6 months. It's usually just one piece at a time every 6 months. The last thing I got was my GTX 680 and my Corsair AX850. I probably won't upgrade again until they release new revisions of the IB motherboards.