The topic says it all. :) Just asking because i wanna know if i can put myself in gamer-enthusiast category, when it comes down to upgrading PC parts. Base your replies on hardware section only, not about overkill, or how much money would u spend or not, i'm not the one that is frightened from relatively high prices. :cheers:
For me it goes like this:
Every Three Years, I'll buy a New Computer.
Then I fix what sucks. For instance, my current computer had a Hellishly Crappy Video Card, which I installed a year later.
About 6 Months after that I popped some more RAM in.
I'll probably have to wait another year or two to upgrade the video Card Again, then I'll have to buy another computer and blabla bla . .
I start off building the best i can afford at the time but a computer which will last me as long a spossible, i have a wife and 3 kids and i am not well paid.
For example the last time i built one was a few years ago when X2 processors first came out.
I built in this order and then upgrades will follow:
Processor = I settled on an X2 to start with and the entry level 3800 was what i chose. It was a good overclocker, reaching 2.6, and despite the fact lots of newer faster processors have come out it has constantly proved its worth and has never showed its age, even now it impresses me.
Motherboard = I wanted an X2 and the most up to date at the time was socket 939 so i went for an Asus SLI board in case i wanted to use that at a later stage, SLI had also just been introduced.
RAM = Obviously the Processor demanded i use ddr400 so i did a bit of research which suggested that as the AMD had a advanced memory controller it actually worked better with 4 x 512 as opposed to 2 x 1gb so thats what i got, it used all four slots but i had 2gb and at the time 512 was about average so it was fine and still is. I bought budget ram as if your not doing extreme overclocks it makes no difference. Graphics card = Initially i wanted something good but i didnt play many games so i got a 6600gt which was ample, later i did use the SLI and got a second one which enabled me to play FEAR at max settings.
HDD = TBH i am not interested in the size of the drive so i got 2x SATA drive which were fairly newish and decent cache level, I put them in RAID 0 which has worked well.
Case = I wanted something roomy with good cooling and a covered from and got a Thermaltake Tsunami.
PSU = Hiper 580 with the modular cables, very good.
Soundcard = An Audigy which at the time was cool.
All i have upgraded are the gfx which went from 2 x 6600gt to 1 x 7800gt, then i just got an 8800gt 320. When the rest struggles i will upgrade as and when i need to. My next setp will be processor i expect which is a big job as i will need a new mobo, ram etc too, so i m in no rush.
From the end of this months & on, it goes like this : the new PC will be made from scratch & based on AM2+ design, then in 2008 the phase of upgrading will begin : 1) Socket AM3 mobo & CPU; i am willing to upgrade & pay the price for balance & perfection, which in turn make me wanna switch to new job :); 2) DDR3 RAM; the later will be supported in AM3 socket, so the transition will be fairly easy, considering fact the price for DDR3 will, eventually, come down; 3)DraftN router; preferrably D-Link DIR 855 - the store will probly have it by the end of this year/beginning of 2008; ...and so on. I am in phase of constantly upgrading, once the prices come down for the future parts - purchase it/trade it for new ones. That's my idea of upgrading. I'm in a look for new jobs, earning decent amount of cash, upgrading, so basicly i use this strategy in upgrading & i'll probly continue, until either i get tired, or technology is no onger my friend ! :) jk. Your opinion counts for me. :cheers: P.S. Remember - i just thought to build such strategy of upgrading, it is recent, though i'm serious about it. Makes me wanna strive for something, actually. :)
Every third year ill build a new computer. Every now and then i make smaller upgrades. Lika a new GFX card or more RAM.
I upgrade something every year and every 3-4 years I made a major upgrade(CPU,GPU, mobo, memory)
Previous computer was bought in feb 2004, everything except a year-old GPU was replaced. Some months after that I bought more memory, from 512 to 1024.
That combination went on unchanged for 2.5 years till last december, when I bought Abit AB9 Pro, C2D E6400, 2GB DDR2 etc...
Next upgrades, which I hopefully dont need for a long time, would be a quad-core CPU, more RAM and a better graphics card. Thanks to AB9 Pro I should be able to upgrade for a couple of years before getting a new rig altogether.
Yesterday I made a major upgrade: E6750, Gainward 8800GTS 320, Corsair 2gb 675Mhz RAM, MSI Neo2 P35 mobo. I will made a major upgrade when dx11 video cards come out
Last upgrade i made was RAM : 1GB -> 2GB DDR400. Since then i had other plans. :) Just remember - my next rig will be in my sig & that sig will change each time i upgrade to something new. ;)
I'll upgrade my video card every year to 18 months.
And whenever the CPU needs an upgrade, that means it's time for a new system.