Upgrade everything at once or part by part?

 
 
 

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Anonymous

I was recently given a Radeon 5770 as a "starter card" for my gaming pc im building. I was thinking that I should buy a Radeon 7970 when the 8000 series came out; I was wondering what you think the price will be when the 8000 series comes out...and if theres any other suggestions you have or routes I should take??

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With some things, doing it piece by piece wouldn't be such a bad idea: hard drives, video cards, cases, PSUs, etc. However, for items such as motherboards, processors, and RAM, I would definitely buy those all in one shot. If much of the stuff you've already got is still functional and can make due until you're prepared to get the rest of your new/rebuild materials, why not wait? You may end up saving yourself money in the process.

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Anonymous

It is really very dependant on your current equipment. If you need to chance everything it is usually rather silly to do it piece by piece. When you have finally pieced it together it will be outdated (not as badly as it used to though)

If technologies change like they make a new socket type CPU, RAM with new pin count/timings or other changes like agp->pci-e you should probably go for a brand new system. Invisible changes can affect upgrades too, like pci-e -> pci-e2. So I recommend reading up on tomorrows HW before deciding on piece by piece upgrades.

I think it is much safer to do a piece by piece upgrade now, than it used to be though.
Remember to upgrades to significantly faster parts or you will feel you have wasted you money. A 20% faster gfx card is not something you will notice.

Anonymous

I'm a big PC gamer, and I play at 2560x1440res on a 27" monitor, So I end up upgrading the graphic cards every 12-18 months, a little crazy I know but it works for me. The CPU I change out every 3 years or so, however, games do not use much more then the 4 cores anyways, maybe soon they will ie. Crysis 3, battlefield 4 next year? I usually follow on Intel's TOCK cycle, I went from the I7 1156 870 to the I7 1155 3770k. I found a difference.

I'll keep the Case the Corsair Obsidian 800d and the power supply Corsair ax1200w, these will be around for a long time {years I Hope}, plus the dvd drive, A new SSD is going to arrive at Christmas for me so that will replace the 5 year old HDD. then I'll sit and wait until next year to see what Nvidia or AMD/Radeon come out with in 2013 for the graphics cards.

Years ago I use to wait and wait until the next big thing to come out, but with technology of computers everything is the next big thing so I just upgrade on a cycle. If I didn't I would still be waiting until the next big thing comes out LOL

The old parts I usually just give away to the kids and upgrade their computers with my old parts, they are not the gamers as I am.:)

Regards

Anonymous

Im a poor man... and have too many hobbies. I have to get them bit by bit.
That way I can spend the whole months budget getting the best component I can afford, also I suck at saving :P

I opted for this strategy...

I bought my case and PSU first, since the prices don't change as much as the rest of the components..
Crucial SSD the month before last
I got an Antec P280, and Antec HCP850 PSU last month
Buying a Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 this month
on 15th December ill get the Core i7 3820, 16GB Corsair CMP16GX3M4X1600C7 Kit and the Gigabyte GTX-680-SOC last...

I found, especially in my Country which is affected by varying currency differences compared to the $, its best to buy certain components first... then the last thing to get is RAM, CPU and GPU ... since the prices drop more easily on those than other types of components, As these usually get upgraded more frequently than other components.. GPU's especially... just an observation iv picked up over the years.

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I'm always thinking about this when i change my PC, the 4th time now and still not sure if i buy some parts now or i wait and buy newer components in some weeks ;)

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i always buy new. i play about a year with my rig and then sell it. and for a few euro more i buy a new pc. butt i always keep my haf x case. thats my baby ;-)

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I think if your on a budget it's safer to wait few months after all the new computer components come out. Like for windows 8, I'm going to wait until. They start making motherboard and more software that supports windows 8, until I starting building my windows 8 system. But if you have tons of money, buy everything. If you are poor like me, got to wait. I always like to wait 6 months to a year after then I start my research about getting a new pc.

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I think if your on a budget it's safer to wait few months after all the new computer components come out. Like for windows 8, I'm going to wait until. They start making motherboard and more software that supports windows 8, until I starting building my windows 8 system. But if you have tons of money, buy everything. If you are poor like me, got to wait. I always like to wait 6 months to a year after then I start my research about getting a new pc.

Anonymous

Buying everything at once new is the greatest experience every.

You have searched for weeks and read reviews to build the perfect PC. You get home the package, you open it up and you smell new hardware parts, the best smell there is. You put every piece together, like forging a sword as a blacksmith. As icing on the cake, you do a fresh OS install and everything feels so fresh and new.

Anonymous

You said it all friend .. building a computer is the sweetest effort in the world
Unfortunately I get to wait for long times before I get my hands on a new part ..

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It depends on how old is your computer. If every single parts of your computer are very outdated, you might as well upgrade the whole thing. Otherwise, you can just upgrade parts by parts. I've sold my whole desktop computer a while ago when switching over to gaming laptop. But, after a little while, I've decided to build a desktop computer once again from scratch. This time, I've decided to build a smaller with mini-itx, but more powerful than my previous desktop machine with Core i7 3770K with GTX 690.

Btw, PLEASE fix this website for 2560x1440 user, it's VERY annoying and VERY buggy when using full screen.

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I agree with you. I would upgrade almost everything if my computer is over 5 years old. Of course, it would also depend on what you use your primary computer for. If you're using your computer for checking emails and light browsing on the internet, then you may not need to upgrade everything. Would adding an SSD help with faster app startups? Would adding more RAM help?

Thanks for making the video, Rodney!

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part by part i usually run out of money easy ;__;

Anonymous

i say buy part by part although you would have parts that are technically old cause technology changes too fast