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Old 01-07-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Whittier
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I only really upgrade if I can't play a computer game or if my computer chokes while trying to photoshop an image or is slow processing audio.

I've always been a low-midrange, midrange user anyway.

Currently I have a home built Foxconn P-45A 775 board. With a Q9550 OC'd to 3.4GHz. 6GB of RAM, and a couple of hard drives. Oh and a 8800GT 512MB that's OC'd as well; it's a wonderful card.

If I wanted to upgrade I'd probably buy a new video card, or another monitor but it's not a necessity. So far my computer is running great and if I were to upgrade I would just build a new one flat out, and that would cost around a grand, but that's just too much money right now.

Also I have an old AMD box with an Athlon 3600XP+ that I'm using as a NAS, using freeNAS. Though I might turn it into a cheap HTPC with Ubuntu.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: NJ
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My first PC was a Gateway back in 1997 when I first started using a home computer. I paid $2000 for CPU, keyboard, speakers no monitor. Then I bought a Dell Dimension in 2001 which I loved and then the problems in 2005, when I purchased another Dell XPS 400 which I got blue screens. The XPS 400 did crash on Xmas Eve, but I got it back up and running to use as a backup.

In 2009, I bought my first laptop, a Toshiba, which I love. So since 1997, I'm on my 4th PC.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I used hand-me-downs, starting with a pre-windows 286 in 1995. The first one I bought out of a box was in, I think, 2006. Cheapest money could buy, and I replaced it with a similar one when it refused to boot up after about 3 years.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: North of Nowhere, South of Everywhere
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I only would buy on if I absolutely needed to. which I haven't had to do in the past 15 years.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Well, I guess I'll have to wait until late 2011 for the 6 to 8 core Sandy Bridge processors to come out. Meanwhile, memory prices have crashed and now is a good time to upgrade memory again!

I got this memory in Oct 2010 for $150, now it's $80!
Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
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Old 01-08-2011, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I get the urge to upgrade every 2-3 years. My current build is 3 years old, but it's aging very well (C2D E8400 was a very good chip). As much as I'm tempted to create a new Sandy Bridge system, I don't need to, and I think I'm going to wait at least a year and wait on the next set of CPUs to come out. I'm pretty much an MMO gamer (with the occasional forays into Team Fortress and Left 4 Dead 2), so a midrange computer is sufficient. If I need to upgrade anything right now, it's the video card.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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One thing for sure, when I first got in the IT field, I was an avid gamer so upgrading HW was definitely a much higher priority and a more frequent occurrence.
The last few years though, I stopped playing games, or more like a seldom occurrence and definitely no online gaming so I no longer have the same desire or need to build new systems or even upgrade hardware.

The last PC I built (2-3 years ago):
Mobo: Abit IX38, 2x 1GB - 2x 512MB RAM, NVidia 8800GT Video, 2x 150GB WD Raptor drives.

I seem to be spending my time exploring different software and OSes and upgrading hardware is nowhere near as important or necessary so it seems.

Perhaps the a few short unemployment periods in recent years, drained savings, bad economy, lower salaries and lack of job security in general are other reasons that might be deterring me from building a new PC?
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Well, I guess I'll have to wait until late 2011 for the 6 to 8 core Sandy Bridge processors to come out. Meanwhile, memory prices have crashed and now is a good time to upgrade memory again!

I got this memory in Oct 2010 for $150, now it's $80!
Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
This was mentioned on the Sata3 thread, but the issue with some of the new hardware is that outside of power users that have the need for multi-core processors (video editing, CAD, etc.), most people will never even see the other cores used. The vast majority of games and software are optimized for at most two cores and if they even take advantage of 4 or 6+, they do so very poorly. This is why older CPU's like the Intel Core 2's have scaled so well. They were incredible OC'ers and when paired with a good vid card, they are more than capable of doing anything most users will do.

Anyway, I have a feeling that AMD's Bulldozer is going to be the new hotness as it seems to be the better solution for multi-cores than what Sandy Bridge is offering. Anyone considering an upgrade should hold off until both of these are out. Also, if anyone is an OC'er Intel has locked out all OC'ing on the Sandy Bridge chips, unless you buy the unlocked versions. So, no more OC'ing if your an Intel fan unless you pony up the extra bucks for a "K" series or the mobo builders find a way around Intels design.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I finished building my first desktop less than a month ago, before that I only bought laptops for use at school. I hope to get 5 years out of it before i absolutely have to start upgrading.

MSI Big Bang-XPower
i7 950
12gb DDR3 1600 of memory
2TB of storage
GeForce 480
Crossfire 850w

I also have a GeForce 580 in the mail. This rig is primarily used for gaming and HD video.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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I finished building my first desktop less than a month ago, before that I only bought laptops for use at school. I hope to get 5 years out of it before i absolutely have to start upgrading.

MSI Big Bang-XPower
i7 950
12gb DDR3 1600 of memory
2TB of storage
GeForce 480
Crossfire 850w

I also have a GeForce 580 in the mail. This rig is primarily used for gaming and HD video.
I just wanted you to know that if you are planning on running those vid cards in SLI, they won't work, unless you are looking to run the 480 as a PhysX only card (massive waste) or replace the 480 with the 580. Do to the way Nvidia uses SLI features all the cards in the loop need to be identical. Mixed ATI cards will work in Crossfire, but they will all be clocked to the slowest card.

I wasn't sure if you were just upgrading or were hoping to run them in SLI, so I figured I'd throw it out there. Also, the performance of the 580 is only about 10% better than a single 480 (though the overall card is a much better design and runs cooler, quieter and draws less power). If you were looking for maximum power, a second 480 in SLI would be the better route.
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