The first question we need to ask is, “How old is my current computer ?” The second question is, “What is the primary function of my computer ?”, whether it be for personal use, games, school, or work ? The answer to both of these questions will play in important role in deciding whether to purchase a new computer or upgrade an older one. It has been my experience that if your computer is more than 5 years old, most likely the time has come to go with a brand new machine. The function of the computer is also a factor in deciding to upgrade. For example, if you use the computer solely as a word processor and e-mail for school, then you might be able to get 6 or 7 years out of a computer. On the contrary, if you primarily use your computer to play the latest games, use it for high-end graphics, and complex calculations, then you might want to upgrade every 1-1/2 years.
So you’ve decided to upgrade your computer instead of buying a new one, since your computer is only 3 years old and do a little word processing, web design, accounting for your business, and play a few games. The next question is, “Where do I go from here ?”. Ask yourself what your budget is to spend on upgrading the computer hardware inside of the computer. Computer hardware comes in a wide range of brands, quality, and pricing. For the sake of this upgrade, we are going with a moderate budget of about $300 to spend to get our computer’s hardware up to speed. Here is a listing of what we currently have and a brief explanation of each computer hardware component.
Pentium 4 – 2.2Ghz Processor
– Main brain of the computer it does all of the computer’s “thinking”.
Maxtor 40GB Hard Drive
– Computer’s main permanent storage facility, much like a large electronic file cabinet
Full Tower Case
– Housing that house’s all of the computer’s internal components
– Computer’s temporary storage, much like a desk with documents on it waiting to be stored.