Computers have become a major part in our lives. We have our reasons why we use Personal Computers. It could be researching for assignments and projects at school, work related queries, video games, internet, and lots more. As the days pass by, computer parts manufacturers have been studying and implementing new technologies onto our PCs. There is always something to look forward to as the competition to have the edge in technology has risen among the different manufacturers in their field of expertise.
But then, software (from Operating Systems to Video Games) tend to go with the flow of technology and increases its demand in hardware power. It does seem for most that after 2 to 3 years, our system hardware may be working but may not be supported or manufactured anymore. Then, it comes to the question, do I need to upgrade or not? The next question may be one of the most crucial ones, can I afford to upgrade or not? Some computer parts are cheap and some are really expensive and a single hardware may cost more than an entire midstream system. Among the cheapest upgrades would be the memory. Here in the Philippines, at the time of this writing, a 1 gigabyte DDR2 memory costs an average of $27. That would make your system efficient in handling multiple documents and different applications running at the same time. It increases the threshold of the amount of data it can handle at one instance at a very low price. One of the most expensive parts, on the other hand, are graphics adapters or video cards. High-end video cards cost up to $500 or more. And sometimes, in order to boost performance a bit further, you’ll have to buy 2 of those cards and use them in tandem. Having monitors that cost more than $1,000 is not a necessity but it improves visual quality especially if you are using your PC as a movie theater or for video games.
Other upgrades are medium-ranged when it comes to its price. However, like the motherboard and processor, you may need to purchase both, especially if you are moving to another platform or chipset. These usually cost at an average of $70 or more. Another option is to increase storage. Around 8 to 10 years ago, applications can fit even on a 3 12 inch floppy disk which hos a capacity of only 1.44 megabyte. The concept of having a gigabyte application was still in the imagination of most people. But now, applications may even come in 2 or more DVDs which adds to around 9GB total or more. And that is yet to be uncompressed.
It still depends on how we use our PCs. In time, we will eventually have to upgrade in order to have new applications run efficiently on our systems. For research work or desk jobs, it does not need a very powerful system but it still needs enough power to handle multiple documents, intensive graphics, and memory efficiency especially if you really need it. But as mentioned above, if you are using your PC to watch high quality movies and play video games, you’d have to shell out a lot in order for your PC to even be able to run those applications. Especially these days. The prices of gas and major commodities have gone up and for average income earners, it is already a tad too difficult to spare a few bucks for upgrades. Coping up with computer technology is not that difficult. It can be studied depending on your needs and preferences and there are a lot of options for upgrade parts. Most of the time, we don’t really need those high end systems that cost more than $4,000. In time, it will become obsolete. It is better to have a good power to price ratio. I find it helpful to follow technology at a small pace but at the same time, having enough computing power to handle needed applications and processes.