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Chapter 2. Preparing Your System for an ... > To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade—That Is...

To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade—That Is the Question

Paradoxically, it's easier to upgrade a newer PC than it is an older one; of course, if you have a newer PC, you have less need to upgrade. In fact, if your computer is too old, you'll find upgrading both problematic and overly expensive; when you add up the costs of the new components you want to add, you'll probably find that it's cheaper to buy a new PC.

How old is too old? Some techies use the “three years and out” rule and say that if your PC is more than three years old, don't bother upgrading. There's a good reason for this, as really old PCs often don't have the oomph necessary to accept newer, higher-performing components. It's also possible that some components of your old PC might be obsolete; this is a particular problem when upgrading memory on a system that uses SIMM or early SDRAM-NIMM modules.


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