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What to Upgrade

When it comes to adding stuff to your PC, what are the most popular upgrades? Memory is always good (you can never have too much memory!), but other upgrades are driven more by the particular applications for which you use your computer. For example, if you play a lot of PC games you should consider upgrading your system's video card and monitor; if you listen to a lot of MP3 files, consider better speakers and a fast CD burner.

Table 2.1 shows the most popular hardware you can add to your system—along with why you'd want to make that upgrade, and the approximate cost of the new hardware.


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