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Windows 7: The PC build/mod bug!

10 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

@Dzomlija: The list of components and importance was very nicely done.

However, I've always been a bit more on the other side of the fence and I "rarely" upgrade a machine...but rather usually start with all new components when I build and then I either retask my current machine for something else in my house or give the machine to somebody needy who would really appreciate it.

For me, it seems that things move too fast in the computer industry to try to get a motherboard that will really last. By the time it's really necessary to upgrade a CPU, it seems it's a new socket, or a new type of RAM (DDR2/DDR3), a new video card slot, etc. Therefore, I don't find it wise to spend $200-$300 on the newest of the motherboards to attempt to ensure that later on you will be able to put in a new CPU. I'd rather buy what I need now, that will work stable and solid for what I am building today and save the extra $$ for another build down the road.

With regards to processors....I don't try to skimp here....but then again I would never buy a low end processor with the intention of simply upgrading it later. A substantial processor upgrade almost always entails a new socket. Going from a 2.4Ghz quad core CPU to a 2.8Ghz quad core doesn't usually equate to a substantial enough performance increase for me to justify going through 2 CPU's and taking my machine apart again in the future.

With regards to storage....I'm all for large drives that can be partitioned. Why deal with more cabling, increased heat, increased power consumption and potential for more case vibration.

With regards to the chassis, it's really a matter or personal choice. Since I don't overclock much, and I'm very neat and clean with my wiring, I've never had a need to put extra fans into a case for cooling. Also, I'm somewhat preferential to smaller these large cases are simply too big and take up too much space in my opinion. And as case technology evolves, I like to buy new cases to take advantage of the functionality (bottom mounted power supplies, hot-swap drive bays, cable management grommets, etc). So, I don't usually buy my cases with the intention of using them for 2-3-4 builds down the road.

Again, I'm not saying that I am right....but just different. And in all of the time that I have been working with computers, this philosophy has always served me well and hasn't left me with any regrets.

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10 Aug 2010   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Ladies and gentlemen,
By considering the outside and core components first and purchasing wisely we save time, money and also throw away and recycle less. The very important internals are constantly under attach by the must have upgrade blues but mark my words if you pony up for a 800D or the like it truly is the last case you will ever need or desire and how smart is that in todays disposable world. We as a society must think in different consumer terms and where possible purchase quality made products without planned obsolescence for the long term. Just my opinion and I value yours.
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11 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Some very valid and interesting points.

Perhaps there is one thing that I missed off my initial post but also a very important thing.

The fact that I find it extremely enjoyable each time I upgrade bits , from researching/looking into what's hot/what I can afford at the time to ordering to awaiting delivery to installing and to using.

I know there are right ways to do things in the ideal world , like saving up for a year and getting all the bits to build the perfect system in 1 go , but that's perhaps not the most fun way of doing things.

And that's what life's all about isn't it?

If it makes you happy do it.


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