When I look at my own setup from a year back and see what it is capable of I would say that these holidays wont be holidays of upgrading but holidays of spending your money on other computer related stuff like digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones but also DVD players and home cinema sets.
The current level of performance indeed isnt that much higher as last years. So I would say that if you recently bought a PC (read between now and a year or so back) and you can still do your stuff on it then it is absolutely not worth your money to upgrade. Spend it on something usefull.
Or consider not spending money at all on PCs this year and buy loads of beer and food like me
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Im going to wait for Mid-2004 to buy a new PC.. Prescott.. Longhorn... Massive Ram Chips... Mmmm...
In all honesty, the release of the 64-bit AMD chip is the only new thing even worth a mention. It is great, and its only going to get better, but why should you buy all new stuff (Registered Ram, Socket 740 Mobo, Processor...) Just to get that 10-15% increase?
I wouldnt say performance hasnt increased...its just like every other year pretty much....only exception is the the brilliant athlon64,all we need is an fx that doesnt need registered ram....and is cheap....
And look at halo...try getting last years mid range stuff to run that with high graphics detail.....hell this years high end only just manages...
he is right. i dont know why people spend hundreds of dollars upgrading to a new processor that will maybe get 5 percent more performance than your previous one. up until about a month and a half ago, i was on a 450 mhz system, and in all honesty, that was totally fine. since all i do is get on the internet, use aim, and general computer use, i didnt need anything that was 2300 for a system, and had 3.2 ghz and stuff. even now, after i upgraded to my 1800+, i could have saved some money and gotten an even slower processor, and i probably wouldnt have seen a difference. and in all honesty.....how much faster than instant do u really need? lol
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Athlon XP 1800+ (1.53Ghz @ 2.4Ghz//(200x12))
400 watt antec smart power PSU
512mb PC3200 Geil Golden Dragon dual channel
160 GB WD HDD
I'm waiting till PCI express hit's the scene, before I go for a totally new system.
An Athlon 64 (maybe FX if I can swing it) on a PCI express MB, with chip-set 2nd generation SATA, and running a 64bit OS.
Till then the most I might do is upgrade my Athlon XP, it's only a 266 FSB MB so all I can get is a 2400+. But after Christmas it should be under $100CND. For that price it's hard not to upgrade.
Even if you get more then a 5-10% performance increase, IMHO there's just too many great things on the horizon, (or just below it), to not consider waiting things out a bit.
Athlon XP M 2500+ (12x200FSB=2.4 ghz, PR 3500+), Soltek SL-75RN2-L, 1gig 3200DDR Ram, ATI X800GTO, NEC MultiSync FE991sb, Creative Audigy OEM, Logitech 5.1 speakers, 40gig HD booting XP, 200gig@50%games, Lite-On DVD burner, LG 52x32x52x
Be careful there, SS; you'll get a visit from the Chipper Commercial Cops Corps, known only to insiders as C4, who will disappear you after beating the living crap out of you with a 30 kg. XT ( monitor not included). Your assigned role in life is to stimulate demand by enthusing about New Stuff. Get with the Program!!