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How often do you upgrade your PC components (in general)?

How often do you upgrade your PC components (in general)?  

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  1. 1. How often?

    • Every 6 months
      14
    • Every year
      19
    • Every 2 years
      23
    • Every 3 years
      14
    • Every 4 years
      12
    • Every 5 years
      11
    • Every 6 years or more
      2
    • I just build or buy a new system from scratch everytime
      7
  2. 2. ...and do you think upgrading individual components is more cost effective than just buying a whole new system everytime?

    • Yes
      84
    • No
      20


Whether you own a desktop, laptop--heck even an AIO. Whether you're a gamer, editor, 3D modeler, "corn enthusiast", whoever you are.

I know it varies from person to person, their needs, and especially their budget. But the thesis I'm working on requires numbers.

I'm also just curious because the number is all over the place elsewhere.

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Whenever the games and programs I want to run start slowing down enough to the point where I want to upgrade. Currently using a system I built in 2013, the only reason I haven't upgraded is because I mostly play games from Wargaming and they still use an outdated game engine. If I were to play the new battlefields I might upgrade. Maybe every 5 or 6 years?

 

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10 minutes ago, DarkEnergy said:

Whenever the games and programs I want to run start slowing down enough to the point where I want to upgrade. Currently using a system I built in 2013, the only reason I haven't upgraded is because I mostly play games from Wargaming and they still use an outdated game engine. If I were to play the new battlefields I might upgrade. Maybe every 5 or 6 years?

Wargaming isn't that intensive my laptop can run it but since I ran into wifi issues I can't play any wifi games but I can't vote because I haven't finished my first build

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I budget PC replacements approximately 12 months. I build a complete system, and previous system gets reallocated as a server, media PC or render box etc.

Each system is intended to be in use 24/7 for 5-7 years before it is recycled.

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I personally replace my GPU, drives, and CPU about once a season just depending on what I want to do or test. Building a new machine is usually more cost-effective to me if older parts from previous builds will be available. \

 

To me, it makes no sense to replace an i5 to an i7 within the same generation since the cost may not give an appreciable benefit in the long-term and getting the best CPU you can afford would be better. I would usually recommend going with a Pentium if a stronger CPU is wanted but funds are lacking since they retain the most value.

 

Memory, again, getting the amount you need at a high speed can usually be a better purchase versus getting the base for a few dollars savings. 

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Upgraded PSU because yeahidonttrustthat. $90

Upgraded invisible wi-fi adapter to WDN3800 $50

Upgraded monitor because 1600x900. $150

Upgraded my FX-4100 to a FX-6300 because it wouldn't run FO4 smoothly enough. $130

Upgraded Motherboard because VRMs aren't supposed to be that color. $130

Upgraded mystery ram to 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport $70

Upgraded my 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport to 16GB GSkill Ripjaws X because screw paging files. $100

Upgraded invisible HDD to 500GB WD Blue $50

Upgraded monitor again because ghosting. $400

Upgraded my 500GB WD Blue to a 3TB Hitachi Drivestar because ain't nobody got time for that. $90

Upgraded my HD 7950 to RX 480 because artifacting. $200

Upgraded 16 year old surge protector because glorified powerbar. $40

 

This was over about 2 years.

 

I think it depends on what you start with. It would've been cheaper to have just bought a better unit, but muh budget. Let's save money on our computers by correcting our own mistakes and investing nearly $2000 into something that should rightfully only cost $400.

 

If you start with something good, and something reliable, I'd say the average person probably wouldn't upgrade for about 3-5 years or so. If you're starting with something inferior, you're going to be upgrading as your needs demand. This was my case. It is a bad case.

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I upgrade my GPU every 12-18 months. Ive had my CPU about 3 yrs now and can last me another 2 yrs easily.

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Upgraded from a 1080 to two 1080 Tis when they came out.

 

Upgraded from a HP Pavilion to a Alienware 15 R3 when it came out.

 

Upgraded from a 1TB HDD to a 1  TB M.2 SSD because when doing normal stuff on my laptop, it's the loudest thing in it.  Seriously, I can hear the HDD.  Now it's silent apart from the occasional fan whirr.

 

Upgraded from a 5930K to a 6850K.

 

Upgraded from a cheap 1080p monitor from Walmart to two nice LG 1440p ultrawides(in my office AT WORK).  At home I use some ROG monitor I got a good deal on.

 

Bought two G502's and replaced my $10 bargain brand mice that I had been using.

 

Bought a Note 7 when it came out and then promptly had to return it because Samsung (Best phone I've ever used IMO, not kidding).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Started heavily building on my own in 2013 when I got the funds to do so.  

 

Prior to that I got custom shop ones from seasoned builders, cheapos, ones for free, or that one alienware before dell ruined them.  Still overpriced back then.

 

Anyways, I started with an 850w xfx psu, a 280x, 9370 on a 970 chipset board then went to a 990fx chipset one moved up to a crossfire and so on.  The only 3 areas I focus on are RAM, CPU[mobo goes here too if they don't work together], and GPU.  At one point I upped that to a 280x crossfire then went to a 390 and then got an amazing deal on a Fury.  The original point of this rig was to overclock and then from there developing and gaming in GPU heavy games.  When I started doing more editing stuff on top of all that I switched from the 9370 to a Haswell system.  My first Z97 board broke cuz of bad design, so I went to a name brand I trusted more which was Gigabyte and got a 970.  Had a minor issue with that and got to keep the somewhat broken board and got a full refund.  So, I got a haswell i5 to build a side system around that aka a 4570 for under 150 a year or so ago.   Then from there I updated that system to having a 212 evo instead of a budget raijintek, got a not so dead H97 Gigabyte board, and replaced the rear fan on it.  Originally it was rocking a 270x, phenom ii x4 925, and 970 chipset mobo.  Sold the 270x off of to a good friend that was rocking on an older nvidia card from like ten years ago along with my G5 and an S4.  Gave the phenom II and mobo plus a 260 to my dad for a father's day gift last year since he was running on an a single core processor that was also undervolted.  It has all the power he needs and he can also play some old and new games.  He doesn't care about resolutions either or pushing settings too to much either.  Oh, right when I went to crossfire and do a lot more other work I did up the 850w to a 1ker just to make sure I had enough headroom for 3 OCs on AMD parts. xD  Cuz 9370, and 2 280xs in crossfire all with strong OCs and all is not too too energy friendly.  The 1ker is an Azza[SuperFlower OEM, and Generally good quality all around].  The 850w is in my side rig.  I also got rid of the 270x because I got a 480 4GB card for that.  My side rig I take to my sister's when I stay there more than a week as it's lighter.  Also, I tend to avoid Nvidia because I tend to have bad luck with their products.  I don't hate Nvidia, but with my luck, with them, I tend to stay away. xD 

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When things start to run slow, even after a fresh install of O/S.

So I'd say every 10 years.

 

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Roughly 3-5 years depending on what I'm doing, mostly just parts as needed. For instance I'm on majority the same platform not as in 2010, upgrade a few components on the way as needed, does what I need it to very well atm, doesn't game the best but I don't need to system to play games amazingly right now.

 

Whether is it cheaper or more expensive to upgrade just some components vs a new system really just depends on how often you upgrade and the quality of components you get at the time or age of the system your upgrading. A good psu might last a couple of builds or a HDD, want to add an m.2? The system might be older and need an adapter making it more expensive, I'm sure someone can think of a better example.

 

Personally unless they break my case,odd,monitors,keyboard/mouse,some fans,ssd's etc probably wont get upgraded until long 'obsolete' since they do what I need them to. Then again I'm also someone who used the same old beige case from my p1 until I finally got rid of the old c2d.

 

 

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I upgrade when someone wants the parts in my build more than I do.

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I upgrade when the parts I have don't give me a satisfactory experience anymore. That is about 3-4 years, depending on how much I spent on the last upgrade. My GTX 780 is beginning to show its age, and I will likely upgrade it this summer. I'm waiting to see how Vega shakes up the market. My cpu was upgraded about a year and a half ago to Skylake, and I am in no hurry to upgrade that any time soon. My storage is getting a little cramped, so a new, bigger ssd and another hard drive are also in the near future.

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When I have money burning a hole in my pocket I usually pick the thing I need most and upgrade it. Maybe twice a year I make an upgrade. Next will be a GPU, then 2 more 1440p monitors, then update to whatever current intel extreme CPU and mobo, then m2 ssd. 

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I've had this PC for five years. Only upgrades I did were the GPU (750 TI, which died on me recently.) and 4gb Stick of RAM.

 

I just bought a new PSU and Case for it. Hopefully, a new GPU will be next.

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last pc was built on the fm2a85x a10-5800k (oct 2012) current build is fm2a88x-itx+  a10-7870k (may 2015)  with rx 480 added about a year later so build from scratch every 2-3yrs and upgrades rarely inbetween. nxt planned end of year or early 2018  nice crop of vega cards and ryzen apus out by then + hopefully more optimization

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3 hours ago, MixEcoSystem said:

Whether you own a desktop, laptop--heck even an AIO. Whether you're a gamer, editor, 3D modeler, "corn enthusiast", whoever you are.

I know it varies from person to person, their needs, and especially their budget. But the thesis I'm working on requires numbers.

I'm also just curious because the number is all over the place elsewhere.

Well for me. I built my pc at the wrong time. It was before the release of ryzen, so I had to get an fx chip which would be 2-3 years old already! So I'm planning to upgrade by this years end. But my ryzen system probably 2-3 years out of it.

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Gaming I thing upgrading graphic cards will extend life out of a current build.  

For me I never upgrade parts other than hard drives as I do more video editing.

Many times they change the sockets on the higher end motherboards by the time I need an upgrade around 4 years, so I spent 4k on a system cost = $1000 per year is my budget

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I build a new whenever necessary, but if you upgrade parts along the way then you aren't necessarily  going to be replacing those when you do the rest of your system. So no it does not save you money. It just means for some parts you are not waiting till the full rebuild before enjoying an new GPU or ssd. 

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I upgrade SOME parts every 6 months or so.  Primarily GPU.  Been rocking the 4790k for a couple years now, she's still pushing hard and showing no signs of stopping.  

 

I do upgrade my loop more often than that though, because I'm addicted

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I upgrade major parts like cpu/gpu/board every 4-5 years usually, though I can't imagine I'll upgrade my current cpu + board that I bought in 2014 (Xeon E3-1231v3 + MSI Z97S Krait) until 2020 or so, since I need that power just for gaming and I don't see new consoles until 2020. So until then I can't see a hyperthreaded quadcore i7-class cpu falling off while games are targeted at the low clocked, low IPC octacores in the XB1/PS4. I probably won't upgrade my GTX 970 I bought in 2014 in 2017, considering it's still holding pretty damn strong at 1080p. I have to play new games at high sometimes instead of ultra like when I bought the card, but high still looks the same to me as ultra anyways the vast majority of the time.

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don't have a huge list what I did, but here we go:

I started with a used dell laptop from my parents back in 2012 or so.

This thing started overheating, and I went to university, so I got a lighter laptop in mid 2015. 

As my parents couldn't hold me back from building a PC at that point in time either, I got my first desktop also mid 2015. This thing lasts me and the only thing I added was the ssd back in December '16 because I got a good deal on amazon prime week. I don't feel like I need to upgrade now, and it will probably last me at least another year or so without feeling the need to upgrade as it suits my needs. I barely game when going to university, and the only thing I really play is GTA 5 since 2 years :D

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1 hour ago, 0ld_Chicken said:

I upgrade SOME parts every 6 months or so.  Primarily GPU.  Been rocking the 4790k for a couple years now, she's still pushing hard and showing no signs of stopping.  

 

I do upgrade my loop more often than that though, because I'm addicted

 

I don't really see too many upgrades worth it from the 4790k either.  ^.^ 

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Years ago, I used to upgrade at least one major component every 6 months, and I'd typically sell my old parts off to one of my coworkers.  About 8 years ago, I fell into a really bad financial situation that severely limited my upgrade options.  While I have done some upgrades in that time, it was probably more like 2 years or more between upgrades.  Now that I'm on more solid financial footing, I tend to look for components that are of higher quality/performance, thus limiting how often I need to upgrade.  I also don't feel the need to chase the absolute pinnacle of performance in my games, so I don't have to constantly throw money at my machine to improve it.

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I usually do it when some problems arise such as lagging or downloading issues . Also, it depends on my budget. There are times that I felt like there's a need for some upgrades since there are so many games already that are being downloaded, then all of sudden i'll decide to delete some files or games that I am not really fond of playing since I don't have a budget as of the moment.

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