Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

Aug 2 2007   6:52PM GMT

Upgrade or buy new?

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Green IT

This week I have posted blogs on how to upgrade an old PC and installing more memory. The main lesson I ‘ve taken away from my upgrade is that it is pretty easy and there is a genuine improvement in the performance of Windows XP, my web browsing experience, files seem to open quicker and multimedia really flies. I think the general responsiveness of the PC has improved dramatically: it’s like a new machine.

Now, while businesses may well choose to buy new PCs every couple of years, the old ones can always be upgraded relatively easily and at low cost to make them work better. Now Dell, HP, Lenovo and others can sell a brand new budget desktop under the £300 mark (such as Dell’s Vostro 200 Mini Tower), offering dual core, x64 memory addressing, 2Gbytes of dual channel memory. But the cost of any new PC is much more than simply its purchase price.

Think of the environmental impact from its manufacture to when it arrives on your desk; installation of your software environment and disposal of the PC it replaces. These all add up. Perhaps it is worth spending a little time, effort and money upgrading instead.

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  • Richard
    As a developer I find that I need to open multiple applications and run a web browser sometimes with as many as 7 or 8 tabs open. I have always upgraded my machine it is a five year old 1.4 ghz AMD with 1.5 gb RAM. Its been upgraded so many times I am unsure there are any bits from my original computer. I get the job done seamlessly, that is I do not spend much time waiting for my applications to do things. Duel core x64 machines are great, If you are playing games, running a server or doing video and image editing. For the bog standard run of the mill 99% of us we can get away with a simple upgrade and continue using Word, Excel and whatever other application our boss’s require us to use.

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  • Johan Overbeeke
    Hi there,

    I only want to know: are the recent versions of the big software packages like Office, Photo shop, MS Moviemaker, etc... making full use of the 2 or more cores as of today (2005-02-05)?

    In our school with tiny budgets we can buy 2nd hand P4's for less than $100! Should we invest in dual core's or will we throw away money?



    for your search engine: dual core, quad core, useful, IT investment, personal computer

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