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Stupid Upgrades

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Rim’s computer was 5 years old. She decided to upgrade her machine. It had a Pentium IV processor, an Intel 965 motherboard, 512MB DDR I RAM, 80 GB Hard Disk, keyboard, mouse, speakers and an old 15 inch CRT monitor.

She used the machine for a few specific tasks like Web browsing, listening to music or watching a movie once in a while. Now she decides to make an upgrade. She goes for a Phenom Black Edition CPU with a GigaByte motherboard, 4GB of DDR III RAM, 1TB Hard Disk, wireless keyboard and mouse and a 24 inch LCD(edge LED) monitor. And of course a 1GB ATI Radeon 6850.

Great? What she does with this insane rig?
She chats, goes to facebook, youtube, listens to music, and watches a few movies once in a while that too not HD. This is a textbook example of an unnecessary upgrade. True, upgrading once in a while is good, but you know, getting a Phenom Black Edition and that monster graphic card means your usage deserves to be better.

What she should have got?

I would suggest her to stick to her old machine and upgrade only the monitor and the hard disk. When all you do is just surf and listen to music, that’s all you need. The new machine will suck up loads of power increasing bills, lead to extra cyber junk but most importantly Rim will never be able to fully appreciate the potential of the machine she has got.

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