E3 and AMD Next Horizon have come and gone, and with them a whole slew of potential computer upgrades has taken the PC market by storm. Right now, is the perfect time to find some new components for that PC you’ve been holding onto for the past three years – the dying screams of ancient cores need to haunt your PC tower no more.
You may be thinking to yourself “I just bought this build two years ago, why do I need to upgrade it? It’s practically new”. Well, there’s a lot of work that goes into prolonging the life and performance of your beloved technological companion. Without further ado, let’s get into why you need regular computer upgrades.
Upgrade Your Performance
Tried-and-true tech geeks tend to upgrade (or in some cases, entirely replace) their computers every four years or so, and there’s a reason for that! While we do enjoy opening up that brand-new Nvidia Titan RTX GCU, or the latest AORUS loop-cooling system, it’s not just because we like to buy new toys.
Put simply – new components mean new capabilities. Whether you use your computer purely as a workspace, as a gaming set-up, or as some hybrid of both, the pieces it was comprised of four years prior may have some trouble measuring up to modern-day needs. CPU bottlenecks on older systems can restrict your data flow over time, and your RAM will keep taking hits the longer it has to deal with more advanced systems. Four years is a while in terms of technological advancement.
All this is not to say that you need to overhaul your entire PC, but it does pay to check over the components you have running and see which ones might be too outdated. If you run Windows 10 on an older PC, you might have experienced a noticeable slowing in performance due to a memory deficiency. Additionally, if you want to run something like the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 with its impressive graphics background, you might need a heftier CPU and GPU than what you’re currently packing.
Prolong the Life of Your PC
Rather than needing to buy an entirely new system, it pays to keep on top of your current rig’s maintenance by engaging in some good old-fashioned computer servicing, which includes upgrading the pieces that are showing signs of wear and tear. For example, if you’re running a water-cooling system for your motherboard, over the past few years the water will have stripped away at the casing and started corroding smaller elements of your PC. This is just one of the things that can lead to the sudden and untimely death of your sparky best friend.
If you’re not experienced in taking apart your PC tower, get someone who knows what they’re doing to dig around in there. Check in on all of the components you’re currently running, and see which ones are demonstrating signs of degradation. It’s entirely worthwhile to replace these with later type systems that can handle a few more years of hard yards, as it will save you a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run.
Broad Market for PC Parts
And finally, following the release of AMD Ryzen’s 3000 CPUs, GPUs and memory, you can make some pretty intelligent choices regarding any new additions. These new components are huge game-changers, with tech enthusiasts all over the world wondering if this latest generation will knock tech-giant Intel off the throne they have become so accustomed to – so their performance is nothing to sneeze at.
That being said, the presence of these new-fangled motherboards means that the other components currently on the market are going to see a drop in their price points. So, if you’re looking to elevate your current performance while protecting your wallet, there is no shortage of more budget-friendly, high-performance options out there for you.