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The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

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A better monitor
  4894 votes / 16%
A better processor
  915 votes / 3%
More RAM
  5614 votes / 18%
A better optical drive, hard drive or SSD
  3628 votes / 12%
A better input device
  493 votes / 1%
Better networking hardware
240 votes / 0%
A complete system replacement
  13031 votes / 43%
Some other option (described below)
  1389 votes / 4%
30204 total votes.
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The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

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  • Monitor definitely (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Gavin Scott (15916) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @11:27AM (#37702950)

    It's the only purchase that can in any way be considered and investment, since if you get a really nice one now, you can probably use it for years across multiple computers.

    Around 1988 I bought a Nec Multisync 5D 21" CRT display for myself at work. It cost me $2400, but it was worth every penny as at the time everyone else was using 12" displays at 640x480 (or worse), and that monitor still works fine today (though its maximum resolution of around 1100x700 means it no longer sees active use).

    I credit this display for eliminating ten years or so of eyestrain and discomfort, as well as productivity gains, and I wonder if it's one of the reasons my eyesight is still good many years later.

    So spend the extra bucks on a 27" or 30" professional display and you won't regret it.

    It's always worth spending more on interfaces between you and the rest of the world. That goes for monitors, mice, keyboards, as well as things like mattresses).


  • Changed OS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @12:53PM (#37704082) Journal
    Changing the OS (from XP to Ubuntu Warty) was the easiest upgrade by far, and it revitalized my laptop. That laptop is still going strong on Lubuntu 10.04 LTS. But this is yet another missing option, so I voted "some other option".
  • SSD for sure (Score:5, Interesting)

    by citylivin (1250770) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @01:45PM (#37704766)

    Without a doubt, the most notable increase in performance for me was installing an SSD. I replaced a ultra 320 15k scsi drive with an early model intel SSD and it was night and day. I have since upgraded again to a 128gb model crucial m4 and I am LOVING it!!

    0ms access time, 400MB/s read 250MB/s write (with SATA3). The system is simply snappier and more responsive. I have never had a CPU uprgade, or anything else, make as much of a difference.

    Upgrading laptops we had at work with crucial m4's recently has breathed life into 4 or 5 year old machines which people constantly complained were slow. With the 64GB version at about $110, its really the best "bang for your buck" that you can do.

  • No way, SSD for me! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) on Friday October 14, 2011 @10:48AM (#37714772) Homepage

    I droped an Intel x-25M that I won into an aging Athlon x2 (first of the dualcores), my wife's PC. That thing SMOKES now, gets to windows in about 35 seconds. It's faster than my I-920 w/ 9GB of tripple channel ram, Raid, and a radeon 5870. If I just need to do something online right quick, it's faster than my cellphone on Wife to power up, get to a page I need and shutdown.

    Truly AMAZING upgrade, and it was by far and above the biggest improvement I've seen in overall performance, despite having almost the same upgrade paths as you when I was a tyke.


  • Re:Missing option (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ArhcAngel (247594) on Friday October 14, 2011 @12:34PM (#37716156)
    Insert? Hell I had to solder in the extra 512MB of RAM into my Atari STe to get it up to 1024

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