Assess Your Needs
Before you upgrade, ask yourself these five questions to figure out why you're dissatisfied and what would make you happier:
- Do I spend too much time twiddling my thumbs while my PC processes my data?
- Does the computer seem too slow all the time or only during certain tasks?
- How much money can I spend?
- What do I want to be doing with my PC next year at this time?
- What do I want to be doing with my PC three years; clown the road?
If your computer is too slow, you should consider an upgrade (question 1). Question 2 identifies specific bottlenecks. Money, as always, dictates how much upgrading you can do (question 3). Questions 4 and 5 refer to the future. The future can be expensive if you don't account for it.