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Andy's Recommended Upgrade Plan

After all that upgrade chit chat, let me summarize for you what you might consider doing if you have a bit of money and are willing to be more ambitious than usual, if you're not a system tinkerer.

For most people who consider themselves intermediate computer users, but not advanced geeks, I recommend the following upgrades, if needed:

  • RAM—Definitely upgrade to 1GB of RAM and go to 2GB if you have a bit of extra cash. Go to 3 or 4GB if you play games, edit video, or want the 4GB geek bragging rights.
  • GPU—If you bought a midlevel or premium system in the last two years, and it has a separate video card slot (or you can swap out the video card that's there), invest in a newer video card with 256MB or 512MB VRAM.
  • CPU—Skip a CPU upgrade unless you have a hardcore geek around. The headaches and resulting performance boost aren't likely to pay off.
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