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September 12th, 2006
Best PC Upgrades
PC World Contributor Robert Luhn
With a little know-how and some good advice, making the right upgrade
can keep your hot-rod PC blazing or extend the life of your wheezing
workhorse system. We have the information you need for either goal, in
sections that bring you up-to-date on all the major components and
comprehensive, step-by-step guides to upgrading.
CPU Upgrades: Intel's hot new Core 2 Duo processors are the latest and
greatest CPUs here. For an older PC bump-up, we show you what you can
expect from a Pentium 4 upgrade in an older computer, as well as
providing a step-by-step upgrade guide.
Graphics Board Upgrades: SLI and Crossfire are the new technologies
our video card section. We run through four different upgrade
scenarios--two for an older AGP system and two for a new system with
on-board graphics--along with our step-by-step guide.
Memory Upgrades: DDR3 memory is coming, and we let you know what to
expect. Also, learn the benefits of an easy, inexpensive memory
and check out our step-by-step guide.
Hard-Drive Upgrades: Perpendicular recording and hybrid hard drives
the spotlight in the hard-drive section. Once again we offer a
step-by-step guide--this one focuses on adding a new drive and
Optical Drive Upgrades: Are the new Blu-ray optical drives worth the
hefty price tag? Probably not--but much more reasonable DVD upgrade
options are available.
Upgrade, Build, or Buy: To wrap up our coverage, we help you answer
critical questions: Is it time to get a new system instead of
and are you better off buying a new system or building it?
And don't miss our handy extra tips and guides:
How to Install a New Power Supply
How to Keep Your PC Cool
Make Sure You Have the Tools You Need
Gauge How Hard Your System Is Working
Set Up Your PC for Multimedia Entertainment
Visit our Upgrade Center tips and product reviews:
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