I’ve been saving for a new computer for some time now. A few bucks here and there, but it adds up. I do enjoy playing some computer games from time to time, and the last time that I bought a computer the full system cost me approximately $1200 including a monitor. I knew it would cost me less this time, considering my monitor is still good, but I was still imagining somewhere in the neighborhood of $800 to get the components I want. To date, I have saved $400.
I tend to buy my computers from the local computer shops – not big box retail stores, so I’m pretty confident that I’m getting exactly what I want. The thing is, when you know exactly what you want, you also know how much it should cost. I consistently found that pre-fabricated systems from the local shop cost a couple hundred more than if I just bought the parts. So, I am setting out to build myself a new mid range gaming computer. The other consideration is that over the years certain parts have been replaced, so I may not need to get everything new. For example, my case is still perfectly fine, and my hard drive was replaced about a year ago. My power supply is also a couple of years old, but good enough and powerful enough to make do until the next round of upgrades.
Without getting too far into the geeky details, I determined that I needed to upgrade my motherboard, CPU and RAM. After shopping around online, I found some well received components that fit my needs. Total cost, including shipping: $315. So, as we speak, some new computer parts are on in the mail! More details to follow as I try my hand at manually upgrading/building a computer.
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