The core components of my home computer date back to 2008. I got these components as spare parts when United Front Games was giving away stuff back in 2014. I was working there and was lucky to grab them. These parts were about six years old back then and now they’re nine years old. In computer terms, I’m running ancient stuff. Newer games are beginning to run slow on my machine so I decided it was time to get some new parts.
To save money however, I decided to get the bare minimum of new parts: a CPU, motherboard, and memory. Notice I didn’t include a new graphics card in that list. More on that later. I’m going to continue to use all the other parts in my computer, like the power supply, CPU cooler, hard drives, case, and fans. This is a budget upgrade, trying to keep costs low. I’ve deferred the graphics card upgrade until the end of the summer as stupid cryptominers have reduced card supplies to nothing and driven up prices exorbitantly.
Upgrading my computer will be a pain in the butt as I’m probably going to need to move over to Windows 10 as well. My home computer will be out of action for at least a whole weekend as I’ll need to install a new OS, download all the required programs that I need, and tweak everything to my liking. A first-world problem for sure but still a pain. The last of the new parts, the new memory arrived today so I might embark on this journey this long weekend.