Futureproofing a PC

  rovit44 20 Aug 11
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Buying the best you can afford in the hope that it'll satisfy your growing like for technology. Buying more than you need now just in case you get round to trying out that overclocking thingy, or watching something in HD or getting one of those games you hear about occasionally. Ceasing being a spectator of the ever-developing IT market and hoping your purchase will retain it's usefulness whilst everything next year will be twice as good and half as cheap.

So, why not an i5 2500K, Z68 mobo, 4G RAM, 1TB HDD, 22" 1080 screen for £500ish + delivery? maybe a graphics card in the future maybe a SSD maybe some decent speakers and a sound card...

or is the next best thing just around the corner so I should wait? will Win8 be just great or should I got for it now and save money with Ubuntu?

  ICF 21 Aug 11

There is not a lot you can do to stop advances in technology.If you use the wait theory then you will never buy anything so it's a flawed theory.All you can do is do your research and buy the best you can afford at the time of purchase.If what you buy satisfies your needs then job done.

  buteman 21 Aug 11

Get what you can today because of all the price increases and job losses maybe you will not have the cash in the pocket to buy one next year.

  woodchip 21 Aug 11

No point in waiting as tomorrow it will be out of date

  Aitchbee 21 Aug 11

I like to remain about 5-10 years behind 'cutting-edge technology'.Sometimes it's best to wait and see.

  Forum Editor 21 Aug 11

"Sometimes it's best to wait and see."

That may be a valid policy in some areas, but in the fast-moving world of computer technology waiting for 5-10 years before adopting a development will mean that you are hopelessly out of date.

Someone who hasn't upgraded for ten years would still not be using Windows XP, and would find that many of today's best software would not run on the computer they were using.

Best to wait and see? for a year or so, maybe, but 10 years? I don't think so.

  harps1h 22 Aug 11

There is no such thing as future proofing technology. All you can do is buy the best you can afford at the time, thus extending it's useful lfe. You wait to be 5/19 behind technology you will find the technology you buy will probably not be worth the box it came in. This is especially true in computers. To future proof computers you need to be upgrading components incrementally to avoid a big spend at one time.

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