Given the pace at which technology changes, you could be forgiven for thinking that owning a PC is all about keeping up with the Joneses. But forget what the neighbours think – the components you need depend on what you use your PC for, and that often won't require the latest, greatest kit.
Want a visual upgrade, but don't need to have quick-fire gaming? Buy a graphics card with less memory. Got loads of digital media files? Put a large hard drive on your shopping list, but buy an internal model, and you'll save heaps. And if creating home DVD movies is your thing, an optical drive is a must – although you don't have to choose the latest LightScribe model.
We'll expand on these and other options in this guide, taking a look at the unique needs of different users and pointing you in the direction of hardware that can improve the performance of any PC, without burning a hole in your pocket.
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