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Questions you should ask yourself before upgrading your desktop PC

1) Is there a good reason to upgrade my PC? Is my PC working well with relatively few problems considering my personal computing needs?

2) Have I received good value from my current configuration? Is it becoming problematic to do the things I now need to do on my PC?

3) Have my computing needs changed? If so, in what area? Do I require more raw computing power or perhaps just some new software applications that will work well with my current PC configuration and operating system?

4) Do I really need the latest operating system available? If I upgrade my OS, will my current hardware devices function properly? Will they even be supported?

5) If I upgrade to a new hardware device, will I be able to support it with my current operating system and PC configuration? Is there a software program, routine or driver that I can use that is compatible with my current OS to install the device properly?

If you do not have the answers to most of these questions, perhaps you should consult with someone who does. There are many self-proclaimed experts out there, but in the end you should be able to find a professional who can suggest the best and most sensible upgrade solution for your personal computing needs.

Generally speaking, the people who have the fewest problems with desktop PC upgrades have used their system for many years practically trouble free and then have chosen to upgrade both the hardware and software at the same time. Having realized the importance of these two aspects of PC computing working well together, they are no doubt on the road to many more years of happy computing!

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