Should I upgrade, or just buy a new system?

Question

I would like to upgrade to a faster system. The options are to buy a new Gateway or simply to upgrade the motherboard, (to a PentiumIII 600mhz) hard drive (from 4.3gb to 9 or more), CD rom (from 12X to 48X) and memory (from 64 to 128K). Does upgrading make sense -- and is it even possible to upgrade a system like mine? Or should I just start over (keeping my 17" monitor) with a new system? Thanks! Your program on KTAR is great -- full of helpful info. Keep up the good work.

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This question was answered on September 22, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It would probably be better to see what you can get for your old system, and then transfer the monies received into a down payment on a new system There are several reasons, all of which could be lumped into one for the sake of brevity: an average person would be unable to pay a price for the upgrades you mentioned that would be less than computer manufacturers pay for them Upgrading to a PentiumIII would in itself be expensive, plus the cost of a motherboard, because there may be a compatibility problem between Pentium II and Pentium III slots Toss in the cost of 10gig hard drive, plus more memory....the cost of a new Gateway could be hard to beat, especially since you are keeping your old monitor.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on September 22, 1999