News Factor: Upgrades are not fading away as PC prices plunge. According to a Consumer Electronics Association survey, one in five U.S. households expects to purchase a PC upgrade as a holiday gift.
With new computers costing as little as US$300, consumers would be wise to avoid overspending to upgrade older machines. Nevertheless, a myriad of sub-$100 options exist for increasing PC performance.
Traditional upgrades — boosting memory, adding a hard drive or CD burner, or upgrading the operating system — remain popular. In addition, users can attempt the risky but potentially rewarding installation of a new CPU (central processing unit) and motherboard, as well as simpler upgrades of video cards or cleanup applications. (full story)
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