Most significant upgrade you ever made ?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by reaper7534!, May 12, 2019.

  1. mnewxcv

    mnewxcv [H]ardness Supreme

    Mar 4, 2007
    Cool thread. For me one that sticks out is the first part I ever bought. I had an HP with an Athlon xp 2800+ and integrated GeForce 4 mx graphics or whatever it was, and upgraded to a GeForce 4 ti4400. That was nuts, since I thought the games were just supposed to be running at 10fps before that.
  2. Sardaan

    Sardaan Limp Gawd

    Oct 13, 2004
  3. pandora's box

    pandora's box [H]ardness Supreme

    Sep 7, 2004
    Pentium 1 66mhz to a amd thunderbird 1ghz processor.

    And on the graphics front: GeForce 2 gts to a Radeon 9700 pro
  4. Archaea

    Archaea [H]ardForum Junkie

    Oct 19, 2004
    Upgraded RAM from 384KB to 640KB on my Tandy 1000 for $65 which allowed my floppy disk DOS OS based games to transition from four colors, to I suppose, 8 bit color? It was amazing!!! Truly to see color games on a monitor back then.

    Then when I bought my first 3D card, an S3 Virge which only benefited Descent as far as I knew at the time but made me realize just how much a graphics card mattered.

    Then a Creative LABS AWE64 sound card with Wavetable which made the crappy MIDI back then sound like real instruments in a few compatible games! (This was before CD-Roms were a thing and you didn’t have redbook udio nor anything prerecorded - game sounds we’re all beeps and tones before this).

    Then my first Voodoo card. An Orchid Righteous 3d. Quake was AMAZING!

    Then a s2000 video card with UTC3 compressed textures that made Unreal Tournament look like it was a game from 10 years in the future! AMAZING!

    Nothing so grandeur since...though I’ve never stopped gaming and always kept near the top tier with gaming hardware.


    Gsync or Freesync
    Eyefinity or NVsurround

    All more incremental than the good old days of vast jumps.
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  5. Chaddyboy

    Chaddyboy n00b

    Feb 13, 2013
    I finally bought components to make a real gaming rig - my first $1k+ build on just the tower and internal components. :)

    Feels good from the integrated GFX 'gaming' PC I used to have, haha.
  6. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

    Jan 28, 2014
    1. Single FX 5900 XT -> SLI 8800GTX
    2. Onboard sound (can't remember what chip) with boombox stereo hooked up -> Sound Blaster Audigy with 5.1 speakers
    3. Western Digital Black 7200 RPM SATA 6gb/s HDD-> Samsung 850 Pro SATA 6gb/s SSD
    4. Intel Celeron 600 MHz -> AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.67 GHz
    5. ASUS VG278HE (fixed 144 Hz) -> ASUS PG278Q (G-Sync 144 Hz)
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  7. Rifter0876

    Rifter0876 [H]Lite

    Nov 1, 2017
    Pentium 166mmx to AMD k6-2 450mhz
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  8. amittalkin

    amittalkin n00b

    Jun 19, 2015
    from my AMD 64 3200+ to C2D E8400.
    HD4890 to HD5970
  9. hititnquitit

    hititnquitit Limp Gawd

    Apr 16, 2018
    the usual this cpu to that badass one and this hdd to that ssd. Im old and honestly cant remember the specifics. The one i can remember like it was yesterday is going from sorry 2.1 generic speakers to klipsch pro media 5.1s while playing mohaa etc...the hairs on the back of my neck stood straight up the first time i heard footsteps coming from behind me!
    Funny how memory works. I still have those speakers packed away somewhere with a dead sub sadly. One day i may actually remember to send them off for repairs.
  10. DanNeely

    DanNeely 2[H]4U

    Aug 26, 2005
    Wow upgrades were:

    TRS-80 color computer to 486SX-25

    Athlon-1400 to Athlon 3800 x2 (dual cores!)

    Spinning rust to SSD in my i7-930.

    The K6-300 I had after the 486 was a nice upgrade; but honestly Win98's bloat vs DOS ate most of the difference. 2 cores to 4 wasn't noticeable most of the time. Ditto for when I upgraded to a 4790k, the faster cores help in gaming but in day to day usage nothing changed. Both upgrades were driven more by the age the system and reliability concerns (the nForce4 boards the ahtlon X2's were in were garbage that kept failing after a few years and replacements were getting hard to find; the 930's retirement was largely driven by risk aversion after its sister 920 box failed).

    While I'd probably reach the point in a few years where only 4 cores will be starting to hold me back in gaming; outside of those titles I don't anticipate any major noticeable impacts from upgrading to an 8 or more core system; and will probably be making the upgrade before I'm game bottlenecked anyway because I don't want to be building a box on zero notice because my old one just dropped dead.
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  11. Deadjasper

    Deadjasper [H]ard|Gawd

    Oct 28, 2001
  12. Odigo

    Odigo Gawd

    Apr 22, 2002
    Back in the day I went from a standard spin drive to dual 10k raptors in a raid-0 configuration. I was blown away by the speed.
  13. daphatgrant

    daphatgrant Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 15, 2003
    I did a lot of incremental upgrades along the way but the 2 biggest so far were.

    1. PowerMac 7500/100 to P3-450
    2. C2D-E8400 to i7-2600K

    Next jump should be pretty big as I'm still on a 2600K.