Do You Need the Latest Computer Hardware?

Computer salesmen love to talk you into buying the latest computer hardware. Think before you leap! You do not have to get the latest PC hardware to have a fully functional computer. The average computer user, who only uses his PC for doing homework or surfing the Web, will find all the computing power that he needs in an average computer with a basic configuration.

Back when computers were a commodity, this PC myth held some truth. The computers that first came out were very inefficient and slow compared to the ones that we have now. During the olden days, purchasing and installing the latest computer components gave PCs a noticeable boost on speed and performance.

Nowadays, the difference between the newest PC components and their prior versions is imperceptible unless you perform benchmark tests or frequently run demanding software applications. Professional graphics designers, PC enthusiasts and hardcore PC gamers may indeed need the most recent computer hardware, but for the average user the latest breakthrough technology will not make a difference.

New PC hardware are all the more impractical to get due to their hefty price tags. A new release can cost several hundred dollars more than its previous version. It would be great if we all had the cash to splurge on these enticing products. As everyone knows, however, money is difficult to come by. If your computer runs your applications as fast as you need it to, you do not have to upgrade anything.

The next time you step inside a computer shop, do not let all the sales talk get into your head. Remember that you do not need all the hoots and whistles that come with the latest computer hardware. Stay wise, be practical and base your upgrades on computer components that fit your lifestyle!

Article was written by Jeffrey Frasco. Visit Computer Knowledge For You for information about PC Computer Hardware. Computer Knowledge For You also offers information about computer components, computer hardware tips, and a tutorial about how to build your own computer.