What's the next upgrade you've got planned?

NOV 22, 2021

Have you got your eye on an Alder Lake CPU? A VR headset? A gaming mouse that looks like a Transformer got stuck halfway through transforming and now lives in agony? Maybe you're holding out for an affordable GPU, in which case you have our sympathies. Or maybe you're not planning to fork out for any fancy hardware, but instead you're thinking about making the leap to Windows 11—though you should probably hold off for a bit longer. At least until they bring back the blue screen of death.

What's the next upgrade you've got planned?

Here are our answers, plus some from our forum.

Phil Savage, Editor-in-Chief, UK: In 2020, I embarked on a series of upgrades that, over the course of a few months, grew into a full Ship of Theseus new build. The original plan was simply to replace my CPU—trading my aging Core-i5 for a Ryzen 7 3700X. That meant grabbing a new motherboard—an MSI MPG X570. And, oh hey, that's got an M2 SSD slot. Maybe I should grab a 970 EVO, too. This continued until all that remained was my graphics card. Then, earlier this year, stalking Discord servers with hardware alerts meant I was able to snag an RTX 3080Ti. Now I am done. All being well, it should be a good few years before I need to touch the inside of my PC again.

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