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QOTW: Which PC parts did you upgrade in 2015?

by Parm Mann on 11 December 2015, 16:31

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There's been no shortage of activity in the PC hardware space over the past 12 months. Intel delivered its sixth-generation Core processor, codenamed Skylake, we've seen a smorgasbord of supporting Z170 platforms, AMD brought out the big guns with Radeon R9 Fury X and Radeon R9 Nano, while Nvidia upped the ante with GTX 980 Ti and Titan X.

A deluge of ammunition for hardened enthusiasts and there's been plenty to get excited about elsewhere, too. DDR4 memory has finally come of age, NVMe SSDs have raised the bar for storage, small-form-factor chassis have hit their stride, and PC monitor technology has really come on heaps and bounds.

Upgrade opportunities galore, but what really tickled your fancy? Our Question of the Week hopes to find out by asking: which PC parts did you upgrade in 2015?

Whether it was something as simple as an essential hard-disk replacement or something as fancy as a multi-GPU refresh, let us know what you chose to upgrade and, with hindsight, whether or not you deem your purchases worthwhile.

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Cooling system - Went custom-watercooled.
Motherboard and CPU - Went to Z77 and 3570K from an AMD setup.
Yes, very happy… but still crossing fingers for the competitions!!
Well, I started the year buy going from a first gen APU system with a Nvidia 650 to an i7 system with a 760, a substantial change you can imagine!

I then upgraded my 60GB OCZ Agility 3 to a 240GB Crucial MX100, which felt nicer to have more on the drive, the Agility 3 spent most of its life nearly full.

I upgraded my mouse from some generic-ish Zalman piece (which was very comfy and I still use at work) to a Logitech G600, which took some getting used but is now as comfy as my Zalman but more useful.

The next upgrade is not quite a PC upgrade. I bought a gen 8 Microserver and 2 2TB hard drives for it. Mass media storage and always on access is a great upgrade.

In total, I think I've spent about £600 this year on PC tech, and I don't regret a penny of it. I never rush a purchase and I buy second hand where possible so I very rarely see a better deal after the point.

So, I would say it's money VERY well spent.
Went from a GTX 960 to a 970, GTX 960 went into my media PC to replace the GTX 750ti, left with a 750ti which I then put back in with my 970 to run the second monitor… rubbish circulation I know…
love my Microserver running FreeNAS
MSI R9 390 to replace a 660ti

Acer Aspire V Nitro Black edition with skylake and GT960m to replace an old dell xps work laptop.