July 19, 2005
Dear CNET members,
When it comes to a silly upgrade, one comes to my mind: those cell phone internal antenna boosters that you stick under your phone's battery. While I don't know if it worked for others, it sure didn't do a darn thing for my reception. Another tech upgrade that I regret was overbuying RAM. Back when Windows 98 was hip, I went and spent a fortune on upgrading my RAM from 512MB to 1GB, only to discover that anything above 512MB for Windows 98 not only was useless, it caused problems! Anyway, enough about my past silly upgrade regrets, now it's your turn. What upgrades have you come to regret? What do you think is a silly upgrade vs. a smart one? Read Editor Rafe Needleman's article, "Silly upgrades," which discusses silly upgrades--and the smart alternatives to them. Make sure to check out what other members have posted as well. Tell us what's your idea of a silly upgrade and what is the smart alternative. TalkBack to us.
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When it comes to upgrading, bigger isn't always better. In his latest Works for Me column, Editor Rafe Needleman shares a few common upgrades he thinks are silly, and several of you chimed in with your own upgrade regrets.
Replace the motherboard
Instead of buying a whole new computer, CNET member libove suggests upgrading the motherboard on your current PC instead. As long as your machine's other components are still up to snuff, you'll get a big performance boost for a fraction of the price.
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Mod the Xbox
Many of you agreed that making modifications to the original Xbox was far from silly. CNET member piercedtiger shared this handy post full of resources and tips on how to successfully tune up the gaming console.
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Can't drive 55?
Why buy a high-performance car since you have to obey the speed limit? That's the discussion CNET member Tyrannosaur kicked off, though several of you posted opinions to the contrary.
Read Tyrannosaur's full post
Ever made an upgrade that you regret? Read "Silly upgrades" and share your experience with the rest of the CNET community!
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