Tom heeft een stukje geschreven waarin hij een Pentium II 266 gaat upgraden en dan laat zien welke onderdelen (RAM, CPU, videokaart en hardeschijf) belangrijk zijn voor een upgrade en wat voor impact ze hebben op de performance van de computer:
The scene's a familiar one to anyone who owns a PC and uses it on a regular basis - two years after buying it; the computer is a lame duck. In the past, constant updates of Microsoft's operating systems and Office applications made hardware upgrades necessary. Times have changed however and 2D applications are no longer the driving force for new processors, as the following performance charts show. Today, 3D games are the most typical resource-eaters on the consumer market. In the professional segment, image processing, rendering, ray tracing and CAD constantly demand more processing power from a system.
[...] A carefully planned upgrade can be less expensive than buying a new complete PC system, however the additional organizational overhead is higher. If you can invest a little time and thought the one component really worth exchanging and upgrading is the processor. Upgrading from 266 MHz to 466 MHz for about $80 helped our PC run about twice as fast in most application areas. The average performance gain was about 30%. Pay great attention to the socket type, make sure the BIOS is up-to-date and ensure that the power supply voltage (for K6 devices) and possible multiplication factors are available on the main board. Investing in memory helps to improve things too because the system doesn't have to swap data to the hard disk so often. 128 MB is sufficient for most Windows 98 users. The current price for 64 MB memory is about $45, which is an acceptable price.
De beste upgrade is dus een nieuwe CPU plus RAM, voor $125 dollar ben je in het bezit van een aardig wat sneller systeem .