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The latest and greatest: Upgrade or replace? Part I: Hardware

Walt Crawford (Senior analyst in the Development Division of The Research Libraries Group, Inc.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 March 1991



How can you call yourself a serious computer user if you don't have a 33MHz 486 system with a 16″ 1024×768 Super VGA screen and 300MB disk drive? Run right out and get the new goodies—otherwise, you're wasting your precious time. The above is an extreme position. On the other hand, if you're still using the equivalent of an IBM PC/XT (or, worse yet, an original PC), you're at the other extreme. Quite apart from the hype, you would almost certainly benefit from a more powerful PC. For most of us in the real world who are spending real dollars for equipment to serve real needs, the decisions can be tough: upgrade, replace, or let it be? And, if upgrading is the answer, what should you upgrade? This column deals with hardware questions. While there are few firm rules, there are some reasonable guidelines to consider. The author also provides notes from January‐June 1991 PC literature; it's been a great period for powermongers!


Crawford, W. (1991), "The latest and greatest: Upgrade or replace? Part I: Hardware", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 97-119.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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