As a computer enthusiast, I oftentimes look at price lists of different computer shops and check prices of the best computer parts especially the processor, video card, memory, motherboards and storage. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you who wants to just head out and buy that upgrade you’ve always wanted especially if you are into video games. However, you just find out that you don’t have the means to buy that part. Sometimes, you do have money and it is really tempting to buy that hardware so you just go to the shop and buy it. But then, impulse buying on computer parts will most likely have an effect on you and your computer. Let me share some of my experiences.
Buying computer parts on impulse usually entails money that you didn’t actually allot for that hardware. It’s an unplanned spending that could affect your important daily expenses and your savings. You may have enough after buying the parts but you may find yourself short on money when you need it especially for sudden and emergency expenses. It may not affect you though if you have a lot of money to spare but if you’re a responsible buyer and if you manage your money and expenses well, it’s always a good thing to think about it first.
Sometimes, you tend to buy a computer part that will only slightly increase your computer’s performance. Let’s say you have a video game running an average of 55 frames per second. It won’t really benefit you that much if you buy something that will net you 57 frames per second out of the blue. Those extra 2 frames per second aren’t really noticeable when you’re playing the video game. That part, the processor or a video card, could very well be expensive. It’s also possible that the very slight performance increase will not satisfy you and you’ll buy another one that is better. It would have saved you money if you didn’t buy the previous one right?
Computer parts prices are constantly fluctuating. Sometimes they go up and sometimes they go down. It depends on the market such as the supply and demand, new technologies, location, time of the year, economic situation and so on. If you buy on impulse and you find out that tomorrow it will be $10 cheaper, you’re in a fix. That $10 could buy you 2 or 3 meals.
If you look around the internet for computer hardware information, you’ll probably notice that new and better parts are released from time to time. What usually happens is that once that new part comes out, the prices of older parts tend to go down. After some time, much older parts reduce prices like crazy so that they can be sold easily.
Well, the most important question to ask first is, do you really need it? If what you’re doing is severely hampered because you have low PC specifications, then by all means buy hardware that will significantly boost performance. But do not buy outright. Study it first to make sure it will benefit you and if it will be worth the money. Study the market and be aware of upcoming technologies that may be released really soon. Waiting for that upgrade may net you more performance improvements and you’ll feel that you’ve invested properly on your hardware.
As for me, I’ve experienced regret in buying a computer part on impulse. Shelling out money then finding out you really don’t need it may make you feel bad. But again, that’s just me. You may feel differently. Always stay in control of your spending.