When we talk about computers, future-proofing is a common term used and this refers to making your computers ready to adapt to whatever new developments will happen years after years down the road.
If you plan to buy a new computer or building a new one then you want to know that it is upto date and will be outdated soon, correct?
Now try to ask yourself, is it worth all the time and money to future proof your pc? Think about the rapid change and the never ending upgrades in this techy world, can a pc be really made to future proof? How about just buying a new one whenever it gets old and wears out?
1. Not Everyone Needs Future-Proofing
The common understanding of future – proofing is that a computer that you purchased now will still be able to run programs as efficiently and smoothly – yet still compatible with new tech upgrades – years after years and not needing any replacements or upgrades.
Take note that this is open to many kinds of interpretation.
First, about the different programs you run. A computer will simply be future-proof if what you do is just browse the we, check out some videos and the usual – work on Microsfot office. But, a computer might have problems running new games at the best possible resolution for it’s graphic settings or multiple operating systems simultaneously.
Next, “new technologies” has been and truly a vague term. If your computer ships with support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac or USB3.1, which is considered the best for now, then you can just be left out of the tech loop if almost everyone ends up using 802.11ah as default or the most promising USB type-C. It is just so impossible to predict what will be the standards are in the months or years to come.
To cut the story short, it is unnecessary to future-proof if…
You’re doing fine while playing games at sub-optimal settings
You use your computer most of the time for email, movies, office work and web browsing.
You simply don’t mind about having the “greatest and the latest”.
2. Most Warranties Can’t Keep Up
If you spend so much for the latest upgrades, then be reminded that mostly future-proof pc’s are more likely to last for 4 years or more. These period is longer that what your warranties usually cover which is commonly a maximum of three years.
Processors, graphic cards and motherboards are the three most expensive parts of a PC. Yet, Nvidia, Intel and AMD and their major partners are only offering a 3-yer warranty.
Power Supply Unit (PSU) is usually the major expenditure. It depends on the model but there are some that offers upto 7years of warranty – but mostly for top of the line PSUs
It is just so funny that those pc parts which can easily upgrade and the most affordable are the ones which are covered for a longer period of time in terms of it’s warranties. For example, the RAM and Hard drive – it is covered for about 3-5 years by most pc shops but these parts becomes obsolete so fast and they are not even the prime components for pc future-proofing.
3. Technology Has Mostly Peaked
Processor technology has reached its peak in some ways. Unless you;re setting up virtual machines or running a server, then you don’t really need that extra horsepower.
Intel processors were compared to Techspot for over eight years and they found out that, with a four year difference, the new upgraded processor was only about 17% faster on average when comparing gaming performance, 25% faster in 7-Zip and 32% faster in Excel.
This is most similar in the RAM department. The baseline for RAM is 4GB and significant improvements is visible with 8 GB RAM – however between 8GB and 16 GB, you won’t find a significant improvement when talking about the real-world performance. Again, the only exception is when you’re running virtual machines.
If we base it with the current trend, manufacturers are making the latest technology more power-efficient so that batteries for laptops will last longer and PCs can draw lesser power energy.
4. Future-Proofing Doesn’t Always Work
Most users who experienced future-proofing would agree that future-Proofing Doesn’t Always Work.
For instance, gamers confess that most new games don’t run the same way as they did initially. While the experience is still good enough but it is no longer at it’s best settings. It is suggested that you only future-proof if you’re willing to take the risk of losing warranties and overclock your pc.
Most often, graphic cards are upgraded. For gamers, graphic cards don’t last for four years since most gamers always wanted to have the state-of-the-art visuals. It is also a fact that it depreciates fast so it is recommended to upgrade periodically rather than future-proofing.
5. Future-Proofing Is Cost-Inefficient
Most computers are running slow because of an old hardware. If you don’t want to experience a slow pc for years then buying a new pc with top-of-the-line specifications is best.
Like what we mentioned about the graphic cards, periodic upgrade is better. So it is much better to buy a system that meets your needs rather than buying a pc beyond your needs. It will surely save you money.
Future Proofing vs. Rolling Upgrade
So are you ready to battle it out? Are you for the future-proof or rolling upgrade? Let us know in your comments!