Mine come from the design stage. Whenever I build a computer I spec it out and then order the parts. It is still a tad bit more expensive than a shelf bought PC but I don't have to mess with crapware or brand names.
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Computers are too cheap to bother upgrading today. It probably helps that I don't game. So I just buy what I want until it doesn't work for me anymore. The advantage to being behind the times so far is that my new $275 laptop (last year) is about the fastest machine I have ever owned and it didn't break the bank. In a few more years, a similar priced new machine will be worlds faster and my kids will have to deal with my cheap ways.
Worse than that, I used to have a hand-crafted PC at home, and all I ever used it for was to mail and surf. Then my daughter got a new laptop and gave me the old one, which has windows 7 and all kinds of stuff and it's all I need, and I can pick it up and use it all over the place.
Here at work, it's a different story. In the lab I have 3 machines and 5 screens (5 different screens, have to concentrate just to turn them all on) and no end of devices. If I need something bigger I say so and I get one. These machines zip like lightning. Apart from the targets, of course, which move like treacle. Up here in the office I have a nice zippy PC, and for heavy stuff I use the server, which compiles so fast you think it didn't do anything and start it again.
I have an old Compaq Presario which I bought five years ago for $400. A month or two ago, I spent $400 on a new system board, fans, power supply and memory for it: it's now effectively a different machine. The drives aren't original, either -- so now it still looks like an old piece of sh*t, but actually it's very, very fast -- sort of like my car...
The only parts in my current PC that haven't been upgraded (yet) are the CPU and motherboard (the original hard drive is still there as well, but it's been supplemented with a second drive, and soon a third in the form of a solid state cache drive). I've upgraded the RAM twice (and added cooling fans for it), added a video card (initially used integrated graphics), swapped the stock CPU fan for a liquid cooling system, upgraded the power supply, and even put it in a new case (and hopefully soon a third case, the current one is too small to make more upgrades, and I had to sacrifice my CD drive for the cooling system). I'll probably replace the CPU for the heck of it too eventually, there are still better CPUs available for the socket I have.
So I suppose you could say I "customise or upgrade" my computer. Just a little.
With my current system, the only thing that hasn't been upgraded in some way or form is the cabinet.
Graphic cards are in the no3 iteration. If I can recall correct, I originally build this system in 2000. I dread the day when I have to put down 10-15k dkr for my new system, yes I budgetted it. My car cost me 14k dkr.
That's another thing I'd like to upgrade (after I get a bigger case), get two cards instead of the one I have now (it's a great card, runs everything at max settings on 1080p, it just can't run games well at 2560x1440, but apparently even most new high end ones can't on their own).
But I understand your pain, my computer has more money in it than my last car was worth.
I draw the line at mobo/cpu swaps; ram/disks/gfx cards are just upgrades. The former two because they're just supporting components; the latter because as a gamer, it's the one part where an upgrade actually does make a huge performance difference. I'm currently on my 3rd/4th GPU for my LGA1366 based desktop (GTX 260, GTX 260x2, 5870, GTX 560) and working to convince myself that buying a 670 now when the rumor mill has AMD and nVidia's next gen cards starting to show up in the next 3 to 6 months isn't a good idea.
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Since then every desktop/server has been an upgrade..
Here is a pretty accurate list of the CPU upgrades.
1 x Intel 486 100 MHz
1 x AMD 586
1 x Intel Pentium 1 100Mhz
2 x Intel Pentium 1 133 Mhz
2 x Intel Pentium 1 233 Mhz
2 x Intel 300A clocked at 466 MHz
2 x Intel Pentium 2 600 Mhz ( not exactly sure of the frequency)
2 x Intel Pentium 2 850 Mhz
2 x AMD Athlon 1200
2 x AMD Athlon MP 2400
1 x AMD Athlon 2800+ (only used 2 weeks)
1 X AMD Opteron 240 Single core
2 X AMD Opteron 850 Single core
2 X AMD Opteron 285 Dual core
2 x AMD Opteron 250 Dual core
1 X Intel Q9550 4 core / 4 threads (2008)
1 x Intel i7 920 4 core / 8 threads (2010)
1 x Intel i7 970 6 core / 12 threads (2011)