Gadgets: Pumping Up Your Old Pc

It's the computer industry's dirty little secret. Despite what those jitterbugging bunny-suit-clad folks in the Intel commercials would like you to believe, you don't need to purchase a $2,000 PC every few years to tap into the latest and greatest things a computer can do. For several hundred dollars, you can buy accessories that will make your aging PC look, sound, and act like a jazzy new model. "These days, computers--even old ones--are pretty darn fast," says Dean McCarron, a principal at Scottsdale (Ariz.)-based Mercury Research, which tests components for PC makers. "You just need to tweak the parts that need help."

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