TPM 2.0 PUSHES HARDWARE DEMAND

The demand for TPM 2.0 with Windows 11 will create demand for more recent machines that support it. For the most part, PC gamers are well positioned for Windows 11 but a lot of less affluent cannot afford new motherboards, processors and RAM every year. Windows 10 will be supported until 2025 so there is no rush to do a new build. Still it’s advisable to look at new hardware and assemble a working budget to modernize.

COMPONENTCOST RANGE
Motherboard$100 and above
CPU$50 and above
RAM$100 and above, DDR5, $300 and above
Chassis$79 and above
PSU$79 and above
Video Card$300 and above

The cost of hardware can be burdensome for many. While many have enough cash to buy a new rig every year, most games simply buy incrementally. A major headwind of hardware shortages will only aggravate the problem.

The existing chassis can be recycled as can the existing PSU. This reduces the total cash outlay. Many have a quality Corsair PSU which can last for over 10 years.

The Athlon 3000G was a $50 processor with 2 cores and 4 threads. Better processors are much more expensive.

Motherboards vary widely in cost and with DDR5 coming up there is likely to be several revisions of them in the design paths. Full ATX motherboards have 9 screws to secure them so they tend to be very durable.

DDR4 RAM is now very affordable but DDR5 will be very expensive initially. Existing DDR4 machines will be viable for several more years with an available TPM header. Older DDR3 machines are now over 10 years old and should be retrofitted as soon as possible.

Video cards can be retrofitted as desired with available funds. The RTX 2080, for example, was new 3 years ago but new cards are expensive. Video cards are supported with drivers for Windows 10 and 11 fine.