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Upgrade sage: build from sources?

I'm using an older version of Sage (4.5.3) in Ubuntu 10.04. I like it, but I'd like to upgrade to a more recent version. From the command prompt, calling

$ sage -upgrade

throws a scary warning at me:

 ** WARNING: This is a source-based upgrade, which could take hours,
 ** fail, and render your Sage install useless!! This is a binary
 ** install, so upgrading in place is *not* recommended unless you are
 ** an expert.  Please consider installing a new binary from
 ** instead.

Question: Is there really a significant advantage to building the binaries from source?

I am running a Sony Vaio laptop on 4 2.13 GHz Intel cores. (I can specify more stats if it helps somebody to give me good advice.)