Upgrade or Replace an Aging Computer
You are starting to notice your computer slow down, how do you decide if it is time to upgrade what you have or replace it with a new computer? The average lifespan of a computer is around 4-5 years. While some computers do last longer, you are at a higher risk for an issue with the hardware, especially the hard drive. This can also be affected by the quality of your purchase to start and the demands of the software you are running on your computer.
Which is best?
There is no easy yes or no answer about which is the best option. One important thing to consider is the ability to upgrade your computer. Some computers feature all-in-one parts that make an upgrade complicated if not impossible to complete. For computers where components like the memory, hard drive and video cards are easily accessed, the next thing to consider is the cost of the replacement part compared to the new computer. If the cost of the upgrade exceeds half the cost of the new computer, the new computer may be the better option.
Upgrading your computer
TelnetPC is making it easy for you to find out what upgrades you would need by allowing you to bring in your computer for a diagnostics screening. We will be able to provide you with information about the components such as processor, memory and how much of an upgrade your computer would support. We can then help to identify the cost to complete those upgrades and if they are a sound option.
Some upgrades, especially on laptops, mean it’s going to be better to buy a new computer. A new processor is one upgrade that likely will require finding a more expensive component to replace with it for compatibility purposes.
If you are working with a computer that is nearing or exceeding that 4 year life expectancy window, it is recommended to replace the hard drive when you are upgrading. A new hard drive can provide you with more storage than a person can hardly use in a lifetime. With a new drive your software and files will need to be reinstalled and transferred.
Depending on how the diagnostics on your computer look, an upgrade can be pretty reasonable for a nice upgrade. Remember though, just like an aging car, even though you replace some parts you could see yourself with additional repairs or component failures down the road.
Getting a new computer
The cost of new computer can vary depending on your needs. If you are doing basic computer tasks like surfing the web and email, a basic computer can be purchased for around $300. This certainly is not a high performance machine, but it will get the job done. A good starting point for people on budget looking for a computer that offers better performance and some ability to upgrade, consider spending $400 or more on your computer.
Beyond the hardware performance, there is another benefit to purchasing a new computer. New computers come with the latest operating system, a warranty, and should last for the next 4 years or more without many issues.
If you do decide that getting a new computer is the right option for you, you have options of what to do with your old one. If you are going to dispose of it, you will want to ensure your information is wiped clean to prevent identity theft. You can also turn that older machine into a second computer or donate it to someone who needs a basic computer.
Stop into TelnetPC today with the computer you are looking to upgrade and let our experts perform a free diagnostic scan. If you decide to upgrade your machine we can help you get the right parts and complete those upgrades. If you decide to replace your machine we have a great selection that will meet your needs and can help ensure you get the right machine for what you do.