When should you buy a new computer? When you want to of course. Seriously though, a lot of people struggle with when they should start thinking about buying a new computer. I’ve heard all types of reasons from people for why they are wanting a new computer.Some reasons are good and some aren’t so much.
The first thing to decide is are you thinking about a new computer because you really think you need one? Or are you just looking for a good reason to make it OK? It’s easy to come up with reasons to justify a new computer. Unfortunately most of them aren’t really true but they still work because we really want them to.
How Old Is Your Computer
The first question is how old is your current computer? The average life expectancy of a computer these days is about 3 to 5 years. Whether that number is because of how poorly some people take care of their computer or just when they decide they want a new one it really can’t be said. The hardware itself lasts longer than that most of the time. In fact I have a number of computers here that have far exceeded the 5 year age and are still going strong.
The key factors in a computer needing to be replaced due to age are speed in running modern software and physical condition. In most cases unless you use heavy rendering programs like AutoCad and intensive graphics software computers are capable of running the average software for a very long time. Many of the 6+ year old computers run modern browsers and office programs for every day use with no problems.
What Physical Condition Is Your Computer In
What shape is your computer in? Laptop computers tend to not fair so well over time with a lot of people. They end up with missing keys, cracked screens, or pieces of their case cracked and broken off. These might be valid reasons to purchase a new computer. Especially if you use your laptop as a mobile computer. Don’t risk being stranded somewhere with a computer that has finally decided to not work anymore.
Laptops do have the ability to use USB keyboards and mice. Most have a VGA port so an external monitor can be used. This allows you to sit that poor laptop on a desk and retire its mobile years and still have a useful computer for likely several more years. As long as a computer is capable or running Windows 7 then there is no reason for an actual replacement beyond an extremely poor physical condition.
Would Upgrading Your Computer Work Instead
This is where the subject starts to get a bit complicated. Putting money into an old computer is always something that should be thought about first. Some key things to consider are
- Age of Computer
- Cost of Upgrading Versus New
- Does the Upgrade Solve Your Problem
If the answer about the age of the computer is REALLY old then it is doubtful that a new hard drive is going to make you all that much happier with your computer. If your computer is in the “Any Day Now” category as to whether it is going to turn on or not then upgrading of any kind is probably not very economical.
Is upgrading your computer going to both make you happy and save you a lot of money over buying a new computer? New computers in the mid economy range are usually between $400 and $600. If upgrading your current old computer is going to cost you at least 50% of that then perhaps a new computer might be the better way to go.
What Are You Really Looking For
The real question comes down to whether you are looking for a good reason to go ahead and buy a new computer or whether you are just wanting a computer that will do the jobs that you want it to. If you are just looking for a good reason to get a new computer there are thousands of them. Pick on and start shopping.
If you just want to get your computer to the point it will do what you want it to do without giving you all of the problems it has been then there are definitely more inexpensive and disruptive was to do. Most of the time a computer is slow because of malware, adware and other things slowing it down and actually has nothing to do with its age or abilities.
Contrary to popular belief thank to the big stores like Best Buy, you don’t have to spend over $300 to get your computer back to where it should be. You can get your computer cleaned and running like a champ for a fraction of that cost. Experienced computer technicians like the ones at PC Helper 123 do it every day.
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