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Upgrading vs. Repairing: When Is It Time for a New Computer?

“When is it time for me to get a new PC?”

Like any of man’s many inventions, computers are not built to last forever. While the best ones can last for many years, the time inevitably comes when you have to replace them.

Sometimes, a replacement isn’t needed straight away. Depending on the part of the malfunctioning computer, the right upgrade may be required for a wholesome restoration.

So, how do you know when it’s time to repair your PC, as opposed to an upgrade?

Is your security status up to par?

One way to know whether your PC needs a total replacement or an upgrade is to assess the security status. Various software updates are released to your computer from time to time. These updates usually contain security patches that eliminate bugs and other vulnerabilities.

However, these updates aren’t always released to every device. If you’re running a very old PC model that isn’t compatible with the new software security updates, you may need to get a new PC to keep your security status up to par.

Is your computer running slowly?

The speed of a computer is primarily determined by its processor and, to some extent, the RAM. While the RAM is easily upgradeable, you cannot upgrade a PC’s processor without changing it.

A drive upgrade can boost performance if you have a decent processor. Here, you can get an SSD over the existing HDD. However, even the best SSD will not significantly improve performance if your processor is not very powerful. This is where you’ll have no choice but to get a new computer.

Is your hardware malfunctioning?

Most computers are built to last for years. However, there are plenty of spare hardware components that you can replace in case the current one goes bad.

Parts like the keyboard, cursor, and screen are some of the first components to go haywire. Sometimes, the fault stems from their respective drivers. Here, a simple upgrade can get things working normally. However, you may have to replace the physical hardware if the issue persists.

Still, there’s a limit to how much hardware you should ideally replace, and depending on the frequency of the hardware failure, a new computer may be in order.

Are your programs running efficiently on it?

You need sufficient RAM to run multiple programs and apps efficiently on your computer. You may choose to upgrade your RAM if your PC isn’t multitasking efficiently.

Other programs, such as games, need more than just a RAM upgrade. You need the right graphics card, which, like many hardware components, is upgradeable.

However, not every graphics card may be compatible with your device, and your gaming requirements may be higher than what is obtainable for your PC. Here, you have to get a new computer.

How old is your computer?

The choice to replace your computer depends on many factors. But, the age of the device is one of the most important. If you’ve used your device for as much as six years and you’re having issues with it, your best bet might be to replace it.

Get quality computers and repair services

Ultimately, your budget is the ultimate decider for whether you opt for an upgrade or a total replacement. Additionally, if your PC is too old, you may struggle to find compatible hardware components on the market.

Reach out to us today to diagnose your PC and see whether it needs a few upgrades or a total replacement.

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