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Repair, replace or renew.  What’s best for you?

Well, the computer is getting a few years on it and it just isn’t keeping up with everything it is asked of it lately. What do you do?   You can run to your favorite computer store or website and plunk down your hard earned cash and fix the problem that way, or you can stand back, look at the big picture and make an informed decision that hopefully you won’t regret later.



The repair is pretty easy to determine and it all comes down to cost of repair versus value. When I had my retail store we always advised, "If the cost of a repair is equal or more than 50% of the current street value of the computer, then it’s probably not a wise decision to put the money into it.”

There are always exceptions. If there is some sort of sentimental value or circumstances that makes that computer more valuable to you, then yes, do the repair and you are done. For example, I have seen multiple times when a client has an older computer.  If he were to replace it he would also have to replace the application software, because his older version would not operate on today’s operating system. He wanted to keep the familiarity of his older programs on his older computer and he had other computers to surf the web and do all the other high-powered things so it was a no brainer.


Also sometimes the problem is only software related and there are no costs for parts so it may be more affordable. 


To renew or not to renew… That is the question.

Renewing or "upgrading” as some may say can get very pricey, so you have to look at the cost of the upgrade versus the replacement cost.

 To start, you need to ask yourself some basic questions.

1.  Why do I want to upgrade?  Or what doesn’t this machine do that I wish it did?

2.  What is my budget for an upgrade?

3.  Can I do it myself to save money?


Why do I want to upgrade? There could be many reasons. You may have a specific requirement pertaining to a piece of software that does not run properly. So, lets say that you just bought that new game and installed it and it does not run as smoothly as expected. So now what do you do? Well, the software manufacturer will list "minimum system requirements” and also "recommended system requirements”. Although they sound similar, they can be very different. I lean more in the direction of the recommended requirements because in most cases things will run smoother and closer to what you expected.

Now that you have the list of what you need, compare it to what you have. If you do not know what you have for hardware, there is a very good and free program that you can download and install. It is called Bellarc Advisor  It will tell you exactly what you have for a configuration. Compare what you have to what you need and now you have a list of what needs to be changed.

Sometimes, a reason for an upgrade is that your hard drive is full and needs more storage space.

 If your computer is still slow after trying all of the software clean up and optimization tricks you can think of (this link will help with Mac),   and this link will help with a PC,   and it still runs slow, you may need more memory, new hard drive and even possibly a new processor.

 Before trying to change the processor make sure your mainboard can support the new one. Just because it fits, doesn’t mean it will always work. Bellarc advisor will tell you what you have for a motherboard and then go to the manufacturers website and see what maximum processor can be installed.

The new solid state hard drives (SSD) are also a good performance boost since the read and write throughput is so much faster than the mechanical ones we have had for years. I have seen start up times reduced by 50% or more just by replacing the hard drive for a SSD.


Sometimes you may want to upgrade but you prefer the operating system you have.  If you were to buy a new computer you would be required to have a new O.S. For example, Windows 8 was not well received in the business community. Windows 7 was a stable environment; it worked well and also was very familiar in your company. It made good sense to upgrade the existing computers rather than having to buy new computers with new operating systems and teach the company a new operating system.

I would NOT recommend investing any money in a computer that is using Windows XP or older. Since there are no more updates available for those platforms it is a big security risk to be using those older operating systems.


Remember, when upgrading you are getting exactly what YOU want. You are not settling for a pre made package that someone decided for you.


In a nutshell, you need to justify spending money on the older computer. Hopefully the cost will be less than a comparable new one.

The replacement.

 If a repair was not the solution and an upgrade was not a practical option, it looks like you will be getting a new computer. Here are a few guidelines to make that a little easier.


Apple or Windows based?

 If you are looking for a system that is less likely to get infections (viruses, malware and spyware) then you should look at the Apple. Yes, they are pricier out of the box, however the long-term cost of ownership is usually less due to the lack of maintenance required. If you are a current Mac user and are upgrading make sure your application software will work on the current version operating system OS 10.10, or you will be replacing that too! What about a PC?

What are your needs

First look at the application software that you will be frequently using, find the most demanding one and tailor your new computer to run that well. If you do that, all applications will run well too. If you are a photographer, graphics designer, musician, or a compilation of all. You NEED storage!

When comparing systems make sure you get enough storage space. It is much easier (and cheaper) to add it now than later.


What O.S. are you?

Most new Windows machines come standard with Windows 8. Many people do not like it because it is very different from what they are used to. Try it out before you buy it. Make sure it is something you can be comfortable with. If it is not to your liking, there are still computers being sold with Windows 7, a very good and reliable operating system.


In summary, the best advice I can give you is do your homework, don’t be impulsive and get exactly what you want.


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