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