When Is It Time To Buy a New Computer?

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

This week, we had a few walk-in customers with really old laptops; one being eight years old!

I am a fan of new technology and I love having cool gadgets and  fast gaming machines, so upgrading for me seems to be a never-ending process. But from a customer's point of view, when is it a good time to upgrade?

There are a few factors to consider when making this decision:

1. What do you use the computer for?

If you use the computer for business and the speed of the computer is necessary for getting your job done, it may be an indicator that it is time to upgrade if it is too slow.

If you are using it for just surfing the web and checking email, it may not be worth getting an upgrade. 

2. Can it be upgraded at a resonable cost?

If the computer is not that old and you do not want to spend the money on a new one, you can always make some changes to the hardware. More Ram, a faster hard drive, and a better video card and three ways to speed up a system that are not too expensive and can give you the performance boost you need.

3. Operating system?

Which OS are you using? There are some that are known for being system hogs (yes, Vista, I am looking at you) and others that while they may not have all the fancy gizmos, work faster.

In addition, when was the last time that you reinstalled your OS or did a clean up of the programs that aren't used often? 

One last OS thing I always look at is the start up menu.  What programs auto-start when you boot up your computer - do you need them all?

For me, it comes down to this, do you want to invest the time and money into an older computer? If the answer is no then it's time for a new toy!

Have a great weekend!