Computer technology progresses so quickly that your computer will most likely become obsolete before it breaks down. Hardware problems such as a failed hard drive or power source can be fixed simply by buying a new part, which is almost always cheaper than buying a new computer. Protecting your digital content is a requirement. Software problems can be restored by a clean wipe and restoration, which is free although time-consuming.
What this means is that the signs you need to replace your computer aren’t breakdowns necessarily. They’re signs of obsolescence. Here are some common ones. If only one of these is happening, you may be able to solve the problem by upgrading a piece of hardware such as a graphics card or hard drive. With more than one showing its ugly head, perhaps it’s time to replace your old machine.
Your Computer Does Not Do What You Want
This problem arises mostly for high-end users, which for personal uses most commonly means game play, although something similar could happen if you use your computer for graphic arts, music, or film making. More advanced graphic programs require more memory, more advanced graphic cards, and more processing power. If your computer won’t do what you want, look into getting a new one.
Your Hard Drive is Full
Newer computers come with bigger hard drives. In the 1980s, hard drive capacity was measured in kilobytes. Nowadays, it’s gigabytes, and they’re getting bigger all the time. A bigger hard drive means more programs, and also more storage for things like high-density graphics and movies.
A new hard drive can cost about half as much as a new computer, so again, if this is your only problem it might make more sense to replace one piece of hardware. If you are seeing this at the same time as something else, perhaps it’s time to consider a full upgrade. Always be sure to backup your data to a DVD or external HD for easy transferring later.
Your Needs Have Changed
Do you even want a desktop computer anymore? Would It make more sense to have something portable, such as a laptop, a tablet, or even a smart phone? It all depends on what your circumstances are. A desktop computer usually has a bigger screen and its applications therefore look cooler. On the other hand, you can’t take it with you.
If you’re doing most of your computing somewhere other than your desk at home, then you might want to consider replacing your old PC with something more portable.
Multiple Hardware Breakdowns (Small Stuff)
Obsolescence is more common than breakdowns, but breakdowns do happen. I’m not talking about a hard drive or power source, but about the little things that most of us don’t bother to fix, like a non-essential port that doesn’t work, or a DVD drive that makes annoying noises. These can add up in the aggravation column of life. Combined with one of the symptoms above, it probably means it’s time.
Before deciding on purchasing a fresh computer, it is a wise idea to do a bit of soul-searching and take a hard look as to why you are dissatisfied with your present PC. You can also do a people search for any tech professionals in your area and find out the best PC specs available that will suit your needs.