When is it Time to Buy a New Computer Instead of Upgrade?

We get asked this question a lot and in this post, so we’ve laid out some general considerations to help you make your decision.

Cost

The first thing we take into consideration is the cost.  If your computer is older and the difference is minor, then buy a new one.  You will get the latest technology and even new computers are very reasonably priced.

If there is a significant savings in the cost to upgrade versus the cost to buy a new one, you should upgrade.

However, you should take a couple of other things into consideration.

Features

If upgraded, will your computer have the speed and features that you need?  Take into consideration things like a DVD burner, graphics speed and number of USB slots.

Does your old computer have everything you need when you look at these factors?  If it does, then an upgrade may be all you need.

Speed

Many times people think about buying a new computer because their old one is too slow.  The first thing you should do is check to see how much RAM or memory your computer has.

You can search online for instructions on how to check the amount of RAM your computer has.  The minimum you want to have is 1GB, with more being better.

Ideally, you should have 2-4GB of RAM to take maximum advantage of your computer.

Still don’t know?

We can take a look at it for you or you can speak with one of our technicians.  We will ask you some questions about what you use the computer for and what are the current issues.

Based on these answers, we can determine if the best thing to do would be to upgrade your computer or buy a new one.

Your computer may also just need to be cleaned.  Over time, programs that you install build up and leave ‘residue’ that may slow your computer down.  We can clean it up and get your computer back up to speed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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