Should you Upgrade or Replace your Computer?


As your computer ages, it’s more difficult to install new programs and operating system updates. It takes longer to open existing programs, and there might be limited storage space. The question becomes, should you upgrade your computer or replace it? Upgrading your computer can bring you more speed and storage space at a fraction of the cost of a new computer, but you don’t want to put new components in an old system if it’s not going to deliver the speed increase you want.

Below is a listing of different upgrade options:

  • Memory upgrade – Installing new or more RAM is one of the easiest upgrades you can make. If you’re having trouble opening new Internet browser tabs or if there’s a delay when you move around in large documents, you might need more memory.
  •  Storage Drive upgrade – If you’re having trouble opening large files and documents or if you’re getting messages that say you’re out of room when you try to save photos, music, or movies, you should look into upgrading your storage drive. If you currently have a hard drive, consider upgrading to a solid state drive. You can access your information much faster with an SSD, and because of the technology in how information is stored, solid state drives don’t have problems with data fragmentation like hard drives do.

Buying a new computer

If your current computer is more than eight years old, you might think about buying a new system. Another indication of needing to buy a new computer is that if the price of the components you need to replace is approaching the cost of a new computer, you might as well start over with a new computer. A new computer will almost certainly be more expensive than individual components, but it enables you to get everything you need in one package. Be sure to look for one that will last you several years and is upgradeable.

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