Buy or Repair: Two Simple Rules

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As a computer technician and IT guy, I often get asked, “Should I repair (or upgrade) my computer or just get a new one?” Sometimes, it’s obvious that the person is itching to buy something shiny and new. Other times they’re trying to hold on to what they have for as long as possible.

Here are two rules of thumb that I offer up to clients:

1) Buy a new computer if it’s older than six years. High-quality computer will last you six good years before you’ll need a replacement. Just don’t buy the cheapest option out there. If your computer is younger, it can be upgraded and last up to five more years if it is a laptop and up to six years more if it is a desktop PC – all depending on how much you upgrade.

At minimum you’ll spend $300 – 500 in upgrades to ensure your computer lasts six more years. The cost rises if you want even more performance. Simple upgrades may include memory (RAM), hard disk drive (or Solid State Drive), operating system and software. Upgrades are often a more cost-effective solution than investing in an entirely new computer.

2) If your computer does not have a dual-core processor, then buy a new computer. A processor is the heart of your computer and dual-core will give you more processing power compared to a single-core. It leads to faster speed and overall performance. How do you know which you have? It’s simple:
• Click the Start button
• In the box “Search programs and files” type CMD and press enter
• In the command prompt window type “WMIC CPU Get /Format:List” and press enter
• Find “NumberOfCores” this will tell you how many cores your processor has.

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If your computer is not working – or eventually gets to that point – give me a call. We can quickly rule out its age and processor type if that’s not the case, and I will give your PC a thorough check and estimate on repair costs. I can even give you some personal guidance on the best PC to purchase for your needs if you go that route. You may have a computer now that doesn’t really fit your needs. If you stop and ask yourself what you use the computer for and what you plan on using it for in the next few years most of the time you can come to a simple conclusion.

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