Fix It or Replace It?

December 13, 2008
One of the questions we here at Cyber Tek Computer Pros get asked the most is, "Should I fix my computer, or get a new one?" The answer is different for each person’s situation. Ultimately, this is something only you can decide. But we can help you decide.
The first thing we would like to point out is that if your computer seems slow, it might just need to be cleaned and tuned up. Our Deep Cleaning and Optimization Service an make a big difference in how well your computer runs. Some inexpensive upgrades can also make a big difference in the performance of your computer.
What version of Windows does your current computer have?
If your computer doesn’t have Windows XP or Windows Vista on it, then you should get a new computer. Mainly for security reasons. Don’t try to upgrade a computer from one version of Windows to another. Especially from XP to Vista. You may think you are saving money, but you won’t be happy with the performance.
If your computer is used for business purposes, then we recommend replacing it every 3-4 years. Why? Because the older a computer gets, the more likely it is to have problems. When a computer is used for your livelihood, that makes it more critical.
For home computers, the general rule of thumb is to replace your computer every 3-5 years. 3 years if you play a lot of games that require a lot of performance. 5 years if you just use the computer for e-mail, pictures, surfing the web, etc.
What types of things do you use your computer for?
If you only use your computer for e-mail and occasionally look something up on the web, then an older, slower computer may be fine. If you typically have a lot of things running at the same time, or if you play games on your computer, you will want to have a faster computer. When we refer to games, we don’t mean Solitaire. We mean the types of games with a lot of graphics.
Did your computer slow down over a long period of time, or did it suddenly get slower?
If your computer slowed down over time, a deep cleaning and optimization may bring it back to life, or it could be time for a memory upgrade. If it suddenly slowed down, then chances are, your computer may be infected with viruses, or spyware.
Unless your computer has suffered a motherboard failure, it’s almost always cheaper to fix your current computer than it is to get a new computer. And here’s something else to consider. If you do decide to get a new computer, there may be some hidden costs. Your printer may not work with the latest version of Windows, so you may need to get a new printer. You may need to get newer versions of the software you have. Software like security software, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), QuickBooks and Quicken, and so forth. In addition, if you want your data from your old computer transferred to your new computer, that’s an additional cost to have it transferred to your new computer.
If you need further help on determining if your computer is worth fixing or if you should get a new one; or if you want a quote on a new computer, please give us a call.

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