Monday, February 25, 2013

When Do You Replace Your Computer?

As portable devices have been gaining more and more computing power, the need for a desktop machine or a high-end laptop has been diminishing. Personally, I'm still a fan of the desktop and I like having a centralized location I can go to in order to do work, play games or surf the web. The question arises then: when should you replace a computer? The realistic answer to that is "when you can afford to". But, in a perfect world, where money is less of a concern, you should look at replacing your desktop every four years.

My HP Pavilion was 5 years old. It took quite a beating over those five years and served as a favorite sleeping perch for my cat. I knew things were starting to go wrong when I put a CD into its drive and it spun so fast that the disc shattered into pieces. This was a few weeks after I noticed the strange noises emitting from the tower whenever I  powered it on. My HP Pavilion essentially acted and sounded like an old man trying to get up off of the couch. It was slow, noisy and unreliable. When those conditions arise, you know it's time to replace your computer.

What Are The Warning Signs That A Computer Needs To Be Replaced

Keep in mind that there are few components in a computer that can't be replaced individually. I could have easily replaced my computer's hard drive, DVD drive and motherboard. Just because one component is failing doesn't mean that you have to replace the entire computer. So, here are a few good rules to think of when deciding if you need to replace your computer.

  • It No Longer Does What You Want. There comes a time in a computer's life when the latest software just won't run on it. If you find that you keep running into this issue when you try to installs software that you want, then it might be time to replace your computer. 
  • Multiple Hardware Issues. A lot of little things failing can add up to one big frustration. At that point, when the cost replace the individual components is more than the cost of a new computer, it's a sure sign that it's time to get a new computer

My Poor Old HP Pavilion. It Served Me Well. Time To Harvest The Hard Drive

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