This is probably a question that you have asked before, unless you are new to the world of computers. You might feel compelled to throw your computer out and get a new one, but you’ll still be wondering if the problem is worth fixing. This article will help you choose which path to take to get your computer up and running again so that you can do your job or have fun.
You might think that I am a computer technician and that you should repair your computer instead of buying a new one. But that’s not the case. There are many reasons to repair your computer. But there are also plenty of reasons you should buy a new one.
Although consumer computers cost less than new cars, it may be helpful for those who have to make a decision about whether to repair an older car or buy a newer one to consider the process. You should create two columns, and in each column write the reason for buying or fixing.
This will help you come to a rational and reasonable conclusion. Remember that even if you have the exact same issue and a similar PC model, your decision does not necessarily make it better for you. There is no right or wrong answer. Only the best solution for you. Although this article can assist you in your decision-making process, it is not the best way to decide. Do not trust people who claim to know the answer.
Let’s take a look at the reasons you should repair your computer.
* Budget – While the additional expense may be worth it, buying new computers is a lot more expensive than replacing your old one. Fixing most problems is a good option if you have a tight budget.
* Data – The second reason is related with the budget item. Regardless of which route you choose, your photos, documents, music and other important information can be kept. It’s easier to keep your computer, as you won’t have to pay anyone to transfer the information to a new one. While many people can do this easily, not all can. If your computer won’t start up Windows, and you need to extract the data from it, you will have to pay someone to do this.
* Applications – You will need to reinstall your applications if you have a new computer. Some, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or iTunes, can be downloaded. Microsoft Office and other paid-for products, like iTunes, can be downloaded. These media must be used together with the product key. I have found that people, both organized and not, have a tendency lose their application CDs over time, especially if they have owned the computer for a long period of time. Make sure to have an extra disc for each application before you buy a new computer. If you have your computer repaired, you may be able avoid this step and keep all your applications the same. It is important to note that if you are attempting to fix your computer by reinstalling Windows, all your applications will need to be installed on a brand new Windows installation.
* Upgrades – If you are having problems with your computer or it is slowing down, you can upgrade RAM, video card or the USB 3.0 card for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.
* Windows 8 – Have any of you seen Windows 8? Windows 8.1 will be installed on any new computer that you buy. This is important, because despite all the pros and cons (and I don’t want to engage in those questions here), many people find it difficult to use. It also marks a departure from Windows 7 and older versions. You will probably get used it just like any other thing. But if you don’t find it intuitive, why purchase a machine with it? If you purchase a copy of Windows 7 online, it can be installed on new computers by qualified technicians. However, this time you will pay more for a computer and a genuine copy of Windows 7. Plus the cost of a technician to install Windows 7 onto the computer.
* “Right fit” – It is more attractive to buy something new than to keep or repair something you already own. If none of these reasons appeal to you, consider this: If you were satisfied with your computer before it had to be repaired, then it is likely that this computer is the right fit for you. You don’t need another computer when you can spend less and keep the one that suits you.
Let’s now look at the top reasons to have your computer replaced rather than fixed.
* Age – While there is no age when retirement and replacement are effective, most people recognize it. If your computer is slow, even if it’s in top condition, this could be a sign that you should visit a computer shop.
* Old Accessories – If your computer has an old floppy drive installed by the factory or a CD with no DVD drive, you may want to consider a new computer. Many people desire fast peripherals via a USB 3.0 port. You can install a card on a desktop. If not, it’s no reason to throw away the old computer. However, if you want to keep score, I’d mark it in my buy column.
* Major Hardware Damage – If you spilled a coke or similar in your computer’s motherboard, I wouldn’t invest in a repair.
* The Laugh Factor – Although I don’t laugh at my customers, I have laughed at machines that are brought in. Why? It is old, dusty, cigarette smokey, and slow. I am actually being paid to fix it. This is not something to be ashamed of if it’s your computer. However, if you aren’t sure, then this article will help you decide. You can either decide to not fix it, or keep them for a while, but make sure the inside is clean and well maintained. It’s not just bad for your computer’s appearance, but it can also cause overheating and even death.