Should I Fix my PC or Buy a New One? Here’s How to Know
If the idea of purchasing and setting up a whole new computer system doesn’t fill you with excitement, then you’re probably already leaning towards fixing or enhancing the one you already own. Computer and digital device repair is an often overlooked option, especially since many perfectly serviceable units are now quite affordable. However, if you have budgetary limitations, it can be very easy to spend a significant amount of money on a new computer, when repairing the old unit may have delivered equally satisfactory results. So, how do you know if your computer can be easily and affordably repaired, or should be replaced? Here are a few factors to consider before you make a potentially big purchase.
When to repair: When you can’t afford a comparable system.
If your computing activities require significant memory – for graphic design, web design or heavy-duty gaming – the systems that will meet your needs will have a very high price tag. It may not be necessary to break the bank, however, on a brand-new computer that offers the same power as your previous one. Depending on the issue, having a computer repaired could cost hundreds of dollars less than an entirely new unit.
When to replace: When your computer can’t recognize the latest Operating Systems.
Every computer is limited in its capacity to update its Operating System, and if yours has reached its threshold, it could be time for a replacement. Having an outdated Operating System will not only leave you unable to access certain websites and programs, but will also make your computer vulnerable to viruses.
When to repair: When your computer performs well in all other respects.
If your otherwise well-performing computer has a single issue that needs to be addressed – cracked screen, system shutdown – a computer repair may be the simplest and most cost-effective solution.
When to replace: When your computer experienced performance problems from the beginning.
Repairing a computer that never functioned particularly well, or continues to have various issues even after being repaired, is only spending money ineffectually prolonging the inevitable decline.
When to repair: When you want to integrate specific components without paying for extras.
Consumer-grade computers have features included that you may not necessarily need or want – and the features that you do find important may not meet your performance expectations. When you have a computer repaired or modified, you can build a unit that suits your unique operating requirements.
When to replace: When the repairs cost as much – or more – than a new system.
If your computer is an older consumer-grade model within the $300 – $500 range, significant repairs may not be worth the money. Although computers don’t have an agreed-upon expiration date, many consumer-grade computers won’t typically perform well for much longer than five years. If you haven’t invested money beyond the purchase price of the unit (installed expensive software or had significant hardware upgrades, for example) then repairing an older computer that is approaching obsolescence could be a waste of money.
Before you replace, have a diagnostic performed.
Regardless of whether you choose to repair or replace, it’s a good idea to have your computer checked by a professional computer repair technician before you make your final decision. Not only will you know for sure what the core problem is, you can receive invaluable advice on how to best use and adapt your unit, as well as which computer models will be best for your needs.
Spyderware Tech offers PC and Mac repair services to the Spring Branch, Texas community.