Should I upgrade this one or buy a new one?
My PC is only a few years old… how do I determine that?
We all have had to make this tough decision at one time or another. It’s easy to become attached to how comfy it is to navigate your PC. The thought of having to learn a newer operating system and perhaps not knowing where all your important data is can cause slight anxiety as well.
Let’s talk this through together, and hopefully give you insight on whether to upgrade your existing PC or make the jump to a newer device.
Is an upgrade really in order at all? Is something specifically broken? Or is your computer just running slowly? First you’ll need to first figure out what needs an upgrade, and it might be more than you expect. It could be few internal pieces that you’ll want to upgrade in conjunction with each other. The most common upgrades are RAM and switching from HDD to a faster SDD. This will improve both speed and performance of your PC.
However, if you are running a Windows XP or Vista pc from over a decade ago, upgrading anything would be a waste of time and resources. You’ll want to be mindful of the security for your system and know if this pc has truly reached its end of life. Some older operating systems lack patches and updates.Software patches normally fix bugs but they can also be released to address security vulnerabilities and inconsistencies in a piece of software. Skipping over these important updates can leave your computer, phone, or other device open to malware attacks that the patch is intended to prevent. Honestly, just because it will boot up, doesn’t mean you want to keep it. An exception would be if you keep this old PC because the legacy applications are necessary for your business to run smoothly.
Many questions can arise from trying to decide what is the best route to take when either upgrading or purchasing new hardware. We would be happy to come answer all your questions. Our goal is to help you make this transition as smooth as possible either way.