Whether to upgrade or replace your computer is always a difficult decision. Sometimes, there’s an emotional attachment – maybe your old workhorse isn’t doing as much and you don’t want to put it out to pasture. Most often, though, it comes down to money. But there are a few other things to take into account before you make a decision one way or another.
The Mother of Invention
(Shoutout to anyone who just geeked on the Red vs. Blue reference.)
As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” When you’re looking into whether to upgrade your rig or replace it, keep in mind what you need over what you want. You might be tempted towards all the bells and whistles on a super-expensive gaming rig but unless you really need 4K visuals and an interior that would run hotter than the sixth level of hell (that’s the fiery one) without a liquid cooling unit, you’d be better off buying a more standard PC that’s suited for the essentials. Or, even less expensive, just buy a part or two to replace any internal working that’s giving you trouble. Having a solid understanding of what you need, how much money to spend, and on what you’ll be spending that money will ultimately be both time- and cost-effective and leave you feeling more satisfied with your purpose.
Viruses Are Contagious
If your computer is running slowly because of viruses or spyware, those can transfer over to a new computer. Whether you have your data moved over by a professional or you move your hard drive over, the viruses and the problems they cause will carry over as well, even if you don’t boot from that drive.
Always make sure your computer is virus- and spyware-free before making the switch to a new setup. It would be terrible if you ruined a new purchase with old problems (trust me, I’ve done it).
A Fresh Start
Sometimes, you don’t even need to physically repair or replace your computer. Sometimes, you just need to start from scratch. Microsoft has made it incredibly easy with Windows 10 to restore the operating system to factory settings, eliminating many problems while leaving your documents and other files where they are.
You can also keep your system backed up on an external hard drive, such as Apple’s Time Machine if you’re a Mac user. The downside to this is you might accidentally back up an inefficient system. The downside to Microsoft’s system restore is that you have to reinstall all your programs that didn’t come with the system itself, which can be tedious in the short-term but in the long-term will save you money.
Whether you replace your rig or repair it is entirely up to what you need, not necessarily what you want. If you buy a new computer because your old one seems to be running a little slow, you’ll probably regret that purchase – usually right around the time it becomes too late to change your mind (trust me, I’ve done that, too). So be diligent, be frugal, and for any and all computer-related questions, be sure to get in touch with Geeks To Go!