Upgrade or Replace ?

When it’s time to do something about your five year old computer, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Should I spend money on this, or just replace it?

A five year old computer has provided quite a bit of enjoyment and productivity. The components are wearing out and most likely it would take a few hundred dollars to bring it back to life. It might not last long after that due to wear and tear on the motherboard and components. However it’s the only way to keep an older version of Windows going. If you are really stuck on something other than Windows 10, this is your only option.

Replacing the computer would give you access to a newer processor, which could be much faster. Memory is faster. Hard drives are faster. Upgraded wireless adapters make connections quick. It would come with Windows 10 and continue to get updates as often as they are released. You might need to update your old software to be compatible. This will add to the bottom line cost of the new device.

The last thing to keep in mind when replacing a computer … is the cost. Yes, you can get a $250 computer. It will be the bottom of the line with a slow processor and limited features. If you put a few more bucks into the device, you’ll get something that will run better, last longer, and provide more functionality over the years. Just remember the saying … you get what you pay for.

As a recommendation … I prefer Intel processors. The i3, i5, and i7 are the good, better, and best of the chips available today. The more RAM, the better. Don’t go for excessive hard drive storage space. Go for solid state, which is smaller, but faster and more reliable. The speed of the device will make you smile.

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