Well, it is going to depend on who you are asking! A salesperson in a department store will almost always recommend a new computer. However, when you get down to the real nitty gritty with a trained computer technician, you will often find there are more (and much cheaper) options than you may have thought, like an upgrade.
You can start by taking stock of what you currently have. Sometimes an upgrade is just not worth the trouble and that will be painfully obvious. As an example, if a car is thirty years old and is sucking down a constant supply of special fuel while you watch the road whiz by through the holes in the floor…it may be time to replace the old rust bucket. But, if that car is a recent model and somewhat modern, and in reasonably good shape but happens to stall at the occasional stop light, a few quick fixes can be just what the doctor, or mechanic in this case, ordered.
Now, if your computer does need to be replaced, chance is that you already know this. However if you are not sure, and some days it could go one way or the other, the following information will help. In this post we have put together a walk through of the most common upgrades and the impact they will have on your computer:
Video Card Upgrade:
It might not be the computer that is getting old, but your video card. Games are getting more demanding and the days of stick figure animation is gone and replaced by more lifelike 3D as the new normal. With this improved user experience comes a gigantic strain on your computer resources. If you are a gamer, or have one in your home, then you can, most times, super-power your computer with just one component – a new video card. This can be a necessity for hardcore gamers because some newer games will refuse to install if the video card does not meet the minimum specification requirements. Do you, or someone in your home, love smooth animation and a responsive gaming experience? We look to stay aware of all the new games and can match your gaming desires with the right video card.
Hard Drive Upgrade:
One popular option, in both speed and size, is a new hard drive. Computers running out of space is less of a concern and a problem these days, but speed of the drive is a major concern. Most likely you have sat with your thumbs twiddling while waiting, and urging, a file to hurry and finish copying. Most upgrades are usually to an SSD (Solid State Drive) that has no moving parts that will wear out and can transfer/find data in a flash. Boot up time with an SSD is lighting fast! Not only that, but you will have the ability to keep your old drive for general storage, complete with all your existing data/.
Cheaper computers are under powered from the day you buy them and walk out of the store. The truth is that most computers purchased at a department store can use at least another 4GB of memory and oomph! Sometimes though, even a really great computer can fall behind as new applications come out and use more resources. Investing some extra money into some Memory/RAM can revive your existing computer and set it up for a couple more years of happiness.
Where Do You Draw The Line?:
There are other upgrades; like CPU (the brains) and the motherboard, but when we get into that territory it is really time to get a full replacement computer. You will save money by getting a computer that meets your needs and can grow with you.
Is that computer of yours letting you down? Give Brochin.net a call to help you with selecting a new computer or upgrading your current one.