If your computer is sluggish, unreliable or unresponsive, and you find you’re waiting for ages and wasting valuable work time while it loads web pages, you’d be forgiven for thinking you have to ditch it and upgrade to a new one. Before you decide on what to do there are some factors to consider. The price difference and the disruption to your routine might be a pain so choosing wisely is the key.
Three Reasons to Upgrade
This three-step process can help you to decide on your course of action:
- The age of your computer: If your is more than three years old you risk a catastrophic hard drive failure. Computers have a lifespan of five years if in constant use. Laptops don’t live as long if carried around regularly. Tuning up an old machine is probably not a good idea, especially if you depend on it working properly and failure means emergency.
- Specifications: Check your computer’s specifications because it might not be capable anymore of keeping up with evolving applications like videos and news services and it might not be able to process them fast enough. Most new computers now have higher processor speeds and RAM and if you run the latest Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016, you will need modern specifications. A computer tune-up mightn’t resolve all your speed problems if your aged computer has low specifications.
- Maintenance: If the first two steps aren’t a problem and your computer is slow to start up, slow to open apps, timing out or you are often asked to restart you can bet your computer needs a tune-up. This is a deep clean and removal of unwanted files and programs. Thousands of unwanted cookies, tracking codes and programs can accumulate on your computer without your knowledge with only normal use but they slow your computer down. A tune-up can defrag your hard disk, improving performance. All computers need a tune-up once a year or more frequently if yours is a business tool.
Replace or Repair?
These options need to be considered both for your budget and the downtime caused by a catastrophic failure of your computer system.
Repair: You can simply call in a computer expert for a tune-up to get your machine running as it should. A series of maintenance processes and deep scans will remove computer bloat. It’s a good idea to pencil in regular maintenance to keep the computer running smoothly. Your backup regime should also be reviewed to prevent a future data catastrophe.
Replace: If you want to replace your computer consider these options:
- New package: You’ll get a better performance with a new system, but make sure the specifications will deliver what you need. A low price can mean a low performance. An absolute minimum of 4GB of RAM and an i5 or better CPU but remember, you might need to again buy software that was on your computer.
- Upgrade: Replacing the hard drive on your computer with SSD (solid state drive) can dramatically increase memory and processing speeds without replacing the entire system.
- New custom: You can have a custom-built system for specific needs or applications and have a computer expert spec, order and install one that suits your needs. Your computer expert can transfer all your settings and data onto your new computer so you can transition easily. Remember Windows 10 is now standard for PC’s, so you might need to adapt.
Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He recently worked for IBM as the IBM Marketing Cloud Specialist for Australia & New Zealand and is currently working as Digital Adviser for Catalyst Computers