Over time, computers start to slow down and give us trouble. It’s tough to tell whether it’s hardware or software issues, and paying a technician to look at it and troubleshoot often costs hundreds of dollars.
It’s difficult to get a solid opinion on what you should do, and often people are stuck in the middle. You have lots of data on your computer – pictures, email and videos – is your data safe, will your computer crash? This will help you figure out if buying a new computer is right for you, or whether keeping the old one is a better strategy for now. Get more informations of Reasons to Get a New Computer – Techsrise
First – if you don’t have a backup of your files, get one. When data is lost, it’s gone forever if you don’t have a backup. Even just copy your important files to a CD or DVD – have something.
Once you have a backup, you have three choices:
1. Live with the issues (ie – do nothing, wait for the PC to die)
2. Buy a new PC and transfer the data
3. Troubleshoot or format and reinstall your old computer.
Option 1 costs nothing, other than your time dealing with problems, but can lead to data loss if you don’t have a backup.
Option 2 will cost more than you think. A brand new, low-end computer can be had for $300 and up. But, this does not include a warranty or software. You might be able to re-use your old software if you have the CDs, but if you don’t, add $300 to the price of the computer for software and warranty. Of course you could pass on the warranty, but most people will need Microsoft Office or something, so add at least $200 for that. You will also need someone to help you transfer your files and get everything working – which could cost $150-$300 more. So your $300 computer now cost you between $650-$900.
Option 3 can result in data loss if the person doing the reinstalling does not take care and properly backup the data (assuming you don’t have a backup). If you are sure you have a backup, this option will cost $150-$300, and possibly not even fix the problem if it’s old hardware failing.
Each situation is different, but what is right for you?
If you have the money, the safe route is to buy a new computer. You can then transfer your files at your leisure, without worrying they will be lost, as they’ll always still be on the old computer.