I often have clients ask me "when should I buy a new computer?" In this article, I am going to talk about my general rules of thumb for clients on when to upgrade to a new computer. My guidelines for this will apply to both residential and business users.
I typically tell clients to upgrade to a new computer every 5 years. The average life expectancy of a consumer-grade PC is 3-5 years. With how fast technology moves, by the time 5 years has passed there is a 99% chance that your laptop or desktop computer won't be able to handle the current tasks you want it to.
Just like with any rule in life, there will be some exceptions. Here are a couple situations that could legitimately warrant considering purchasing a replacement computer.
If you have a computer that is only a few years old, and the motherboard dies, it might not be worth replacing it. Typically, motherboards go for $100-$200. If that same system is a few years old, it might have significantly decreased in price to buy new, used, or refurbished.
If you can purchase the same system refurbished for $150, for example, and the motherboard replacement costs $180, it may not be worth replacing the motherboard in your current system. Furthermore, typically when motherboards die other components can end up being fried as well since all internal components connect to the motherboard.
In situations like the one I mentioned above, it may be time to purchase a replacement system.
If you are unsure whether it is time to upgrade your computer or not, give us a call. We'd be more than happy to go over your options and do computer consulting with you.