Question: I know computer technology changes frequently, but I don't want to waste money on a new computer if I don't need one. How do I know when it's time for an upgrade?
Short Tutorial/FAQ – How Often Should I Replace My Computer?
Answer: The best time to replace your computer is when it no longer meets your needs. Consider the following cues, which might indicate it's time for a replacement:
For many people, the ideal computer lifespan is about four to five years, but don't rush out and buy a new one if yours works fine and does what you need it to do. Also, if the issue is small, consider repair rather than replacement.
- Performance seems slow. (Note this could be due to a variety of factors, so try some troubleshooting before making a purchase decision.)
- Others who use the system complain about performance.
- New hardware (such as a printer) doesn't work with your current system.
- Your computer barely meets system requirements for new software.
- You want to do new activities (such as gaming) that require a more robust platform to run.
- Your system doesn't support current operating systems.
- You want features (such as a touchscreen) that your computer doesn't have.
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