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Lesson 4: How to Decide When to Get a New Computer

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How to decide when to get a new computer

How to decide when to get a new computer

Buying a new computer is a big expense, so it can be a big decision. You might be wondering if it would be worth the money, or if you can stick it out with your current machine for a while.

If your computer is older, you can try these tips to help prevent having to buy a new one right away. However, if you are still wondering if it is time to move on, here are five signs to help you decide.

1. You're out of space

Maybe you recently tried to upload a photo from your camera or download new software and received a message saying that the storage on your device is full. If so, you may want to try clearing your computer of any unused files or programs. There are many programs out there to help you do this, including CCleaner. If you still don't have enough room after clearing out as much as possible, you might need a new computer to get more space.

2. Your computer is really slow

Slow Computers

Does your computer take forever to boot up? Can you type an entire sentence before it appears on the screen? Similar to being out of space, some slowness can be solved by clearing your computer of unused files. For more solutions, review our article covering tips for speeding up your computer. If you still can't do what you want in a timely manner, you may want to upgrade to a computer with a faster processing speed.

3. You can't run new software or upgrade your operating system

At some point, you may receive a message that your current system cannot support new software or an operating system update. This is a fairly common problem in older computers, but it can cause real issues. Not being able to update your operating system can also mean you're missing important security updates.

4. Your computer is making weird or loud noises

There are several reasons your computer might make these noises, some of which are fairly minor. These might include a dusty fan or crackling speakers, which can be easily fixed.

However, some problems can be more serious, such as your hard drive dying. Although you can replace a hard drive, it might be worth buying a new computer, especially if your computer is very old.

5. It would cost more to upgrade or fix your computer than to replace it

As mentioned above, some of these problems can be solved by replacing parts or running a program, or seeking help from a professional. However, there may come a time when it costs more to fix than replace the device.

In addition, replacing or fixing your computer may not be a permanent solution. Some fixes are only temporary patches, and some replacement parts may be more difficult to find as your computer gets older.

When you're ready to purchase a new computer, we have a Computer Buying Guide to help you make your decision!