You Probably Don’t Need A New Computer — Here’s Why
Computer shopping is fun for a select group of people and a big hassle for everybody else. There are plenty of terms you need to know, plus PC components you have to think about and computer-buying mistakes you need to avoid.
You’ll have to determine exactly what you need out of a new machine — you’ll need to think about the hardware you want and the software you need.
It’s also important to figure out when you should buy a new computer, both in terms of seasonal sales and product upgrade cycles.
But you also need to know when you really need a new computer and when you’re just itching to upgrade a machine that may work just fine for another year or two.
Read on to check out some of the reasons why you may not need a new computer as soon as you think.
You may be surprised to figure out that you actually can wait to spend all that money (and save the hassle of computer shopping for another day).
1. Your old computer is working fine
We all want the latest gadgets. They’re fun to read about and even more fun to get our hands on. But if you don’t need a ton of power to perform most of your computing tasks, chances are good your old computer is still working fine.
Checking email, editing documents, and browsing aren’t typically tasks that demand a lot of power from your computer.
Even if your computer is slower than it was when you first got it, chances are good that it isn’t sluggish enough to really slow you down.
2. You haven’t been maintaining your old computer
If your primary reason for shopping for a new computer is that your old one is too slow, then you may want to make sure that the slowness isn’t fixable.
Have you been running antivirus scans? And have you been uninstalling unneeded software? How about clearing out unneeded files to free up hard drive space?
Have you made sure that only the programs you need are starting up when you turn on the computer? And have you been keeping the operating system and all the apps you use up to date?
If you’ve been neglecting your computer, you should perform some much-needed maintenance before deciding it’s time for a new computer.
3. You can speed up your old computer
There are many reasons that your old computer may be running slow. But as it turns out, there are also some easy ways to speed up a slow computer.
You can make sure that your operating system and other software are updated. Or, you can clear out the clutter that accumulates over time. You can also free up some hard drive space, and even check for spyware.
The point is that before you throw in the towel and give up on your old computer, it’s probably worth it to make sure that you can’t speed it up with an hour or two of maintenance.
You can even completely reinstall the operating system and start fresh with the computer you already have.
There’s one more practical reason to put off buying a new computer — to avoid the annoyance of setting up a new computer.
Unless you’re truly a computer nerd (and if you are, you probably aren’t looking for reasons to avoid buying a new computer), setup is annoying.
It can get time-consuming to do correctly and often involves uninstalling a lot of bloatware.
If you aren’t going to see much in the way of performance improvements or new functionality with a new computer, you may want to wait until the hassle of setting up a new machine is really worth it.
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