When do you concede its time to get a new computer.

@megamatt (14333)
United States
May 9, 2011 10:51am CST
Last year, I had to get a new computer, because while I could get it fixed, it was like the third or fourth thing that went wrong with it in the past six months. Therefore, I was on the road to spend more money getting it fixed then more money than just buying a brand new machine. I tend to use a lot of things to the bitter end but at the same time with computers, when one thing goes wrong, when one piece of hardware starts failing or whatever, the rest is downhill from there.
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@Bernard9 (56)
9 May 11
Generally you should expect a computer and most other electronic equipment to be good for five to seven years. Theoretically, if anything is to wrong with an computer or other electronic appliances then it should be in the first year. There are obviously exceptions and this does depend on the design and quality of the parts and the build at the manufacturers. If more than one thing goes wrong with your computer it is time to get a new one. The problem is that if one part fails in a computer it can stress other components and cause the early demise of these components. These days shops offer you an extended warranty but if you notice they will run out after five years and you may not be able to extend the warranty after this period. It is a matter of personal choice but normally the cost of these policies equals the purchase price after five years payment. My own personal belief is that you are better saving the money if you can rather than pay the extended warranty. If anything should go wrong then you should be a fair way to paying the cost of a repair after the second year. After five years then you would have enough money to buy a new one. If the cost is significantly less than the purchase price then you are onto a winner. There is a risk involved that it could fail after the warranty period but that is for you to chose whether you take the risk or not. Another thing that is not commonly known is that for every 10 degrees drop in temperature it doubles an electronics component life expectancy. That is why modern TV's are more reliable than the old Vacumn tube TV's. Therefore keeping things as cool as possible can make a big difference to the life of electronic equipment. The best way to do this is to ensure adequate ventillation of electronic equipment cases. Do not block ventillation slots or holes. That is why there is a fan in the back of your computer and why fans are mounted on the heatsink of the processor and some Graphics Cards.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 May 11
A very good post and many good points. If one thing goes wrong with a computer(or really anything else for that matter, the same thing is true for cars as well), then there is just more chances for even more to go wrong. You need to really consider if you want to risk it or push though. Of course, there are times where people may need to hold onto a computer, into it is feasible to purchase a new one or they can have one built. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
12 May 11
Thank you for your reply, it is much appreciated.
@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
9 May 11
I start this year with new computer details now my computer os like new. In the year begining my computer mother plate crashed so there was only one chance buy new mother plate, But then I calculate that better would be If I will change all computer details to better details. My first computer details was about give year old. So I think when you feel that your computer is too slow and can't run programs what you want for example in my situation some pc games I changed my computer details to new and now I have new, fast and good computer.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 May 11
When it starts to impede your enjoyment on a regular basis or your work, yeah, I do agree that is a good idea to consider trading in for a new model. Of course, there are a lot of times where a computer has an off day for whatever reason, so don't rush out right away, unless it is a problem that does tend to happen over and over again. Still when it is a struggle to get it started up without problems and it does not work as fluidly, its a good time to start considering a new model. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
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@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
17 May 11
Yes It is true when the computer is not working right like always and keep It doing many times after first we need think for computer change. Good luck, Have a nice day!
@Bernard9 (56)
12 May 11
I should have added it does depend on the cost of repairing the computer. Another point I should have added is not to switch a computer off without shuting it down properly first. This is a major reason why hard drives fail. The arm that reads and writes to the sectors isn't in its parked position. If not shut down properly the read/write head could then crash into the surface of the disk causing surface damage to the disk or damage to the read/write head. I believe you may know this already but I have added it for completeness.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
13 May 11
Yeah its always recommended that you should really shut down the computer properly, from the shut down menu. Otherwise, you run into the problems that were mentioned. Thanks for adding that for completeness, as it contributed to the topic well. Thank you for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
10 May 11
For me if my computer is destroyed.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 May 11
Well if any time that would be the perfect time. That would be the point of no return for sure. Then again, I would try and get things taken care of before then, but maybe that's just me. Still everyone has their own way to deal with these things. Perhaps to the point of destruction would have to be feesible to many people.Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• Philippines
10 May 11
It is really alarming when your computer behaves like that in a matter of 6months. It is either the root of the problem is not being solved or yes you need to buy a new computer. If that is a first hand computer and the processor is still good like its Pentium 4 or the dual core series, I think it is still practical to save it rather than buying a new one.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 May 11
Sorry, if I was not clear, but I had that computer for years, it was many things that went wrong throughout a period of six months that caused it. Thankfully this computer, which interesting enough, I have had for six months, has had nothing wrong with it as of yet and I hope it never does, but I know better. Still I do agree that something would be wrong. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• Philippines
10 May 11
It took me a long time to purchase this laptop that I'm using now. My old one caught a virus so I had to have that fixed and it started conking on me during very important moments like when I needed to complete an article or a report. When it started doing that so frequently, I knew then it was time.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 May 11
All it takes is one virus to get through and mangle with everything. Especially since while virus scans will catch a lot, they won't really catch everything and viruses tend to leave traces behind, to cause all kinds of fun and games. Still when it starts interfering with your productivity like it did with you, that would be a good indicator for sure. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@May2k8 (3632)
• Indonesia
9 May 11
I concede .... when all the equipment in my computer have problems and often display the blue screen, I'll change all needed. Before I buy a new computer I had to check whether the computer can be work again. If nothing happen, then perhaps time to buy a more sophisticated computer. Current prices are not as expensive as first computer.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
12 May 11
Yeah, while its not a decision to be taken lightly, a new computer is not the harsh thing that is out of the price range of many people these days. Well some people are. Still I remember when I first heard of computers, it was some thing that was strange and mysterious, with a lot of the time, those who had it were the cool kids on the block. These days, its about as common as a household item as it can be. Once everything stops working and there is just problem after problem, it would be great to be able to switch to a new computer. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
9 May 11
When sites take too long to load or the computer is taking forever to turn on then i am sure it is time to purchase a new computewr. they just cant llast forever, but we we like to get as much use from them as we can. Computers are just not an inexpensive purchase.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
A computer when it does not work and when it is going to cost way too much to fix it, that is sadly extremely true. When we get to that point, that is truly the point of no return. It is most certainly one of those things that are not to be taken to lightly. Then again, one may argue(myself included), that no purchase is to be taken lightly. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@vinod4net (628)
• India
9 May 11
As long as you are comfortable while working on it and getting supporting hardware in the market, you should use it. Basically my view is that a computer can be used for a tenure of 5-7 years at the most. The technology keeps changing withing a year and new upgrades available every 2-3 months its quiet hard to go too long with 1 machine.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
Five to seven years seems to be the life span for many machines. On an average at least. There are going to be bound to be exceptions. Of course, it really does depend on the type of computer that you get. Also technology will be technology and it might just stop working for reasons that might not be as clear as first. Still as long as the pocket book can justify it, certainly keep repairing, but there is going to be a point of no return. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• United States
9 May 11
I would only concede to buying a new computer if he repair is remotely close to the purchase of a new one. Recently my laptop was hit with a really bad malware in which I reformatted my entire pc and found that it was running a bit too slow for me. So I went ahead and searched for a really good deal and purchased a brand new hard drivee 3 times the amount of space my old one had, it cost me $25 to do so and so now my Laptop is like new. So if a pc/laptop is worth upgrading and the repair is amply less then the purchase of a new one I will not buy a new one.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
For sure, you got to really look around for prices. I think that unless I'm going to spend a far larger amount out of pocket, to get it repaired, as opposed to purchasing a new one, then I'm going to go for a repair. Of course, a new computer tends to be the ultimate drastic situation. Hopefully it is going to be a long time before I am in that position ever again. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
9 May 11
Well all of my computers are still in perfect condition but there parts are not that good to even run some needed applications that i use everyday. When i see that even flash games, or a couple of videos are currently playing and my computer is already lagging then i feel that i need to buy a new one. I started to see the detoriation of my computers capability when last year i can run 30 tabs easily but now it lags a lot with those 30 tabs. And no amount of reformatting and defragmenting makes it run a lot faster.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
There is going to be a point where you try everything. Yet it still runs at a horrible pace. To the point where it effects your experience where you cannot work around it. So really, there are going to be minor problems when when a computer continues to deteriorate to that flavor, it is about time to upgrade it for sure. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
9 May 11
Well it depends to yourself, if you have the power economically and financially capable to buy another computer. Then why not just get a new one. And, if you are tired of buying computer every year or two, you just have to buy a more high quality standard computer hardwares. Specifically like those Apple Macs. It is a wise and smart investment you can have.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
Well my last computer lasted me a good nine or ten years. Give or take a little bit of time. I hope that my ability to pick a good machine that lasts a long time continues this time, as it really continues to lead me through for another ten or so years. I think that I had one huge problem, maybe a couple of minor ones, before those last several months before it started to break down. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• Denmark
9 May 11
I concede that it's time to get a new computer, when the computer is getting lagging behind, and when it can't run the programs, that I'd like to run. I'm only using laptops (and will never go back to a desktop computer), so it's harder to replace, upgrade etc. hardware on it, but manytimes it's almost the same price, whether you buy some new hardware for your computer, or you buy a brand new one, and that will also give you a new "breath", and you'll get a touch happier! :-)
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
9 May 11
That would be a good time for sure. There are a lot of times where eventually, you could install the newer programs. However, it will cause your computer to run at a speed of the snail. So it might be time to upgrade, so you can upgrade everything and move on in a fresh manner. So some very good points, if its moving rather slow, then its time for a change. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.