When should I buy a new PC?

Buying a new PC may seem as simple as clicking on an offer on your favorite e-commerce platform. But it is not so simple if you want to buy the one that best suits your specific needs and on the other hand you probably ask yourself the big question: when is it advisable to do so? Here are a few pointers.

The purchase of a personal computer is just a click away, but a demanding user will have to evaluate many aspects before making what is sometimes an important investment. Laptop or desktop? Screen size and resolution? Intel or AMD CPU? How much RAM and storage capacity? Integrated or dedicated graphics? Connectivity, audio, keyboard, webcam…?

Set a budget in advance and be clear about what will be the main task of use or if the needs are for an ‘all-rounder’, is a good starting point when it comes to the choice. We have offered you plenty of guides covering all the main components of a PC and practical articles in case you prefer to upgrade any of them, but today we focus this tutorial to review those symptoms that tell you that it is preferable to buy new equipment.

When to buy a new PC?

A part of users (with good purchasing power) change the device for the mere pleasure of having ‘the latest’ when the hardware would surely give for much more use. On the other hand, another part of consumers stretches the useful life of their equipment to the limit of what is reasonable or when it stops working completely.

If the former sometimes throw away money and increase the problem of electronic waste, betting on the latter is not a good strategy either since using obsolete computers until  “no longer fit for purpose” can cost more than buying a new PC due to higher repair and maintenance costs.

The argument is valid for a common user and especially for students or consumers who have the PC as their main work tool. And let alone in companies, where a computer park made up mostly of obsolete equipment interferes in the daily work of employees and ends up resulting in lower productivity due to the direct relationship between the acquisition of devices with high computing power and the efficiency of operations in general.

Taking into account the higher expenses to maintain older equipment, the total cost of ownership of new equipment is easily amortized by increased productivitythe latest generations of equipment offer increased productivity, connectivity and mobility. Valuing the purchase of new IT equipment should be a clear objective for consumers, professionals and companies, but when should we do it?

Buying a new PC

We point out seven signs that can warn you of the need to replace your equipment:

1.- Cannot install the latest operating system. A couple of decades ago, new versions of operating systems were not a high priority for many users and companies, and computers were generally kept with the original system or simply upgraded in software. The development trend was changing and new versions of operating systems (mainly Windows) were used as a signal to change computers. Windows 11 and its increased hardware requirements is a sample. If your computer does not support it, it is the first signal that will indicate the need to change your computer.

2.- Can’t run the latest applications or games. Just like the operating system, applications and games are becoming more and more powerful and require a higher level of hardware. Video editing applications, photography, CAD and other professional tools are an indication of the need for new equipment, which in this case would pass for a professional workstation. Without reaching the level of a workstation, general computing uses also demand a level that is difficult to achieve with older equipment. And what about gaming. Increasing requirements on all components.

3.- Equipment runs slow. Slowness in computer equipment can be difficult to define, but you will notice it perfectly when you experience it. For example, if it takes a long time from the time you press the boot button until the operating system desktop is displayed; the computer freezes when you have a dozen tabs open in your web browser; or if you can type an entire sentence in a word processor before a single word appears on the screen.

4.- Cannot connect other devices. Another clear sign of aging comes from the lack of connectivity with new peripherals and accessories, not having support for the latest technologies and standards, such as Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt or USB Type C; not being able to connect to a monitor with ultra high resolution or not having the ability to transmit content wirelessly. The result is that we have to work with a ton of adapters and cables, take five times longer to transfer a file or not take advantage of the latest connectors.

5.- No storage or memory space or CPU/GPU running short. If storage unit capacity is maxed out, RAM is generally fully utilized or CPU utilization goes over 80% with almost any activity on your PC, these are warning signs that the hardware is reaching its limit and problems will accumulate in the future. The

6.- Too much noise. As with an automobile engine, a new, unexpected or louder-than-normal noise is often a bad sign. If the fan noise becomes louder and louder it may indicate that the CPU is working harder than it used to or there are overheating problems. Increased noise or strange crackling noises on the hard disk, at system startup or during operation, is a sure sign of impending failure.

7.- You spend more time troubleshooting your PC than you do using it. Beyond the above points, there is an even more telling sign that warns of the need to replace your PC: when troubleshooting becomes an almost daily chore. Errors with applications, random system crashes, Wi-Fi disconnection, crashes or freezes, or the dreaded Windows blue screen of death, can try anyone’s patience and require precious time to resolve.

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Buy a new PC or upgrade?

Having said the above in balance lies virtue. It is not always necessary to buy a new PC. Increasing the installed RAM or replacing a hard drive with an SSD are inexpensive tasks that will have an immediate effect on performance and allow you to increase the lifespan.

Changing the CPU and GPU is rather more expensive, not always effective if you do not also change the motherboard and not as easy on a desktop as on a laptop. As for software, there are operating systems that work better with older hardware that can be tested. In short, evaluate budget, suitability for the main use and neither buy everything new that is coming out, nor stretch it until it says enough.

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