All of us are familiar with that situation where our computer starts to slow down and lose its functionality. When we first bought it was no doubt a speedy powerhouse that was capable of running a hundred programs at once and playing the very latest games, but as time has worn on time has taken its toll and you’ve maybe installed a few too many things resulting in a computer that you hardly recognize – that takes twenty minutes to load and that crashes whenever you ask it to run anything more taxing than Minesweeper.
So the question is, what is your next move? Do you invest in a new more powerful machine? Or do you try and get your current one to run faster? There are many factors to consider when making this decision, so here we will look at what some of those are.
The Benefits of a New Machine Versus the Benefits of Repair
The obvious benefit of sticking with your current machine is of course that it’s going to cost you an awful lot less to get one repaired and do some fine tuning than it is to buy a whole new device. If money is an issue (and for most of us it is) then getting a repair should be your first port of call. At the same time you will this way be able to keep all of your existing files and installations – and while it’s fun to have a new computer, this is nevertheless something that will require some time and effort before it feels like it’s ‘your’ machine again.
On the other hand though getting a new computer is undoubtedly the more exciting option, and it will mean your computer isn’t just ‘back to normal’ but in fact better than it ever has been before. If there’s ever been anything you wanted to do with your machine that you couldn’t then this way you can step it up and be able to play the latest games, run the best programmes, use a HDMI connector, store more files on your machine etc.
The State of Your Computer
Much of it then will depend on the state of your computer now. If your machine is under three years old then for most people this will rule out getting a new device as the increase in specs won’t likely be significant enough to be a big part of the decision making process.
Meanwhile you may be able to simply upgrade your PC to increase the stats. If you haven’t tried increasing your RAM yet, then note that in most cases this is a relatively easy and cheap way to improve your computers’ performance that will give you a lot more functionality and power. You should to this end consider investing in some RAM and then seeing if you’re happy with the performance of your machine. If you have a desktop computer rather than a laptop then you might also be able to upgrade other aspects such as your processor.
Likewise you should try cleaning up your PC and seeing if by cleaning the registry, deleting any spyware and adware, and uninstalling any unnecessary software you can’t get your machine to run faster and more gracefully again thereby saving yourself some money. In the worst case scenario try doing a reformat and you can ‘wipe’ your computer back to factory settings. This will give you a machine that has the same performance that it did when you bought it for the first time, which may be enough to tide you over for a while.
About the author: James Delurno is a technology enthusiast and a creative writer. He works on one of the best registry cleaner software and likes to write about computer performance and repair.