“Should I get my computer fixed or just buy a new one?”
This is a common question. And it’s a hard one to answer because there are so many factors involved. The question can really only be answered on a case by case basis. However, I’ll outline the factors I take into consideration when making a recommendation to my clients.
AGE OF COMPUTER
A good Computer (and we’ll cover what makes a good computer later) should last 5-7 years if properly cared for with regular maintenance. That said, I would take a hard look at options for replacing a machine if it’s having problems and is 3 years old or more. At this age, you start gambling a little bit with repairs. You could put $250 worth of parts and labor into it and it could run for another 4 years with no problems at all. Or, you could put $250 worth of parts and labor into it and 2 weeks later the Hard Drive could die. Unfortunately, I can’t foretell the future with these things.
CLASS OF COMPUTER
That sub $400 Wal Mart or Best Buy special? Probably not worth sinking a lot of money into repairs. Instead, get your data transferred off of it and look for a nice Business Class machine. If you are budget conscious, you might want to look into a refurbished business class model. These can be great performers at a fraction of the cost! Business Class models have a much higher build quality than what you normally find at your standard big box stores, and often they will have more power and speed as well. In my experience, it is easier and more worthwhile to repair a business class model than others. But I would still follow the age guidelines above. Additionally, you want to make sure the computer you are repairing has enough power for what you want to do!
SPECS OF THE COMPUTER
Maybe you were never happy with the speed and power of your computer. Right from day one, it’s been a frustrating experience anytime you use it. It’s probably not worth sinking a lot of money into it. Y-Not Tech Services might be able to recommend some upgrades to the computer to help improve its speed, but we will weigh those recommendations against the age and class of the computer. Sometimes when you buy a computer, it fits your needs at the time fine, but then something happens and you start using your computer differently. Now, the computer that used to do everything you needed it to might not be worth spending a lot of money repairing. Why spend money on a machine that won’t fit your needs. Again, you should discuss these needs with us – we might be able to suggest upgrades that breathe new life into your existing machine.
COST OF REPAIR
Sometimes the cost of repair including parts and labor will outweigh the worth of the computer. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should replace it. If the computer was performing well for up until it needed repairing you may still want to have it repaired. Especially when you add in the cost of setup and data transfer on top of the new PC.
Ultimately this question is a tough one to answer, especially with blanket statements. If you want to talk to Y-Not Tech Services about your situation, contact me.