Dan the Computer Man

Your Computer's Best Friend
In-home computer repair in the San Antonio area

Repair or Replace?

If you are debating whether you should repair or replace your computer, here are some ideas to consider.

How long does a computer last?

Generally, the useful life of a computer is 5 to 8 years. The equipment may last much longer, but the owner's patience with a slow computer may run out.

If a component goes out, it can be replaced cost-effectively within the first 5 years. But if the motherboard dies, that's the end of the computer.

Age of computer

If your computer is:
  • 5 years old: probably worth fixing
  • 6 years old: consider replacing
  • 7 years old: replace it
  • 8 years old: you should have replaced it

Questions to consider

  • Does it work?
  • Does it meet your needs?
  • Are you satisfied with the computer?
  • What is your personal threshold of pain for bad performance?
  • Have you already tried to get the computer sped up, but it still isn't good enough?
  • Are you willing to drastically cut useful features in the old computer in order to preserve its performance longer? (See my thoughts on antivirus software and why it's not good for old computers.)
  • When you bought the computer, was it in the low end, mid range, or high end? (High end computers last a little longer.)
  • What work load do you ask of the computer?
  • If a part needs to be replaced, is it worth the investment in old equipment? (Especially hard drives)
  • What does it cost to get a new computer? You may be surprised how low the price has become. See my suggestions for shopping for a new computer.

Another Option: Revitalize

Replacing a hard drive with a solid state drive will make a computer faster than it was the day it was built. If your computer is within a reasonable age, you can breathe new life into it with this upgrade. See my article on Solid State Drives.