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Should I Repair or Replace my Computer?
Whether or not to get your computer fixed or just to replace it is a common question in technology circles. Instead of giving you a straight-up yes or no answer, we will instead layout several factors to consider when making this replace or repair decision. You can trust us!
Most high-street computer stores will offer you a free quote and diagnosis on your computer (at least, the reputable ones will). This is undoubtedly the first place you should start. Getting this free quote gives you a benchmark to compare the cost of repairing against the cost of replacement. If you don't do this, then there is a high likelihood you will end up paying more for one service or another when you could have ended up saving money.
Once this benchmark repair cost has been established, it's time to start considering the more technical factors so you can weigh up your options.
Factors to consider
Computers get old, and parts start slowing down or breaking kinda like us humans. If your computer is still relatively young i.e., it's less than 5 years old, it's probably more cost-effective to just get it repaired. PC technology doesn't usually make huge strides in 5 years. Paying for a similar PC again can feel like a daylight robbery. However, if your PC is still running the operating system you remember from your Grandmas computer, and it runs slower than a tortoise, it's probably a good idea just to call it a day and replace the old dinosaur.
Price of repairing compared to replacing
You've just weighed up the age of your computer, and now it's time to think about that repair price you were quoted at the repair store and the price of a new computer. When calculating this, you should include any extra accessories or software you will need to buy for this new PC, as well as including shipping and tax expenses. A new PC always seems attractive but more often than not, getting a broken down computer repaired is the cheapest option, and it saves you from the hassle of having to transfer gigabytes or even terabytes of data from your old PC to a new one. Maybe without a repair, you won't be able to access your hard drive data making data transfer an even more complex problem.
Sometimes we get attached to our computers. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it's just convenient to stick with the computer you've used for a few years because you know it inside and out, and you know where everything is. Maybe you have your desktop set up just how you like it. On the other hand, perhaps you hate your current PC, and you've been praying for the day that it finally breaks down. It's perfectly acceptable to love new technology and to always want the newest top-end computers, but it's also perfectly acceptable to stick with what you know. The term "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind!
On the balance of things, if your computer is relatively young and you don't absolutely hate it then your best option is to get your computer repaired. In most cases, it is cheaper and saves you loads of time to wait for a new computer to be delivered and then go through the trouble of re-installing all your old software and transferring data between hard drives. If your computer is always breaking down or it's quite old, then maybe you should look into getting a new computer.