Is it Time for an Upgrade?

By: Lane Kramer

Recently I was browsing in Curries when one of the staff there offered me a 'free report' to help me find out if I 'needed' an upgrade. I found the idea rather laughable - what could they possibly tell me that I wouldn't already know, and how could they know enough about the way I use my computer to know if I 'needed' one? Surely you never really 'need' an upgrade unless your computer is too slow to let you work, in which case you're probably perfectly aware of the matter? Maybe you might need an upgrade if you work with computers, but in that case you're surely likely to know more than the guy at Curries?

Still though, some people obviously like the idea of being told whether or not they should buy an expensive new computer, and I guess there are certain angles that they might not have considered themselves.

I'm not really going to tell you then whether or not you might 'need' an upgrade, but I will present some considerations that you might not have thought of which can help you to come to the decision yourself. And unlike the guy in Curries I'm not going to try and sell you the most expensive computer on the market.

Do You Want an Upgrade?

As I say, most of us don't really ever need an upgrade, but that's not to say we don't want one and there is nothing wrong with wanting upgrades. And I do believe you can genuinely want an upgrade and not realise it - because you may not be aware of all the different options that are out there. Ask yourself then - could you benefit from a laptop with a detachable keyboard so that you can use it like a tablet? Would you like your computer or laptop to be touchscreen? And can you play all the latest games you like? Or are you just overdue for a new computer that you'd enjoy opening and that would be slicker and better to look at?

Is it Costing You Money

As I mentioned before, the only reason you might really need an upgrade, is that your current PC is taking too long to perform various tasks and so costing you money by slowing down your workflow. In this case you might see buying a new computer as an investment that will hopefully pay for itself in terms of the amount of time you save. It's also important to replace your PC if it is in danger of 'dying' at any point - backup and then look for an alternative quickly.

Other Options

Note though that even if your computer is slow and dying, that doesn't mean you need to fork out for a new one as there are other options. One of course is simply to get computer repairs and to have your PC serviced, while another is to replace particular components and boost your computers performance. If all you need is some more RAM and a better graphics card then this can be cheaper than buying a new machine.

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