It’s always tempting to hold back on purchasing new IT equipment. Yet it can sometimes cost you more if you hang on to equipment for too long.

Did you know that if a device is more than 3 years old it’s cheaper to buy a new one?

  • A 5-year-old PC could cost twice as much to run as a new one
  • A 4-year-old PC suffers 55% more security incidents than in its first 3 years

Even if your computer does continue to power on and work most of the time, as updates and improvements are constantly being made to our software and other technology on a regular basis, older machines simply have difficulty keeping up.

Here are 5 signs it's time to buy a new computer:

  1. Can't Take the Heat- Your computer is constantly overheating, and your fan is starting to become noisy. It is normal for a computer to get a little warm especially if you have been on it all day or its sitting on your bed or the couch with limited airflow. But if your computer is consistently overheating and you can hear your fan constantly running, it may be time to get a new computer.
  2. Update Rate- Your computer does not have or cannot get the newest operating system.  If your computer can’t support the newest operating system available, problems are bound to follow; old operating systems often become unsupported, and you run into compatibility issues where new software will simply not run. If this is the case, you may want to consider getting a new computer.
  3. Foggy Memory?- Your computer cannot multitask. Do you have problems running two applications at once? This could be caused by running out of memory, running out of space on your hard drive, or an overworked processor. While there are temporary fixes to some of those issues, odds are it is time to get a new computer.
  4. Slow Ride- It takes forever to start-up or shut down your computer. New computers can start-up or shut down very quickly, if your computer is taking minutes to do so, it is probably time for a new one.
  5. More Money or More Problems?- Does it cost more to repair or replace your computer? Many of the problems mentioned above could be temporarily repaired. But if it costs more to repair these issues than it would be to replace the computer it is DEFINITELY time to get a new one.

It’s all about getting the balance right. Between equipment that can be repaired and will happily last another couple of years – versus slow, unproductive equipment that really needs to be replaced.

Having an older computer that constantly needs repairs is not only frustrating, but it can expose you to security threats. If you are a business owner in Hudson Valley, New York and it is indeed time for you to buy a new computer but you're not sure where to start, give Meeting Tree Computer a call today: 845-237-2117

What Do I Do with My Old Computer?

When you do end up buying a new computer, you can't just chunk your old computer in the trash, although that may feel satisfying! Throwing computers into local landfills is not legal in every city and really isn't good for the environment. Most businesses will recycle or donate old technology to schools, nonprofits, and other organizations. For the security of yourself and your company, before you donate, recycle, or trash your computer, you'll want to remove any sensitive data. We can take care of this entire process for you with our MTC C.A.R.E.'s (Computer Assistance Resource Exchange) program. If you have a laptop/desktop that you no longer need, but that is still is good condition visit our MTC C.A.R.E.'s page. We’d be happy to find a new home for your old machine.