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When should you buy a new computer?

It’s actually quite difficult to know. Most of us learn to live with the quirks of our PCs even to the point of embracing its whims. We know which bits work, which bits don’t, and when we need to wiggle the USB plug to make it connect properly.

As a result, we often struggle on with machines well past their prime. It needn’t be the case. Here are seven signs that it’s time to upgrade.

You Can’t Install the Latest Operating System

In the past, new versions of operating systems were not a big priority for many users. You’d get a major new release every three or four years, you’d have to pay to install it, it would change — and break — things, and as a result people would often stick with the operating system that was installed on their computer when they bought it.

Windows XP way outlasted its natural lifespan for this exact reason.

This is no longer how things work. Apple is already well established in a program of annual, free updates to OS X What's New In OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"? What's New In OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"? OS X is evolving both in terms of looks and features, and just like last year's Mavericks update, Yosemite will be another free download. Read More , and Microsoft is getting there. Windows 8.1 was part of the transition to more frequent updates, and Windows 10 will complete the process When Does Windows 10 Come Out, How Can You Get It & What Happens to the Technical Preview? When Does Windows 10 Come Out, How Can You Get It & What Happens to the Technical Preview? Windows 10 is coming soon. Still confused about how the upgrade will work and wondering about the timeline? We have some answers, although more questions remain. Read More .

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As a result, operating system updates are more important and desirable than ever. Every year, you’ll get an update that fixes bugs and adds new functionality.

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But with each update there will likely be an increase in the minimum hardware specifications required to run it (and generally, you need well above the minimum specifictions to run it well). Sooner or later, your computer will no longer be up to the task.

You Can’t Run the Latest Apps and Games

Everyone knows that PC gaming is an expensive business PC Gaming at 4K: Is It Worth The Money? PC Gaming at 4K: Is It Worth The Money? A resolution revolution is on its way. Ultra HD televisions and monitors are finally starting to drop to reasonable prices. Has Ultra HD matured, or is it still too much money for too little benefit? Read More . No matter how hard you try to future-proof your PC, there will always be something that needs upgrading soon.

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Unless you build your own system, you’ll eventually need to just bite the bullet and get a whole new machine.

But it isn’t just games that will test an ageing PC. Professional apps such as Photoshop have relatively modest minimum specs, but need far more to attain a decent level of performance. (For example, 2GB is the stated minimum RAM, but Adobe recommends 8GB.)

Mainstream apps like the new Microsoft Edge browser Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft has the Edge, Windows 10 is huge, Secret gets shut, embed MS-DOS games in tweets, make money from Silent Hills, and watch Michael Bay get shown up by an amateur filmmaker. Read More require a PC capable of running Windows 10 Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Windows 10 is coming, possibly as soon as July. Are you eager to upgrade and will your system be eligible? In short, if your computer runs Windows 8, it should also run Windows 10. But... Read More . Even streaming Netflix in 4K needs not only a fast Internet connection, but hardware capable of playing it smoothly.

It Gets Slow

Slowness can be difficult to define, but you’ll know it when you see it: you can make a cup of tea while your computer boots up, it grinds to a halt when you have more than half a dozen tabs open in your browser, and you can type a full sentence before a single word appears on screen.

Some of these problems can be alleviated to an extent by giving your computer a thorough spring clean A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning With the arrival of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, houses across the globe get a nice cleaning to rid them of dirt and clutter that has accumulated over the past year. Dust and junk also... Read More . But software solutions to hardware problems can only take you so far.

When things that used to work well no longer do, you know you’re fighting a losing battle.

You Can’t Connect It To Anything

Nothing ages a computer faster than other, newer gadgets you want to use it with.

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Your massive new 4K monitor Getting A 4K Monitor? Which Browser Should You Use? Getting A 4K Monitor? Which Browser Should You Use? Running Windows on a 4K monitor can be a huge boon to productivity. The large, pixel-dense space provides plenty of room to open windows. But will browser content scale well on your Ultra HD monitor? Read More . A superfast 802.11ac router Should You Buy A Wireless 802.11ac Router? Should You Buy A Wireless 802.11ac Router? 802.11ac promises blistering speeds, but many consumers are just now getting around to upgrading to 802.11n, leaving many to wonder if the new version is worthwhile. Read More . An accessory with a fancy new USB-C plug What Is USB Type-C? What Is USB Type-C? Ah, the USB plug. It is as ubiquitous now as it is notorious for never being able to be plugged in right the first time. Read More . There are usually workarounds that resign you to lower resolutions, slower speeds and clunky adapters, but nothing beats having support for all this stuff built right in.

You’re Running Out Of Space

If your hard drive is being squeezed for space, and you open the system monitor on your computer and see that the RAM is all in use when you’ve got a few apps open, and that the CPU usage is routinely hitting 80% or more, then it’s a sign that you’re reaching the limits of what your hardware is capable of doing.

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You can buy yourself a little more time by adding an external hard drive and some more RAM (if it isn’t already maxed out). However, as a general rule, once you have to start managing your resources, an upgrade won’t be far off.

It Becomes Noisy

Over time, a PC becomes louder than it was at the start.

Turn it on and you can hear the hard drive creak into action. Data recovery company Datacent has produced a collection of grinding and clicking sounds that indicate potential impending hard drive failure. If you can hear one of these in your computer, be afraid.

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Similarly, the fan gets louder. It may be because the CPU is working harder than it used to, or maybe there are problems with components overheating, or maybe the fan itself is about to break.

Just as with a car engine, a new, unexpected noise is often a bad sign. Throw in a few other physical issues — a loose laptop hinge, wobbly port, dead battery — and it may be time to move on.

You Spend More Time Fixing It Than Using It

Even if you make it past all these other points, there still one more telltale sign that you need to upgrade: owning the computer becomes a chore.

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Apps crash for no reason. Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting. That malware problem you thought you’d fixed resurfaces. The whole system freezes. You get the annoying Spinning Beach Ball of Death on a Mac Speed Up an Old Mac with These Tricks [Mac OS X] Speed Up an Old Mac with These Tricks [Mac OS X] Given time, the performance of any computer will tend to degrade - even Macs (gasp!). Years of improperly un-installing applications can leave your drive littered with preference files and resources that are no longer needed.... Read More , or the far worse Blue Screen of Death on Windows Windows 8 Crashing? How to Easily Troubleshoot Blue Screen & Other Issues Windows 8 Crashing? How to Easily Troubleshoot Blue Screen & Other Issues Windows 8 isn't perfect. That said, most blue screens and application crashes aren't Windows' fault. Our tips will help you identify exactly what's wrong with your PC and fix it. Read More .

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To make it worse, the machine is long since out of warranty, so you’re on your own.

Computers don’t live forever, and before they reach their demise, they become more trouble than they’re worth.

Why Not Just Upgrade Individual Parts?

Some of the issues you will encounter with your computer can be fixed just by upgrading specific components, like the battery or hard drive. But you should weigh up the cost of upgrading compared to buying something new.

There will always be a bottleneck somewhere in the system. If your computer is still fairly young and healthy, then adding a bit more RAM is an easy way to give it an instant boost.

Eventually, though, you’ll come up against something that cannot be resolved, or is just not worth trying.

How old is your computer? Are you planning to get a new one soon, or will you upgrade as many parts as you can first? Let us know in the comments.

Image credits: Macbook Air via Johan Larsson, Doom disks via Matt Schilder, USB MacBook via Maurizio Pesce, Blue screen of death via Wikipedia, Old PC via Daniel Oines

  1. prasantee
    November 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I've been using my ASUS N43SL Laptop for almost 6 years. There's no problem that I've encountered since having it.

    Running on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, with an intel core i7 2.00GHz, a RAM of 4GB, geforce gt540M of 2gigs. Its a really sweet thing when I have it back then.

    Just today I tried to install GTA V, and hey it worked! Quite satisfying actually. It lagged a bit when the police started to chase but after that its great, though the graphics settings were at the minimum.

    I've been thinking to upgrade it into windows 10 these few days, also maybe I want to make the RAM to 8gigs if its possible.

    Anyway, I'm really happy with this laptop and if everything goes well I'll keep using my N43SL for a couple years longer.

  2. max
    October 30, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I am currently typing this on a 11 year old dell optiplex gx280 running xp pro, never been any trouble at all never had a bad crash or needed any components replacing. it has the pentium 4 3.4 ghz hyper threading processor which probably helps it runs fast which it sure does it is still very fast.
    i was given this computer in 2009 by my parents when they replaced it with an imac (which has been a lot of trouble) and i have no intentions of replacing this pc in the next few years (maybe upgrade to windows 7 when internet browsers completly stop supporting win xp) but i amvery happy with my computer and it's extreme reliability.

    specs:
    pentium 4 ht 3.4ghz
    4gb ram
    xp pro
    geforce 6600 graphics card
    creative sound card
    tp-link 300mbs wifi pci card

  3. Jeff
    September 8, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Over the last 25 years I bought 3 new desktops. About the make it 4 in 26 years. I generally bought as much as I can get and looked at what might to be upgraded in the years ahead. I am a casual user and do not play games on my desktop. I do run a business and have 32k pictures for fun. I just added a second monitor. I have 2 22 inch monitors.

    I remember a 386 and I worked in regulatory in a pharma company. We would spend $3,000 to get 2MBor 4MB of memory in the 90's.

    The past 25 years, hard drive replacement and adding memory have been the first few things I look at. I keep all the hard drives. 60GB, 160Gb, 320GB, 500GB, 1TB, another 1TB.
    External hard drives, 2 - 80Gb, 2 - 750GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
    RAM I have 256 cards, 512 cards, 2 MB cards and 4 MB.

    Current system has 6 MB. Can not extend past 8MB.

    New system will cost me more then the last two combined. I am getting and regular hard drive and a SSD drive. More memory then double the last 3 system. I hope this will last more then 8 years. The motherboard and the case will be big enough to swap out.

    The touch screen stuff will probably be what will make this system obsolete in the future. Not a big fan of the all in one option available now.

    I thought building a Desktop cost more then buying one put together by Dell, Lenovo or Acer. I an buying one motherboard. They buy Millions. They buy in quantity as I buy one offs.

  4. Cliff
    August 3, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    BSOD worse than the beachball of death? Bull!! I've used macs and pcs. In my experience a BSOD in windows is almost always solvable by a restart, cleanup, or part replacement. Rarely has it ever been serious enough to make the system useless. However, every single time I ever saw that damn ball on a mac I knew the system was done for. No amount of cleanup or troubleshooting helped in any significant way as the beachball always came back within days or even hours on every mac that got it, essentially making it too much of a chore to keep using. As for part replacement on a mac, way too much of a hassle compared to pc

  5. Kevin Turnbull
    June 24, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Hello am the proud owner of a DELL STUDIO XPS 435T with a Radeon 4870 with a 32" screen, trying to find software for it is like searching for the holy grail. It's slow in game 2 fps the screen was going black and not resetting had to unplug machine. I tried to upgrade the software, with new drivers with a outfit called solid tech, didn't work still get low on memory notices followed by a complete shutdown. And 2 fps in WoW game, it plays fine in my laptop with the 15" screen but its so small. Time to face facts, "it's dead Jim".

  6. mai
    June 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    5 yr old Acer Travelmate laptop.
    2gb RAM.
    32 bit system type
    Windows 7 starter.
    pentium IV P6300 2.27GHz

    I am about to install an online review with the ff. requirements.

    minimum of 4G RAM
    windows 7 or higher
    At least Pentium IV 1.5GHz
    screen resolution of 1280x800

    what should i do? Upgrade RAM and OS? Or just buy a new laptop? Help!

  7. dodik
    May 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I have a laptop that was built for work and stuff like that
    but I use it for games and stuff like that. yesturday I spilled milk all over it
    now the track pad(that I dont use) and caps lock indecation light is broken
    should I get a new laptop or pc?

  8. Kevin
    April 29, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I have a 2009 PC that runs windows 10 (using it to type this), e8400 and a 9500gt. No problems can still play games with it. Looking for a new computer soon. I would still use this one to type stuff on word and watch you Tube and stuff. maybe it will last 10 more years...

  9. alex
    April 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I have a four year old MacBook Pro with a cracked screen and i need to use a secondary keyboard because some keys no longer work.Otherwise it works fine. Should i replace it?

  10. matt
    March 30, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I have an old computer that i built for myself about three years ago I was on a strict budget so the parts I could afford were sub-par. It still works fine for what I'm using it for but won't even come close to what I want to use it for, so I am going to save up for a beast computer to build myself. Because, let's be honest, what's more gratifying than being able to play all the newest games in 4k native resolution without breaking a sweat with a tower pc your constructed and picked the parts for yourself.

  11. Joe
    March 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I have a 10 year old mac that takes forever to load and has trouble connecting to wifi. Should I replace or try to fix?

    • matt
      March 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      If it weren't a mac I would suggest buying a usb wifi connector and maybe up the ram and or video card, but I don't think that's really an option for a mac. The wifi problem can be fixed with a usb wifi connector but it will still be slow because of the wearing parts inside. What I would do is check your router if you haven't already. If the router's light are flashing in out rapidly then try unplugging it for about 20 seconds and plugging it back in. Look online for some budget build guides for productivity builds there are now hundreds of ways to build your own pc without breaking the bank and still get great productivity out of your computer. If you don't know how to build a pc use your old mac to look it up on youtube. There are thousands of youtube channels dedicated to teaching you the basics of building a computer. However, if you want to stick to a mac whether it be because of the apple operating system or whatever then you would just have to bite the bullet and buy a new mac.

    • Scoco
      October 22, 2016 at 11:47 am

      I have a 2011 MacBook Pro laptop that was taking forever to load, frequent beach-ball appearance. I replaced the hard drive with a solid state drive and increased the memory to 16GB and now it is as good as new: instant response even with lots of programs open, running OSX El Capitan for less than a fifth of a comparable new MacBook.
      I added the 4GB I took out to my 2009 iMac (now it's 8GB) and it's faster too, but not the blistering speeds the SSD gives the laptop.
      If yours is a PowerPC (rather than Intel) then you won't be able to upgrade the operating system but expect replacing the hard drive with an SSD and/or a memory upgrade to help a lot.

    • Scoco
      October 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      My Late 2011 MacBook Pro was really slow, taking forever to load or switch. I upgraded the memory from 4GB to 16GB and put in a SSD drive and it is now blisteringly fast - as fast as a new machine for a quarter the cost; runs El Capitan beautifully.
      I put the 4GB I took out into my 2009 iMac and it has also sped up too (also El Capitan).
      Since your Mac is 10 years old, it's probably a PowerPC rather than Intel chip and might not be able to upgrade to Yosemite/El Capitan/Sierra, but if you can upgrade the memory it's a cheap way to boost performance even on your existing OS, and might even help your wifi connectivity.

  12. BobG
    February 16, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I have a 2008 (I think) vintage HP Elite m9360f desktop computer. Been through 2 hard drive blowouts on it. This Saturday it all of a sudden wouldn't reboot (Windows 10). Spent a day and a half downloading programs to fix it, some of which I paid $$, with no success. Tonight I took it apart and the SATA cable had broken off the hard drive and therefore the connection is either non-existent or spotty at best. No wonder partition tools would work on it. Given it has gone through 3 hard drives now plus it is 8 years old, should I give it a toss? New desktop PCs are built so cheap and the design has changed insignificantly.

  13. Panot03
    November 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    my only problem in my pc is that icant download the latest games

    • matt
      March 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I don't really know from this post what it is exactly wrong with your computer but if i take your words seriously then if you can't download the latest games then you might want to have a talk to you internet provider and see about that download speed. However, if you mean what I think you mean, That you can't play the latest games because you don't have the recommended system hardware. Then If you bought the pc from dell or alienware or wherever else either do what the rest of the paragraph suggests or buy a new alienware (does not have to be the newest to play the latest games; alienware is a great computer company that builds all their computers to where you can do anything especially hardcore gaming not 4k gaming sadly). Then I would suggest looking up a pc build guide and if you have the money go all out with 4k. Really if you think about if a 4k self-built PC will play all the latest games on max settings for at least another 5-10 years. or at least untill the newest directx is utilized to it's max ability by game companies, and even then the most you would have to upgrade would be the graphics card and processor. However depending on what processor you get to upgrade your computer you may have to buy another motherboard and though it won't change for a while depending on if the size of new motherboards changes you may have to buy a new case. but really do some research on 4k builds. If you can't afford the most powerful 4k build there are some 4k builds the get as low as $750 usd (not including monitor, mouse, keyboard, and other accessories). even if you don't want to use the 4k resolution by buying a new 4k monitor you can get a great fps from pretty much every new and old game at 1080p at max settings without stressing. If you don't know how to build a pc then search youtube and you can find thousands of videos new and old of people showing off how to build beast computers and budget gaming computers alike.

  14. jerileone
    August 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Have a 27 inch 2 yr old Dell 27 All in One. Better not be any problems. Us my computer all day, every day. I am very happy with my machine and Windows 10. Thanks all

  15. Michael Weldon
    July 29, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I'm running a 10-yr old Compaq Presario desktop that was 'gifted' to me by my sister (who bought new to upgrade when XP hit end-of-life, not being tech-minded), about 15 months ago. I wiped XP, and have been running Linux ever since.

    The RAM was upgraded from 1 GB to the 4 GB max allowable by DDR1. The Athlon 64 has been upgraded to an X2; PSU's been replaced, and I've added an external 500 GB Seagate HDD. Next thing on the agenda is swapping out the system hard drive, and replacing the motherboard.

    Many people think computer hardware falls into the realms of black magic (!), but with careful planning, research.....and plenty of support from the Puppy Linux Forums, I don't anticipate any problems. There's plenty of life in the old girl yet...!

  16. Rokas Jankunas
    June 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    What about Tablet computers (with android)? You can not install latest android because of manifactures slow work.

  17. Megan Fields
    June 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    My PC is more than 15 years old and still runs good but I am thinking of giving it to my nephew on my thing is he is gonna want to play games on it, not solitaire games either but the games that require a good video card etc. I think I'll prob just try upgrading the parts myself and see if I can get it to play the games he wants. When I bought my computer it cost me like $600 which 15 years ago was a lot of money to me, hell it still is lol, but that's why I would rather try and just upgrade the parts rather then get a whole new one.

    • Steffen Büßelmann
      October 10, 2015 at 1:21 am

      A 15 yr old PC will still be using AGP for graphics cards, and the fastest available GPUs for that are slower than todays integrated graphics.

      Same problem applys to CPUs if using the intel socket 370 the fastest chips will be 1,4 GHz Pentium 3 and when using AMDs Socket A you will top out around a 3GHz single core rating.

      I don't know any games newer than around 2005 that will run properly on these old hardware. (Except some indie games and the stuff on facebook)

      Hard drives will be also a problem. No SATA ports means either using an extra controller card or sticking to the old IDE standard which is fading out and drives are hard to find nowadays.

      I'm currently helping a friend with a machine made in 2006 who has problems to keep his data when upgrading.
      The only reason for keeping my old system made in 2001 is for games and programs that won't run properly on newer systems (even in virtual machines) and for nostalgia.

  18. A41202813GMAIL ..
    June 2, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Buy: --- A - A Full Tower Case That Can Handle XL ATX Motherboards ( MB ) ( Some Have 11 Extension Slots And The Tray Can Even Be Extracted ), --- B - A Recent ( MB ) With Lots Of PCIEXPRESS16 Slots ( Some Have Even 8 Of Them ), --- With This Package You Can: --- C - Exchange Only The Faulty Hardware, Or The Ones You Want To Improve, --- D - Install Any Damn OS You Want, Providing You Can Find The Necessary PCIEXPRESS16 Cards With The Drivers The ( MB ) Is Already Lacking, --- E - Have A Fast Enough Machine For Many Many Many Years To Come. --- XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  19. Shawn Recupido
    June 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Yeah replace an entire computer because you're too lazy to spend 5 minutes swapping out a harddrive and another half hour restoring an image. Ram is a 30 second upgrade as well. Oh an ssd will bring a bigger improvement than cpu for a lot of tasks.

  20. Kensta Gallaher
    June 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I'm upgrading my OS (not hardware) to Windows 10 from 8.1 using the following specs on a HP Pavilion 15 laptop from 2013: Windows 8.1 x64 Intel Core i5-4210U @ 1.7 GHz 4 GB DDR3 RAM (one stick only by surprise, other slot left for extra RAM) Intel HD Graphics 4400 1366x768 resolution 500 GB HDD and over 250 GB worth games and X-Plane 9 and 10 to backup

  21. Mindaugas Martin Cingelis
    June 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    heh, I'm not upgrading my pc for a couple of years atleast, still using a quad core xeon x5450 @ 3ghz, palit gtx 285 and 6gb of ddr2-800 ram, litteraly all of my games run at high if not max settings and the only downside is that i can't run any dx11 games cause of my gpu and even if i do upgrade i'll only upgrade my ram to 8gb and maybe a new gpu, don't need a cpu upgrade as my current one is running windows 7 home premium 64bit happly with no slowdowns and even rendering 1080p with sony vegas pro 13 is pretty fast.

    • Rokas Jankunas
      June 4, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      I'm not in right topic, but are you from Lithuania? Your name suggests me that :)

  22. Luide Kakembo
    June 2, 2015 at 8:39 am

    After four years, my Acer 5742G finally conked out on me. In between faulty RAM chips, faulty power supply, faulty motherboard and chassis screws falling out all over the place, it was time to call it quits. I could probably have been able to fix it, but it just wasn't worth the time or effort.

  23. Wendell Kent Iliff
    June 2, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I'm a graphic designer, and still use a late 2008 13" aluminum Unibody MacBook. It has a 2.4 GHz C2D processor, a 1066 Mhz front side bus, I maxed the RAM out to 8 gigs, and it has mediocre Nvidia GeForce 9400m graphics. Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Illustrator CC run great, Photoshop only bucks when I use the perspective and other 3D tools, After Effects runs fine (ray-traced 3D rendering is out the window, though), and I can edit audio and 1080p video, though exporting the projects takes a while. I have no hardware problems, and standard apps like MS Office and Safari work fine. I plan on upgrading in the next year or two though, because I know I'm going to need more RAM and a better video chip, and I noticed a slow-down when I upgraded to Yosemite. It was also overheating for a while, but cleaning out the dust fixed that.

  24. Zhong Jiang
    June 1, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    The number one issue in a dying PC is heat and depending on how the laptop was designed, you will need to replace your video card chipset. This is exactly what happened to my HP Pavilion laptop. The natural factor would be age, since all machine last only a finite amount.

  25. Read and Share
    June 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Unless (or until) something changes drastically, I have all the desktop apps that I need to run my Office, PDF, audio, photo, and video files. Those aside, I find that more and more, I get my info from the web. I am still happy with my 2011 Intel duo core 'bargain' desktop. I anticipate swapping to a new computer when it could no longer run the latest browser(s). But hopefully by then, what I will have instead is a phone device that is sufficiently powerful enough and energy efficient enough that it will serve as my only computer -- one that I will use with different size displays and peripherals depending on what I want to do and where.

  26. Michael Scoates
    June 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I usually buy my PCs 2nd hand, this current one is 7 years old, still runs Vista, just recently popped in a new Gfx card to enhance existing games and I checked, it'll run Windows 10 when it comes out. It will, obviously, need to be replaced at some point, what's really interesting now is what to replace it with? I'm finding my 10.1" Android tablet can do pretty much everything I currently use this PC for other than Windows-based gaming so I'm leaning towards it, but I'll miss big screen monitor.

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