Is it cheaper to get a new Windows 8 machine or to update an old system to Windows 8?

Drsunil V July 16, 2014

Does getting Windows 8 on new PC hardware be less expensive than updating to Windows 8 on old hardware?

  1. Hovsep A
    July 17, 2014 at 1:41 am

    well old hardware tends to die sooner than new hardware, depending the need the situation will be different, if the old hardware can run for at least 3years then perhaps going this way is better, so that you can the next generation of pc cheaper....

  2. Dalsan M
    July 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    If your system has a 2GHz dual core processor and 3+GB RAM, you may be okay going with an upgrade to Windows 8. If you have anything less or the system is over 5 years old, you may be better off going with a more modern and up-to-date system. It is better to have a system that works well than one that gets by; eventually it will struggle and the user experience is lost in wait times.

    • Drsunil V
      July 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Please resolve the doubt that I have : For Win 8 , 2 GB RAM is greater than sufficient, isnt it?

    • Dalsan M
      July 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      2GB of RAM would be enough to run Windows 8 and a few light programs, but as time goes by along with updates and newer apps getting installed, you will notice slower performance that relies on your hard drive space for virtual memory. If you have Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista on a system with only 2GB RAM, it is suggested to add another 1GB or more of memory. Note: 32 bit Windows has a maximum of 4GB RAM with about 3.2GB readable and 64 bit having a limit of up to 192GB RAM.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 27, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thank you. Is new apps the only reason for increased RAM req in Win 8? If apps are uninstalled then 2 GB is sufficient

    • Dalsan M
      July 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      As the apps get more advanced, the more resources they tend to use. Background services, plus a decent antivirus software running, on top of the apps you use can add up quickly, meaning reduced speed and possible stuttering, especially when web browsing and/or video streaming.

      2GB may be enough for light usage of you use 32 bit Windows, but would be painfully slow for 64 bit at times. If there are services, apps, and features that you do not need or want, disable and or uninstall them to ensure the best performance. Also, install Cleanmem, open the settings, and install the task schedule so that it can clean up used memory automatically every 15 minutes (it doesn't run in the background, only opens to clean up RAM and then closes).

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 3, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Thank you very much. I marked your answer as best

  3. Bruce E
    July 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    The best that can be said about this is "It depends." If the old hardware meets the recommended requirements for Windows 8 (don't use the minimums for a standard - you may like the performance initially but it will degrade fairly rapidly) and upgrade would be cheaper. If any of the hardware needs to be upgraded as well, that will increase your overall upgrade costs. So it all becomes a matter of adding up all of the purchase costs and considering the labor involved to see if it makes more sense for you to upgrade an old system or buy a new one.

    I have seen some people "save" money by going the upgrade route and ending up spending about $50 less than a new system that outperforms the upgraded one.

    • Drsunil V
      July 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks. I agree that this is a multi-factorial topic

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