And please always ask for a free quote before deciding to skip a repair. Is it impossible, then, to buy a good system, made with high quality components? Of course not, but don't expect to get it at a bargain price. Enterprise-grade systems from well-known brand vendors and systems aimed at gamers and other enthusiasts use high-quality components, but those systems are priced between 50 and 200% higher than mass-market consumer systems. If you compare apples to apples, you'll often find that, in general, it's cheaper to repair or upgrade your current system than to buy an equivalent new system.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that if the cost of repairs is more than 50% of the cost of a new laptop, consider buying a new device. And sometimes it's time to make an update. A new, fast laptop makes life easier and is certainly better than dealing with an old, dilapidated machine. If your laptop PC can be repaired for less than 50% of the cost of replacing it, it's probably OK to repair it if it's 1 to 2 years old.
If your laptop is 3 years old or older, it's probably best to replace it, since you're more likely to have it replaced in a few years. Laptops simply wear out more than desktop computers, but I've seen some that have lasted 5 to 6 years.
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