Should You Repair or Replace Your Computer?

When it comes to computers, it can be difficult to decide whether to repair or replace. On one hand, you don't want to spend too much money on repairs, but on the other hand, you don't want to buy a new system that won't last. To help you make the best decision, here are some tips to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your computer. First and foremost, always ask for a free quote before deciding to skip a repair. High-quality components don't come cheap, so don't expect to get a bargain price.

Enterprise-grade systems from well-known brand vendors and systems aimed at gamers and other enthusiasts use high-quality components, but they are priced between 50 and 200% higher than mass-market consumer systems. If you compare apples to apples, you'll often find that it's cheaper to repair or upgrade your current system than to buy an equivalent new system. A good rule of thumb is that if the cost of repairs is more than 50% of the cost of a new laptop, it's probably best to buy a new device. Sometimes it's time to make an update and a new, fast laptop makes life easier 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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