How long should my computer last?

Ah, the age old question: How long my new computer last? Whether you’ve just purchased a computer, or you’ve received on as a hand-me-down, often times it’s hard to tell just how long your new machine will last you.

How do you know when it’s time to buy a new computer instead of fixing the one you have?

This question has entered your mind at some point. Likely while your once powerful computer struggled to load a web page, or froze trying to open a program it used to open with no problem.

You may be surprised to find that this is normal!

MotherboardExperts agree that a good computer will last anywhere from 3-5 years. The length depends on how good the computer was when you purchased it. Did you know that a lot of computers you find in stores may still be using processors from last year and not the newest generation? This is partly due to the fact that newer parts and processors are always hitting the market. For a manufacturer to fulfill a series of computers, they often make them with parts that have been on the market for a while. These parts are also usually more cost effective.

Speaking of, there are a few factors you can look at to get a general idea how long your computer will last.

1. Price

It also has to do with how much you initially spent on the computer. If you bought an expensive machine with a strong processor, extra RAM, and more storage, then that machine will likely last 5 years.

If instead you opted for a budget build designed to work well at the time, it will likely only last around 3 years. It will show it’s age much sooner as the technology around it gets more advanced.

Long story short, if you spend more on your computer, then you’re likely going to get more out of it!

2. Brand

Brand is another important factor to take into consideration. While there is definitely some opinion involved when choosing a brand, it is good to consider where a certain computer manufacturer focuses their technology.

Brands like Dell, Lenovo, and HP have a very strong business presence and are found in many businesses large and small alike.

On the other hand, brands like Asus, and MSI manufacture a lot of computer internals. They also focus more on computers that are built with intensive editing or gaming in mind.

Sticking with a well known and established brand is the way to go. It may cost you more, but you’re likely going to end up with a better running computer, and better support if you ever need to call.

3. Form Factor

Computers come in all different shapes and sizes. A few of the most common form factors now:

  • Desktop PC
  • Laptop PC
  • All-In-One (AIO) PC
  • Tablet PC

This post isn’t about describing the differences between these form factors, so we’ll stick to the basics. Desktop and AIO PCs are usually faster and better equipped to handle intensive programs while at the same price point as Laptop and Tablet PCs.

You can get an $800 laptop that will outperform your $500 Desktop, but if you spend the same on both, you’re likely going to see better performance from the Desktop.

As with any product, you’re going to get the best results from it if you take care of it. Contact Ballantyne Computer Services LLC, and we’ll make sure your computer is running in tip-top shape!

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