Upgrading Computers

Make It Your Own



According to Computer Hope, you should expect to replace your computer once every four years. That’s based on a cost analysis, plus the average time it takes to wear out the internal parts of the computer. Home Computer Help gives a slightly different estimate: Five years for desktops, and three to four for laptops.

How long do computers last. The life of a computer is a key concern for people. For desktop, the answer is more complex. This is because desktop offer a greater ability to customize the components than a laptop does. For most desktop, a minimum three-years should be expected. However, most computers survive anywhere from five to eight years, depending on the upgrading components. Maintenance is also critical, as dust is very problematic for computer components. Owners should routinely the machines free from excessive dust and debris.

What is the lifespan of a laptop.  Most experts consider a laptop’s lifespan to be between three and five years. It may survive longer than that, but its utility will be limited as the components become less able to run newer application (Software). 

When should you up grade your computer?  There is several thing to watch for as the computer gets older.

1. Security is out of date.

2. Noisy fans

3. Compatibility issues when trying to upgrade components.

4. Loading applications takes a much longer time.

5. Shutting down or turning on the computer takes a long time.

These are just a few of the thing to look for when determining when to upgrade to a new computer.

Should you leave you computer on or turn it off when done? Many people want to know if they should leave their PC.  Computers have components that will eventually wear out. Batteries have only so many recharge cycles. LCD panels survive for a limited number of hours. For a desktop, leaving the PC running all the time may not be as taxing, particularly if it’s a device that is regularly used, because each startup emits a surge of power to the components.For a machine that’s used regularly, leaving it on may be best. For those who use their PC sporadically, shutting it down may be best. Also, consider sleep mode – this option puts the PC in a lower-power state without shutting it off completely. This is what I do with my desktop computer.



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