Clients frequently enquire about the durability of hardware and curious to know when it’s the right time to upgrade their computer. For instance, “What is the average lifespan of a desktop computer and laptop?” These concerns are foremost in their minds, especially when they start to experience problems with their computer performance.
For a desktop PC, the lifespan can vary because of the ability to customise its specifications. As such, you can expect a minimum three-year lifespan, but the average for most desktop PCs is approximately 5 years. This is subject to regular maintenance as well as routinely upgrading software.
With regards to laptops, most experts estimate a lifespan of three to five years. It may survive longer, but it’s performance may be limited as the components become less capable of running advanced applications.
When Should You Upgrade Your Computer(s)?
Keep an eye out for these telltale signals that it’s time to upgrade your computer.
Computer’s Fan is Noisy:
If your computer’s fan runs loudly even when the computer is not performing demanding processing activities, this may be a sign your computer may be on it’s way out. Your computer may be overloading its hardware if you’re using the most recent version of an application or operating system, which would explain why it’s running warmer than usual.
Hardware Upgrades Cause Compatibility Problems:
Typically, the first stages in increasing a computer’s power involve changing the RAM and moving to a solid-state drive (SSD). However, where you could see compatibility problems is when updating the motherboard or the CPU. It’s possible that you will need to replace most or all your computer’s components. As such replacing your computer might be preferable if the costs are too high. Therefore, it’s important to research before committing to such upgrades or ask your IT Services Provider for advice.
It could be time to replace your computer if your present hardware cannot run a more recent operating system version. Check the devices you use is eligible for updates and are compatible with Windows or Mac.
There are additional security precautions to think about even if they are compatible. Are you utilising strong passwords and have other appropriate security measures been implemented, such as 2FA?
It’s Cheaper To Replace Your Computer than Repair:
Initially, you would opt to repair your computer as this would be the cheaper alternative. However, if you computer continues to experience costly issues which are impacting productivity, then it might be time to replace your computer.
Applications are slow to upload
The most recent version of an application may not work well on outdated hardware. When installing software, make sure it is compatible with your machine by checking the compatibility. Although the bare minimum may not be sufficient when using other computer software, minimal component requirements are still crucial to consider.
Overall, these are just some of the many signs your computer may display. Other obvious signs include increased times for starting and shutting down the machine. Most importantly ensure your computer has the latest version of the operating system. These software upgrades offer security and operational improvements to benefit system security and performance.
If you would like to discuss your hardware performance or are interested to upgrade your computer or fleet of systems, contact Techstream Solutions today. As IT Services Providers, we assist with the procurement of hardware and provide comprehensive IT services for business, enterprise, not for profit, government and micro businesses.
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