To upgrade or not

We all had (or still have) an old computer. Face it, you’re still making up your mind about which new computer will be right for you, and you’re already outdated (more or less).
But is it really necessary to chuck that old computer for a new one?

Old computers have their uses. A really old machine can be used as an anchor or a doorstop, but don’t expect to keep it alive for ever. Once it dies, use it as you see fit but just don’t try to revive it. The simple reason is that it will be too expensive. And if you still use an ancient machine, don’t wait too long to replace it.

In real terms, computers have become extremely cheap. That laptop that you paid 14 grand for a couple of years ago, will cost half of that today. Which begs the answer – what does your insurance have to say about replacing it once it lets go? Will they pay the insured amount or just the replacement value?

Back to our question – is it worthwhile trying to keep your old machine alive? It depends on the hardware you currently have in your computer, which is directly related to how old it is. If your PC is about three years old (or less) there is a chance that you can upgrade some components. For example: If you have a SATA hard drive / optical drive (or at least have the main board connectors for these devices) but an old socket main board you can just upgrade the main board, CPU and memory. Which should work out a bit cheaper then a complete new PC. How would you know this? Bring it to us for a free evaluation.

Here are examples of what the connectors look like :

Sata / IDE connector comparison

Note the older drive type connectors – the top shows the older IDE type connectors – these are no longer available and has been discontinued a long time ago.

The bottom part shows the new / current Serial ATA (SATA) connections. Keep in mind that hard drive cables are normally supplied with the main board and is not included with either the hard drive nor a DVD writer. Also remember to check the power connector where you might need to purchase an additional converter from old to new.

But if it is older then three years chances are you will have to completely replace it. This will work out more expensive but much better in the long run. A new PC means new hardware, new warranty and of course better performance. Upgrading a new pc also works out cheaper. For example: One of the older types of memory (RAM) 2GB DDR2/800 will cost you about R299 where the latest 2GB DDR3 will cost you only R129.

So the answer is: you don’t always have to replace a PC but if you have the funds it is the better option. It has been proven that a new machine has less downtime and is a lot faster than the previous generation.