It’s a well known fact that if you buy a new car, as soon as you drive it off the forecourt, it has depreciated thousands of pounds. Similar things are said about PCs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones etc. The minute you get them home, the market offers even more powerful graphics cards, RAMs with far greater capacity or faster processors. But is that really true? When is a PC actually outdated? Should you upgrade or get a new device?
When does a computer become outdated and obsolete? There is a wide range of opinions on the subject. Some say they have to replace a key component every three months; others are advocates of a completely new purchase after 12 months. We recommend upgrading PCs and notebooks up to an age of about three years. After that, too many components will usually need to be replaced so that the calculation no longer comes out right. Otherwise, the following rule of thumb applies: If current software applications or games still run smoothly and free of bumps, you don’t have to do anything for the time being. Another aspect to be kept in mind is that, in the case of a new purchase, you will have to transfer all your own files, data, documents, photos and so forth to the new device (we recommend our data transfer service and setup service for new devices for all those confronted with this problem).
What is the deciding factor on whether to upgrade?
That’s easy: your wallet. The installation or expansion of hardware components is (when done properly) far cheaper than a new purchase. This is Ideal for all those who want to achieve a boost in performance with a relatively low investment. After all, often parts do not have to be replaced at the same time. Gamers especially know that upgrading the graphics card alone can significantly improve gaming. It only becomes difficult if the new graphics card does not fit into the motherboard or doesn’t match the housing. And, before you know it, more than one investment is due. So here’s our tip: It is essential to get advice from an expert before you spend money for no good reason.
Upgrade or new device – why do you need an expert?
One thing becomes clear in our example: Without in-depth expertise and technical know-how, the project can very quickly be a lot more expensive than originally thought. Our staff at TrustATec know exactly which components are compatible with one another, what makes sense and which components are completely unnecessary so that the upgrade is really cheaper in the end than a new purchase.
Our technicians check, for instance, whether CPU utilisation is very high, although only a few processes are active; how fast or slow loading is and what the reasons for it may be. Sometimes, the problem is not older hardware at all but unnecessary applications such as plug-ins and tool bars or various firewalls and virus scanners stumbling over one another. An expert analysis of the Task Manager or performance monitoring of Windows by TrustATec sheds light in the darkness.
How can you upgrade your computer?
When applications, programs and games don’t run smoothly or run very slowly, an upgrade or expansion of the random access memory (RAM) can often work miracles and dramatically boost the performance of your computer.
Whether multimedia, gaming, animation or video editing – there are things for which the latest graphics card is a must since the quality of the image display depends largely on the built-in graphics card, and the performance of the graphics card determines the maximum screen resolution. TrustATec technicians advise you individually and recommend the right graphics card for your computer.
Do you like watching movies on the DVD drives of your PC or laptop? Unlike DVDs, Blu-rays have a significantly higher data rate and storage capacity. The result: Blu-ray movies have a far higher resolution and thus great picture quality. If your PC or notebook is still equipped with a DVD drive instead of a Blu-ray drive, we can help with the right replacement service. We inform you in advance on the right hardware. If you wish, we also advise you on further upgrade options and perform the installation of the drive for you.
The power supply unit is a stand-alone device to supply your computer with power. A new power supply unit often brings more power for better components while consuming less electricity.
The motherboard is the main circuit board and thus the central component of the PC to which all other important components are attached, e.g. processor, graphics card and memory. We check your system for the right motherboards and suss out whether and what additional hardware is needed (e.g. a processor or memory).
After replacing an outdated hard disk, you’ll immediately notice a huge improvement in applications. The current trend is SSD hard drives, of course, which are silent, faster, more energy-efficient and considerably smaller than their conventional equivalents.
So there’s no one-fits-all answer to the question of when upgrading is the right thing to do and when a new purchase is called for. It always depends on the age and equipment of the computer and what you expect from it.
But: Before immediately ordering a new PC or laptop, get advice from an expert. Maybe the upgrading of individual components is a far more economical alternative.