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How to tell it’s time to get a new computer

Hungry software. More demanding operating systems. Intensive multi-tab web browsing. Immersive games. You ask a lot of your computer, but the pace of technology keeps moving right along, and our computers can’t always keep up. How do you know when it’s time to kiss your old computer goodbye and welcome a new system into your life? You can start by trying to clean up your system with some software-based housekeeping tools (check out some of our suggestions), but ultimately, even high-end computers will reach the end of their usable lifespan.

Here are some signs that it may be time to invest in a new machine:

You’re frustrated

You can eat a full breakfast in the amount of time it takes your computer to start up. You twiddle your thumbs waiting for programs to open. You type and it takes a moment for the text to appear on the screen. Simple tasks seem to take forever. You have 15 tabs open in your browser and everything is moving at a crawl. Hello, frustration. If you’ve ruled out software issues, then it’s time to have a frank evaluation of your computer's hardware.

Think about this in terms of productivity. How much time do you waste waiting on your computer? Are you missing out on the latest and greatest software because your computer can’t handle it? It’s probably time to put that old system into retirement.

A computer’s lifespan will vary, but if you’ve had the same system for four or five years, then it has lived a good life and is likely past its prime. This can be especially true if the system wasn’t exactly cutting edge when you first bought it.

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