4 Things to Know When Replacing your Computer

It happened. You’ve seen it coming over the past few months. Your browser just hasn’t been opening up the same lately. Things take forever to download, no matter how fast your router and internet speeds are. Even your favorite game seems to ignore you whenever you double click. Trying to access that important document for work has now become one of life’s more arduous tasks.

Now, it’s coming to an end. That slow crawl to the finish line has finally climaxed with a great blue screen of death. You helplessly pound away at that power button, praying for it to turn on. For your computer of the last seven years to boot up one last time, it’s hard disk spinning with such ferocity, so you can send that important work e-mail. But alas, it is without avail, and the time for a new computer has come.

It’s something that must be done quickly. Those e-mails aren’t going to reply to themselves. You have to write those reports. You need to recover all of the data off of your hard drive. 

First step is to take a deep breath, and understand that everything is going to be okay. This is for the better. You’d been wasting a lot of time watching loading screens and spinning cursors over the past year or two. You now finally have the opportunity, the obligation, to upgrade and get yourself a nice computer that will last you another long time. 

Just don’t mess this up. It isn’t everyday you buy a computer. You certainly don’t want it to be everyday.

Here are some tips as you embark on your quest for an upgrade.

Don’t sell yourself short. You walk into the computer store and see the wall of computers that only cost $200-400 dollars. Be wary, as yes, it is too good to be true. There’s not like wasting money on a heap of plastic with an Intel Pentium processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM. You’ll be back at the computer store in no time, and for the money you spent, I doubt you’ll be cruising the internet any faster than you were when your old friend was passing away. Get yourself something encased in aluminum, with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM. Don’t be a savage, get yourself at least an i5 processor. Take advantage of the latest solid state hard drives. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond what you expect to use it for; this should be an investment, not a rental.

Understand your needs AND your wants. You need this computer to do word processing, be able to load documents and larger files at a good rate, and handle programs like iTunes, Outlook and Skype. Nothing major, right? But you also like perusing YouTube every now and then, and your friends have been trying to get you back on DOTA 2 for some casual gaming on the weekends. Your computer is going to be a key part of your life, and if it’s going to be the only one you own, get yourself something that will satisfy you when you need a break from work as well. 

Many people have both a work computer and an entertainment computer, but that’s not always a financial decision everybody can make. For some people (myself included), I have one computer. I got myself a nice Macbook Pro that can handle everything I like to do and more, because who knows when I might want to start dabbling in things like video editing. 

Consider payment plans to get something that works for you. Computers can be really expensive, and a lot of the best devices even for regular needs can cost over a thousand dollars. Then when you consider things like protection plans, laptop sleeves, accessories like headphones, a docking station and a mouse, it adds up to become a lot of money. Most reputable technology stories, like Best Buy, offer financing plans to help spread the cost of everything out over time. That way, you can get something great today and pay it off at your convenience, and get back to work so you CAN pay it off. It’s also a great way to build credit, as well.

Think about what this computer may be used for five years from now. Then think ten years. Think as far down the road as you can. Make this computer time-proof. Understand that operating systems upgrade. Years from now, you won’t be using Windows 10 or macOS Sierra. You won’t be using this year’s version of Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop. Foolproof your computer so that in the coming years, it will still be an efficient machine for your everyday uses. This means investing in a computer with a decent-sized solid state hard drive, something in the range from 256 gigabytes to 512 gigabytes. Get something with an absolute minimum of 8 gigabytes of RAM. Look at computers with i5 or, even better, i7 processors. The more powerful your computer is now, the longer it will be able to keep up with ever-upgrading software.

As somebody who has sold computers, I have seen time and again people sell themselves short of an opportunity to invest in something that will last them a long time. Then come back with regret written all over their face, as in just a few months they realized what a mistake they made. You don’t need to spend $2000 on the latest Macbook, there are countless devices that work great for many people. Be flexible with your budget, consider payment plans, and understand that because technology changes every day, getting something that will last a long time is extremely important to stay up to date and save yourself the money in the long run.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you take my advice! Don’t sell yourself short, get yourself something nice and long-lasting. Hit that follow button and like our Facebook page to read all of our latest posts and updates.