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7 Signs Your Computer Needs Upgrading

7 Signs Your Computer Needs an Upgrading

If you notice that your computer is acting funny, it may be time to upgrade to a new PC. Here are 7 signs that will let you know your computer needs upgrading.

The very first computer was created by Charles Babbage in 1822. However, the first computer made commercially available for general purchase was the Ferranti Mark I, which was used at Manchester University in 1951.

Today, almost seven decades later, the computer has been completely transformed. Now, just like any other electronic device, modern computers have a shelf life.

The good news is, unlike other devices, such as a tablet, smartphone, and even your microwave, you don’t have to throw your computer out at the first sign of a problem.

In fact, in most situations, making upgrades will be enough.

If you want to know when your computer needs upgrading, take your cues from the information provided here.

1. It’s Started Running Slower

When a computer is outdated, it will begin to run slowly, and the general performance level will fall.

Have you noticed your RAM is constantly full? Are the fans always on at top speed? Does the “blue screen of death" constantly pop up?

The fact is, an older PC will have older components. Even if you haven’t changed the way you are using your computer, your using habits may have become more demanding as time passes.

While there are some tips you can use to help speed up your PC, they aren’t always effective.

A possible fix for this is to add more RAM or even swap out your CPU for a newer and more capable machine. But, both of these actions may also require you to replace the motherboard or other components, as well.

Be sure to figure out how much you are going to have to spend before you pull the trigger. In some cases, replacing the entire device may be the best course of action.

2. Your Needs Have Changed

Did you originally purchase your computer when all you did was check your email and browse the internet? If so, you may be using a low-spec machine.

If your needs have suddenly changed, and now you use the computer to play games or do creative work such as video editing, then your PC may not be able to physically handle this new demand.

The good news is, any new software is going to tell you what your machine needs to run properly. This means you’ll have an idea before you do anything.

3. You Plan to Start Gaming – Hard

Gaming is considered one of the most intensive processes a PC can undertake. If you’re using an older PC, then the processor probably won’t be able to handle the graphics demands.

As a result, you need to consider what type of games you want to play to figure out the type of gaming PC you need. For example, if you are playing the “lighter titles" such as League of Legends of CS: GO, there’s no need to purchase an extremely expensive graphics card.

4. Your Computer is Physically Broken

If there is something on your PC that is actually broken, then it is worth your time and money to have it repaired.

While some parts, such as laptop batteries, are pretty easy to replace and don’t cost much, others are more difficult.

However, if there is quite a bit of damage present, especially on older laptops, it is probably going to cost you much more than what the machine is worth to have it fixed.

Don’t bother to do this, and instead put the money you would have spent toward a new one.

5. Newer Connections

If you have an old PC, then it will have ports that are consistent with the time they were new.

After all, VGA ports are no longer needed or wanted. Neither is the USB 2.0.

Today, the world has moved on to using USB 3.0 and other ports and connections, such as HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.

If you have a laptop, you are stuck with what the device comes with. Even if you use a desktop, the majority of ports being used are attached to the device’s motherboard.

If you opt to replace the motherboard with a more modern one, it may also require you to replace the CPU and RAM. At this point, you’re really looking at an all-new PC.

6. It’s Not Possible to Install the Latest OS

I the past, new OS versions weren’t a major priority. You would receive a new release every three or four years. When updates became available, users would have to pay to have it installed, and then breaks would often occur.

As a result, many people just stuck with the OS installed when they purchased it.

This is the precise reason that Windows XP outlasted its lifespan.

Thank goodness, this is no longer how things work. Apple provides annual, free updates to their OS X, and Microsoft has reached the same point with Windows 10.

7. Your Computer is Loud

As time passes, your PC is going to get louder than when it was new.

Do you turn it on and hear the hard drive begin to creak and squeak into action? If so, this may indicate impending hard drive failure.

In most cases, you can purchase a new computer for less than what it costs to replace your hard drive.

Signs Your Computer Needs Upgrading – Is it Time?

Don’t put off making a change when you notice your computer needs upgrading.

While upgrading computer hardware is sometimes an option, in some cases, it will just make more sense to get a new computer.

Consider the factors here to know for sure if you should upgrade or replace your PC.

If you are interested in the cost of repair services for your computer, be sure to contact us. We can help determine if repair or replacement is best for your computer upgrade.

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OriMaster 261
18:27 08 Jan 20
Very nice and helpful people, love the store atmosphere, and fair prices.... Overall a very pleasant experience!read more
Tracy cook
Tracy cook
00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
23:48 22 Oct 19
I went with a problem on my tablet and that is not something they are very... comfortable with but for computers that are used you should check it outread more
Carol Lyle
Carol Lyle
16:43 13 May 19
Am new to the area having problems with tower computer at the time. Was... advised to seek a locally owned business doing computer repair. I did and chose Community Computer Services in Alexandria, Ky. 41001. Did diagnostics as I was thinking problem with hard drive. Wasn't which was great price wise. Was able to clear out all viruses and malware. Saved my pictures and other personal folders and reloaded to computer. Also installed free virus and malware programs. Runs fast!! Also they gave me a week to use to see if incurred any problems. I did not!!! While taking care of tower computer explained how slow my laptop was. So brought it in. Was going to do diagnostics see what problem was. He told me it would be like a new computer. Advised me to use chrome. He saved my files and reloaded them so where I didn't lose anything. Also downloaded the free virus protection and malware. The laptop is brand new to me. It is fantastic!!!! So fast it has to wait on me. I would recommend anyone having computer problems to see Community Computer Services immediately. Very reasonable, courteous and explained things to me where I could understand. Excellent more
Sara housypart
Sara housypart
18:44 03 Apr 19
We took our mac into their store. It was running terrible. They were able to... make it run like it was new. I was surprised on how affordable it was. We will be going there from now on for all of our computer more
Steven Noble
Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
23:45 31 Mar 19
We have used Community Computer Services for many years now. They do a great... job! The pricing is great as well. If you need a laptop or desktop repaired in Northern Kentucky, then these are your more
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Piles Chevrolet
15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
Joe Geiman
Joe Geiman
03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
Penelope Kolb
Penelope Kolb
15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
B Bailey
B Bailey
01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
Daryl Mullins
04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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