How quickly does my PC age?
When you go ahead and buy a new PC, you might think that it’s going to last you a decade. Sadly, the rate and the pace of developments in the industry means that this is very unlikely to be the case. Even buying a brand new PC today might mean that in 5-6 years you will have upgraded various parts of it. For the most part, you will find that PC components tend to age at a different rate from one another. For example, your monitor or your RAM is likely to last much longer with the modern standard than your CPU or your GPU.
Keep that in mind, as many people will decide to go and upgrade everything at once. However, a good and modern CPU should easily last for a period of a half-decade if not longer. That being said, a GPU should last for a similar length of time. Every year, we see massive jumps in performance standards and thus the demands that software will then ask of us.
For example, in terms of your CPU, it can come down to how many cores you have. Anything with at least four cores should last you for a good few years yet; anything either single-core or dual-core is likely to need an upgrade in the next 1-3 years. They are simply not the standard that is expected by the majority of modern tools for a PC today.
If you are looking to upgrade, then, you should definitely keep a close eye on the age of your PC. Anything older than five years is probably ripe for an upgrade, but it just depends on how quickly things advance. Like in any other industry, some years bring more significant progress than other years will.
So, should I just buy a new PC?
It really does depend on what you are looking at upgrading. For example, if you find that you are playing with a PC that is around 3-5 years old in terms of both GPU and CPU, it might need just those two objects upgraded. But if your motherboard cannot take a higher standard of hardware, then you need to upgrade that, too. This can also mean upgrading your RAM at the same time – at this point, is it not simply better for you to go ahead and buy something entirely new?
Whatever choice you make, the team at PC Revive will be happy to help you out. We can give you equal help with custom repair in Loxahatchee or simply going through a tune-up service. The best thing that you can do is come and speak to us. We can go through every aspect of the PC for you so that you know what you are buying, and why.
This is a major part of the process, and the best thing to do is to speak to us. We can then help you to work out whether or not you need to go and upgrade your PC or not. If we think a full new purchase is a better idea, we’ll be sure to let you know!