Purchasing a computer is no small expense, so it’s likely one that you don’t want to jump into unless absolutely necessary. So, when is the right time to buy a new computer? How can you tell when yours is ready to be retired and replaced? We’ve put together a few tips that you can use to make sure that you don’t spend your money unless absolutely necessary.

Are You Starting to Experience Problems with the Computer?

Of course, one of the biggest tip-offs that it’s time to purchase a new computer is if it starts to have problems and issues. But even then, there may still be hope for it. Take for example lost data. There is data recovery software available that you can use at home to recover content that has been lost. If this data loss was a one-time event, then using this software makes complete sense.

What’s important to pay attention to is how often these problems are happening and if they seem to be increasing on a regular basis.

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Is it Extremely Slow to Boot Up?

Remember when you first bought your computer and it was so quick to boot? If that seems like a distant memory and it now seems to take a big chunk of time, your computer could be on its way out. Not only is this a big red flag, it is incredibly annoying to have to sit around and wait for it to load all the content and start up. Today’s top laptops take approximately six seconds to boot up, which gives you a general idea of what to expect.

Is It Heating Up?

This can be said of laptops and desktops. If your computer heats up very quickly and stays that way, there’s a good chance the fan is no longer operating properly. Without the fan working as it should, you risk overheating your computer and losing all your data.

There Is a Severe Lack of Space

Depending on how you use your computer and what sort of games and software you have loaded, you may reach the point where you start to run out of storage space. Sure you can use an external hard drive but that’s more of a bandage than a permanent fix.

Your Operating System is Out-of-Date

Operating software is necessary for your computer to run smoothly, and because new software seems to be released every three to four years, updating it is required. The older your computer gets, the more out-of-date its hardware will be. It will reach a point where you need to update your operating system but you are no longer able to. This can start to affect how your computer runs, if you can access certain programs and apps, how websites appear, and more.

This factor alone is often the kiss of death for desktops and laptops.

Weighing Your Options

Rushing into a big purchase is never a wise idea, especially when it comes to technology. Instead it’s best to evaluate your computer and determine how operational it is before coming to a conclusion.