Something goes wrong and you know your PC needs to go into the shop. Maybe it’s a virus which can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 to repair or the hard drive failed which can also be about a $300 repair bill.
Should you get it repaired or just buy a new PC for $300?
The answer isn’t a simple yes or no as it depends on several factors.
The number one thing people forget about when it comes to PC repair is their data. Most people view their PC like they would their blue-ray player – if it breaks, just buy a new one. The problem is that computer users are creating data at a greater rate than ever before. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of data for every person on the earth which is 57 times the amount of all of the grains of sand on all the beaches on earth.
That’s a lot of data! So what are we saving on our hard drives?
For the most part, it’s photos and videos – our memories. We also create and save documents and spreadsheets using the popular Microsoft Office Suite, for example. Other programs and apps such as Quicken, for example, create data that helps to manage our finances and budgets.
All of this data has to be considered when deciding to buy a new PC. So buying a new $300 computer can still actually cost more than a $300 repair bill because in many cases, a computer repair store charges to move and organize the data from the old PC to the new one.
Sometimes it’s just time for a new PC. The average lifespan of a PC is three to five years. So if your five year old PC is in the shop for repairs it may just be time to replace it.
The best thing to do when you have computer problems is to take it to a reputable and trusted computer repair business and let them help you make the right decision.
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