Unsure whether or not to buy a new PC to replace an older one you're currently using? Most of the following 10 reasons to ditch your old company desktop or notebook may seem obvious, but some may be unexpected, overlooked signs to consider.
1. Cannot upgrade hardware
If you need to install a new graphics, network, sound or another kind of card inside your desktop, and there are no compatible slots (or there are none left), obviously, it's time to get a new computer. The same could be true for a notebook: If your notebook's motherboard won't support the addition of more memory beyond a certain capacity, or you can't upgrade to a new hard drive or SSD that uses the latest connector standard that your notebook doesn't support, it's time upgrade.
2. Outdated security
This is tied to upgrading hardware but should be noted separately. If security needs to be strengthened in your office, then odds are, most of the oldest computers in use will need to be replaced. They may not support the addition of security hardware (e.g., facial recognition cams, fingerprint readers). Or, an older computer may not effectively run the latest version of its operating system (Windows or macOS) that feature improved, stronger security.
3. Your computer's fans are getting noisy
If the fan in your computer – desktop or notebook – spins a lot and is noisy, this could indicate it's dirty and needs to be cleaned or replaced. But, if you're running the latest version of an application or operating system, these programs could be maxing out the older hardware of your computer, causing it to run warmer than usual.
4. Your computer is too big
This sounds superficial, but many new computers nowadays, including desktops, are small, yet pack a lot of power inside them. Replacing an older desktop with a newer model that's smaller frees up your desk or work space. A newer notebook can be thinner than your current, older one. Therefore, it's lighter and easier to tote.
5. Overall slow performance
This is the most obvious sign – your desktop or notebook runs slower than you remember. If you know malware isn't the cause, it's likely that the latest versions of applications you're running are taxing the hardware capabilities of your computer. But let's break down the possible causes further:
6. Loading applications takes a long time
Applications may take longer than usual to load on an aging computer. If you're running the latest version of an application, the hardware may not be able to keep up.
7. Software requirements
Your computer does not meet the minimum hardware requirements to run the latest version of an application that you use in your work. Yet even if it does, the newest version of this application may run sluggish on an older computer.
8. Newest version of the operating system
The same holds true if the latest release of the operating system for your computer (i.e., Windows or macOS) does not perform as efficiently and nimbly as the previous version. You may need to either roll back to the older version – or it's just time to buy a new computer.
Your computer has difficulty running two or more applications simultaneously. You can't jump quickly among applications that are open on the operating system desktop. There's a noticeable delay from a few to several seconds, or an application crashes as a result. A similar issue could arise when you are switching among open tabs in a web browser.
10. Slow startup, shutdown
Your desktop or notebook takes an extraordinary amount of time to start when you first boot it up, or to shut down. This could also be caused by too many applications that are set to automatically load and run in the background of the operating system whenever you start your computer. Or, your computer's hard drive may be running out of space.