Cycling Through Computers

Some of the pre-built systems companies, and average users use last a while, but mostly they are undisturbed internally and chug along just fine as they are. When swapping out the parts for new parts in the event of failure, it’s usually a sign that the system has begun it’s decline; the eventuality of ad-hoc swapping results in a prolonged nightmare were a system will only get slower and slower over time. The older the system gets the harder it will become to source those parts for that system, though if it’s a pre-build it may be a little easier depending on the model and brand of the system.

Some professionals and hobby enthusiasts like to argue that a system will keep going for many years without any real problems, as long as the parts are swapped out when they fail, and the system is kept in check. But in all honesty all computers should be cycled out after 5 or 6 years to keep technology moving forward with the software. Those people who cling to the past are the ones who create the large gap between software and hardware that slows the flow of technology as we advance forward.

If you have had a computer for more than 6 years, then the investment you made so long ago would have already paid off, and ad-hoc swapping of parts and chain maintenance cycles that are bound to occur once it has began it’s decline to the abyss is not only going to be stressful, but eventually the cost and time will start to add up. It’s better to get a new computer once your system has entered it’s first cycle of critical failure, or became super slow and unreliable after a 5 – 6 year period for example; some systems that are pre-build and cheap usually fail before the 5 – 6 year mark, though this is more common with Laptop systems than P.C tower systems.

So rule of thumb, don’t be cheap, and don’t cling to the past. Cycle through your computers and use your smarts; don’t take the advice from those in places like P.C World as the only view, as many there are just pushing sales and just reeling from a script.

Make sure to ask around and do your research before buying a new System; usually best to aim for around £500 for a new multimedia specification system, and if you can build one yourself then it’s even better and you will know exactly what you are putting in your system.