Almost everyday I help someone decide if their PC is worth fixing. Sometimes that decision can be quite challenging. You can usually decide by looking at the cost of the repair compared to the cost of a new computer. Your costs WILL vary depending on your computer repair shop. For a personal computer you should not pay more than $100 on labor and that’s on the high side. Hardware prices are usually the same just about anywhere you go. A decent new computer can be easily obtained for around $600. If you are going to spend $300 to fix your old computer, you are already half way to buying a new one.
How do you know when you should choose to repair your old computer?
If your old computer is less than 2 years old, the hardware is in decent condition and your costs are below $100, it may be worth it. You may want to even upgrade your ram and/or replace that CD burner with a DVD burner, bringing your total to around $150 to $200. I see a lot of laptops that are in great condition other than a failed hard drive or cracked screen. You can have the hard drive or the screen replaced usually for around $150 at a shop. It’s even cheaper if you find the right deal online for parts and fix it yourself. Some people buy the parts online and bring them to a shop for a small labor charge.
How do you know when it’s time to buy a new PC?
If your computer is older than three years, the operating system is older than the two latest editions and you’ve been thinking about upgrading, a new PC may be right for you. If your repair bill is going to be more than half the cost of a new computer and your computer is a few years old, you may want to go with the new PC. Nobody wants to spend the extra cash, but if you pay $300 now and another $200 in six months you will be kicking yourself for spending the cash.
Whether you buy a new PC or get your current PC repaired, make sure you get a great deal. I always say, “Support your local small business.” You will spend less money and you will have more personalized service. Call around and talk to your local computer shops. If they treat you right by answering your questions and make you feel comfortable, give them your business. It is also a good idea to ask your friends and family who they recommend.
If you are unsure about your computer, or you have anything to add please feel free to comment below.