Need some more memory for your computer? Need to upgrade all of your computer hardware? Should you get a Mac or PC? When is the right time to spend the money to make a substantial upgrade?

I myself have come to a point where I am having issues with my computer that have made me contemplate whether or not I should upgrade.

When should you upgrade:

When your computer is substantially hurting your performance and efficiency.

  • If you spend 2 hours a day on your computer and upgrading your computer would give you even a conservative  10% boost in performance, you could save 12 minutes a day, that’s 4380 minutes a year or 73 hours. I myself use my computer a heck of a lot more than 2 hours a day. Also that 10% efficiency improvement could be larger if its been a while since you have upgraded.

When you spend as much time as I do on the computer.

  • Building off the point above, I spend a lot of time on my computer, especially on weekends. The fact that I spend that much time makes it very easy to justify an upgrade that I desire. I like to think that an upgrade should last you about 2 to 2.5 years. If you take 2.5 years * 365 days * hours a day of usage – it becomes fairly easy to justify a cost. Let’s say you are a heavy user at 3 hours a day, that is 2,737.5 Hours of use!  [2.5 *365* 3= 2737.5 hours]

When your computer is so old that components are harder to find and more expensive to replace.

  • A great example of this is DDR2 and DDR3 ram. DDR2 ram is older – however it is more expensive than DDR3. As  time goes on – the older components become harder to find (especially at good prices). If it would be near impossible to repair or replace your computer if a component failed – it’s time to upgrade.

Mac or PC? That is the debate. I’m going to sum it up as short and sweet as possible.

Mac’s are generally easier, less hassle, and a more polished product. They tend to be virus immune and definitely cater to people who do not want to deal with the hassles of formatting hard-drives, having driver issues, etc.. PC’s tend to be cheaper and slightly more nimble and upgradable (if you later want to upgrade components), but for the general user the only real advantage now a days is simply cost. $700 dollars would get a PC that would keep up or surpass a Mac that costs twice that, but if you want the hassle-free experience it might be better to pony up for the Mac.

I could sit here and analyze the difference between the two, but as I said – short and sweet. Mac = Easier and PC = Cheaper.

I myself tend to go on the cheaper side and go with the PC. I find myself constantly frustrated with my PC, but the price is just too steep for me to embark on a journey with Apple. Most likely I will drop about $500 – $700 and have a computer that will hold me over for years.

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