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When should I Upgrade My Computer?

Historically, we have talked about how to choose the right software for your business. This time we will look at a similar problem but this time from the hardware angle. If anything, choosing the right hardware is potentially more confusing than selecting

With talk of BITS, BYTES, GIGA this and MEGA that, someone without a technical background could get out of their depth pretty quickly. Because of this, consultants can and have built entire careers around advising businesses when to upgrade their hardware and what to. Recommending whether you should invest in the latest gadget, or stick with tried and tested technology? Some of the factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing whether to upgrade your system are:

Hidden Costs - The price you have been quoted for your shiny new system isn't the only cost you will incur, you will also expend time, energy, and money to transfer files from you original system to your new equipment. Unless there is a real business case for updating or upgrading system, your money will be better spent elsewhere.

Stopgap Measures - It may be that things are just running a little slow and you need to look at adding some extra memory or, god forbid, you need to do some housekeeping.

Compatibility - It is essential that you check that the hardware you are looking to buy is compatible with the software that will be used with it. This may increase the costs of the upgrade should you need to upgrade software as well as hardware. It will almost certainly complicate the process of upgrading.

One way of keeping this process as simple as possible is paying a little extra for mainstream equipment. Although you can save a few pennies from buying unbranded (white label) equipment, I personally would always recommend sticking to the major manufacturers. These are manufacturers such as HP, IBM, Toshiba, Dell and Acer when looking at Server, PC or Laptop purchases. This way you know that parts are generally in good supply, as is warranty support and support from 3rd parties such as Affinity. You will find that IT Service Providers such as ourselves will be more capable of supporting you and generally faster and cheaper when working with mainstream equipment.

This article was first published : 17.12.2012