Deciding whether to fix a broken computer or spring for a new one often feels like an expensive guess. The goal is to make it a better computer than it ever was for significantly less money than I’d pay for a new desktop system with those extras. But there’s no need to throw away good money on a bad product. In fact, repairing broken computer or keeping them going as long as possible isn’t always the best way to save money. How can you save money on repairs? People who used independent repair shops were more satisfied with the repairs than those who used factory service. A revamped PC will likely be more powerful than a new budget model. As with any renovation project, though, you need to be careful — if you buy the latest and greatest parts, you could end up paying more than you would have paid for a new PC.
Let’s take for example a four year old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop computer, new it cost $1,700, with a 17 inch monitor; today its old, slow and sometimes overheats. For about $250 dollars I could upgrade the system, by replacing the ram, updating my hard drive and operating system. This would boost my system performance by more than 30%, plus it cheaper than the price of a new computer. The goal is to make it a better computer than it ever was for significantly less money than I’d pay for a new desktop system with those extras.