How Often Should You Upgrade Your Computers?

Laptops and desktop computers are pretty big investments. They don’t come cheap – especially if you’re looking for a good quality model that will allow you to carry out an array of tasks. So, it’s not all too surprising that the majority of us want our computer devices to last as long as possible once we’ve invested in them. There are a host of things you can do to maximise the longevity of your device. Being careful while using it, avoiding drinking around it or using it near bodies of water, carrying it in a case to prevent hardware damage and always updating the software while protecting it from viruses. But at the same time, technology advances quickly and – even if your older computer is still functioning fine – failing to upgrade your device can result in you missing out on features and benefits of newer models. So, how often should you realistically be upgrading your computer? Here’s some more information that can help you to determine when it’s time to move up a spec!


According to Computer Hope, the average person should expect to replace their computer once every four years. They make this assumption based on a cost analysis, plus the average time it takes to wear out the internal parts of a standard computer. Home Computer Help offers a slightly different estimate, guessing that you should upgrade your desktop every five years and your laptop every three to four years. Of course, few people do actually upgrade this often. For the amount that you fork out on a computer, you are going to want to get a good run from it. However, computers just aren’t built to last a particularly long time. On top of this, software updates are so frequent that old machines are phased out more quickly than they used to be, as they may simply struggle to keep up with the new software, or may be completely incompatible with new software.

Signs You Should Upgrade

  1. Your computer won’t upgrade anymore

A key indicator that your laptop has served its time is that it will no longer update. You don’t get offered the latest updates and releases, which means that you’ll rapidly fall behind if you don’t upgrade soon. Failing to update means that your computer’s system requirements don’t meet the necessary minimums to update to the newest version that is recommended for your preferred operating system. If you’re unsure whether your computer can’t upgrade due to its age or another internal problem, contact Wave Technologies who will be able to advise you further.

  1. It overheats regularly

All computers get hot when you use them. But if your computer is constantly overheating (and the fan slots aren’t blocked), chances are, it has accumulated so much dust inside over time that can result in overheating and damage internal components. It may be time to upgrade.

  1. Slow performance

Does it take forever for your computer to turn on? Do screens and programmes load slowly? Are there constant delays? Your computer may be too old to cope with new programmes. This could be an indicator that it’s time to invest in a new one.

Of course, there are plenty more signs that your computer requires an upgrade, but these key indicators should be taken note of. Hopefully, some of the information above will help to keep you up to date and operating at full capacity!

Chris Turn

Chris has experience covering the latest trends in the small business world, and has a reputation for being a knowledgeable, creative and strategic blogger. He has a deep understanding of marketing and branding principles and how they can be applied to small businesses, and is able to provide actionable advice and strategies for success. Chris has interviewed industry experts and covered major marketing events such as the SXSW Interactive conference and the Advertising Week conference. He is also a successful small business owner himself, which allows him to bring a unique perspective to his blogging and writing. His blog is known for providing valuable insights and tips on how to effectively market and brand a small business.