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Hardware Upgrades

When to Upgrade?

The rule of thumb should be this: Upgrade when the cost of not upgrading exceeds the cost of upgrading. New hardware should help you work faster and more efficiently. Or maybe you need to upgrade your hardware to run new software applications that will improve productivity. If that is the case, upgrading is your best bet. Similar situations include a broken PC, one that crashes regularly, or one that keeps you from doing the work you need to do. Clearly, in each of these cases, it will cost you more to put off the upgrade than to go ahead with it.

If you have crunched the numbers and you need to upgrade, do not just rush out and buy the coolest, fastest, priciest computer on the lot. The best way to put off the inevitable obsolescence of your next computer is to make sure it meets all your business needs.

Take a look, not only at your current computing needs, but also at what your future requirements might be. Will you need a full-featured database program in the future? Will you run memory-hogging graphics programs or other special applications? And will your new machine integrate with your current network? Doing a little research at this stage may just save you a lot of money down the road.