Making the decision to buy a new computer isn’t one I take lightly. Even with a solid backup in place, it’s a pain in the neck to migrate my stuff to a new computer. And I always — always! — worry that I’m going to miss something and lose some critical file that will forever haunt my dreams. And that’s in addition to the expense of buying a new computer and all the other annoyances of getting it set up.
So it behooves you to make your existing computer last as long as possible. In that spirit, here’s an infographic that helps you ferret out the root causes of slow performance and stave off the next computer purchase as long as possible.
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Think your PC might be almost ready for the trash heap? Here are a few articles that might help:
- Your computer might just be dirty. Clogged fans and a cat fur-covered motherboard could also be slowing things down due to heat. Here’s how to clean the inside of your computer safely.
- Like the infographic says, you might be able to make a few smart, inexpensive upgrades to keep your existing PC humming. Here’s what you should consider.
- Is it really time to buy a new computer? Then you need this article on how to reuse, resell, or recycle your existing PC.
Infographic credit: Crucial
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