26 Reasons Why You Need A New Computer


Computers can be used for a wide range of activities, including checking emails, work, school requirements, and more.

However, as computers become older, it slows down with time and it becomes increasingly difficult to install new programs and operating system upgrades. It might be time to upgrade the engine on your old computer. Here are some arguments in favour of getting a new computer rather than replacing an old one.

1. Your computer has low memory

If the computer only has 4 GB of RAM, it will be difficult to perform multiple tasks. For example, you might be able to open 10 tabs in your browser at the same time, while some applications can take up a lot of memory on their own. If there is not enough memory available for programs and processes to run, they may freeze or crash unexpectedly. This can become particularly frustrating if you are working with an application that freezes every time you attempt to save its progress.

Your machine might not have the resources needed to run certain applications. For example, if your computer is running very slowly even though it has only minimal requirements indicated by the software publisher, what this generally means is that your computer doesn’t have enough RAM or Virtual Memory. Having these two aspects of your computer in working condition is essential because they affect how fast your machine will respond when you launch certain programs.

2. The computer has slowed down since purchase

A computer’s performance starts to suffer as of its initial release date. The efficiency of the machine decreases over time, making it unable to keep up with new operating systems or even handle basic tasks such as surfing the internet or word processing.

Other reasons why computers tend to slow down is because files are added or changed frequently by users or software providers who release updates that need to load into the system registry. When the files are constantly being added, removed, and changed, the registry tends to become cluttered with unnecessary data.

The computer begins running slowly because it has difficulty accessing these files when they are scattered throughout different locations in the registry. A complete cleaning of the computer’s registry helps remove this unnecessary data which in turn helps speed up your system significantly.

Windows Registry Corruptions

Don’t worry, this isn’t your fault! The simple reason why your computer is running slowly is because you installed too many programs. We recommend uninstalling any program that you haven’t used in over six months or more than one year (because there may be security issues).

After looking at ‘Recently Used Programs’, choose to uninstall anything you no longer need/use regularly. If your computer still feels sluggish after uninstalling all of those extra unnecessary programs – even if they are taking up memory, its time to get it repaired.

At times you’ll notice that its overall speed will decrease over time – even if there is no visible change in terms of hardware upgrades or software installations. This usually happens due to increased fragmentation of storage devices and leftover junk files that waste valuable disk space needed for smooth operation.

To fix this problem once and for all, consider upgrading your computer with new storage drives and/or installing a cleaner application on your machine that’ll help you to regain all that disk space lost over time.

3. When virus threats constantly plague you

Virus threats become more prevalent over time as well because viruses constantly need to be updated in order to keep up with security encryption. Once existing viruses are successfully able to find a way around the encryption code used for protection, they are released into the wild where users can contract them whether knowingly or not.

It’s almost inevitable – security threats evolve constantly and if your device doesn’t receive the timely protection needed, then there is a chance that sooner or later hackers will gain access to your files. To avoid this situation, buy a new desktop that will be able to keep you in a safe zone even when browsing the web.

4. When applications take too long to start up

Applications that take a prolonged period of time to load can drag down your computer’s entire performance, thus triggering the need for an upgrade. When loading times are excessively long it becomes difficult to quickly switch between windows or even open new program windows.

5. Hard drive malfunctions and disk read/write errors occur frequently

The number one cause of a computer malfunction is a faulty hard drive. If you notice unexplained crashes while reading files from your hard disk, this could be a sign of impending hardware failure due to the high number of read/write cycles that have been performed on your hard drive over the course of its life.

6. Excessive heat causes decreased performance levels

The number one enemy of electronic devices is heat, causing overheating and malfunction of electronic components. If your computer experiences more heat than it used to, this may cause a variety of performance related issues such as random crashes and booting problems, which can eventually lead to permanent damage, rendering the device unusable.

7. You have a laptop, and it just isn’t working for you anymore

Over many years of using a computer, it’s quite likely that you may have found yourself in a situation where a portable device just wasn’t useful enough to handle what was asked from it. In this case, don’t hesitate – buy yourself a new desktop instead! This way, you will benefit from increased computing power and the comfort of less limited mobility.


8. Bad design choices

Although modern computers are powerful enough for demanding software and programs, their design can sometimes become a problem if it’s unable to handle all the hardware components, so they don’t overheat. Therefore, it may be useful to consider buying a computer with improved ventilation, new parts or even ask the manufacturer for some more specific recommendations.

9. Cannot connect to Wi-Fi or other devices wirelessly

Even though wireless connections take less effort and time than having to set up every device with a network cable, they can also become problematic when it comes to compatibility issues. If you’ve been struggling with losing the Internet connection while going online even though your internet service provider has confirmed that everything was working fine, it might be a good idea to test out different settings until you solve the issue.

There are many third-party programs that have been created specifically for testing the optimal settings for wireless networks so you should download one of them for free before calling customer support.

10. Hardware issues

There are times when you need to upgrade your desktop because the hardware of your computer just isn’t working right. For example, if your computer’s sound is scratchy and unbalanced, it’s very likely that you’ll want new speakers to replace the old ones. Or maybe your computer doesn’t charge the battery anymore, so buying a replacement for this device will help prolong your machine’s life without having to carry around an AC adapter all day long.

11. Up-to-date hardware

A common reason why people buy new computers is because they want faster processing speeds than their previous machines were able to provide them with. Even though there might not be any immediate issues with using slower equipment, it can still get really frustrating after a while. Buying new hardware is one of the most effective ways to get better performance out of your computer.


Even if you’re satisfied with how your machine’s running right now, purchasing RAM or an updated graphics card might be all that it takes for your productivity levels to increase exponentially. It could be that you want to upgrade your storage capacity so there will be enough space on the hard drive for all your photos, videos, and music files. If this is what you need then adding more memory is worth doing.

12. Your computer takes forever to load web pages

Almost every time you open up your browser and try to go somewhere, there’s an excruciating lag while you wait for it to fully appear on your screen. This is because websites are getting increasingly more complex, and browsers are becoming increasingly more powerful for your computer to handle all of these changes. Your current machine cannot keep up, even if it’s only five years old. However, remember that you do not have to buy a brand new one; instead try starting with something like an i5 processor.

13. You have no space left on your hard drive for programs or documents

14. Your peripherals are falling apart and malfunctioning

15. You never bother to learn how to use all the features on your current machine because they’ve become so complicated over time

16. The processing speed of your computer just isn’t consistent enough for you anymore

17. Your computer is over five years old

18. You feel like you’ve just outgrown your current machine

When you bought your computer, there were some programs that came preinstalled on it by the manufacturer or store where you purchased it from. It was probably Windows 8 or 8.1, Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Skype, VLC Media Player and Chrome (IE is most likely included). But now, they are out of date. They are not optimized for the new windows, take up unnecessary space and resources.

You can easily replace these with other programs that will do the same exact thing, but better. Just like everything else, computers will eventually become obsolete (out of style / old). If you want to avoid having an old and out-of-style looking computer, then we recommend upgrading.

19. You want to use all the amazing new technology that’s constantly being developed for computers

20. You’re tired of dealing with the same old software

21. You want to edit photos and videos faster than ever

Before you decide that it’s time for a new computer, we highly encourage taking some time and learning more about how computers work.

22. You can’t handle normal sized windows

As it is with slow computers, if your computer is making you frustrated by not being able to open or close windows efficiently.

23. Your power bill is too high

Computer components are demanding of electricity and therefore more expensive than they need to be because of their large energy consumption. Even though there isn’t much you can do about the price of the hardware (considering that Apple/OEMs make a pretty decent profit), if your yearly power bill is hitting $250AUD+ per year, then you probably want to consider how much you’re doing on your computer. If you are not using it for at least 8+ hours per day, then consider hibernating rather than turning it off completely or perhaps try some of the low-energy alternatives instead of booting your usual OS.

24. Your current PC is making too much noise

This is especially important if you live with other people, and they complain about how loud your computer is because it disturbs them. If this happens to be the case, then definitely upgrade to a new PC. However, there are many things you can do to reduce fan speeds/noise. One way that I have found works very well is to buy some dust which you attach to the outside of your PC, and this greatly reduces fan noise by stopping dust getting into the fans.

25. Your computer takes too long to boot up

If this is a problem for you then you might want to consider buying a new PC. Many PCs take an age just to load Windows these days because they have so much stuff that needs loading into memory straight away rather than being able to run from the RAM only as was previously common.

One way around this is to buy a desktop but I would recommend instead installing Linux on it if possible because Linux boots up quick compared with Windows because it does not have all those unnecessary things loading up when you start it.

26. Take advantage of instant asset write-off

If you use your computer for your business, you will be able to claim your computer on your tax return. Many of our clients order PCs when it’s closer to the end of the financial year (around May/June).

You can visit ATO for more details regarding this.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...