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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

Repair Or Replace It?

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What do you do when your computer feels like it is dying a slow death or it is a disaster waiting to happen? Or maybe it just died! The first thing to do is see how old your computer is. Most people will say, “It is only a couple of years old.” “A couple of years old” is usually about 4-8 years old in reality. If your computer is over 3 years old, you might want to think about replacing it. You can actually just replace the computer box itself and keep your monitor, keyboard and mouse if you like, or get one of the new wide screen monitors.

The cost to repair an old computer can be prohibitive. Some repairs can cost you $150 and up just to get started. With more RAM, a new hard drive and an upgrade to windows 7, your old computer will run faster, but not as fast as a new computer.

Average Cost To Repair An Old Computer:
Windows 7 $114
Hard drive $100
Ram 2GB $ 75
Labor $200+
Total $489+

A new computer with Windows 7 can be purchased at various retail outlets for as little as $399.99, with lifetime 24/7 toll-free phone support.

So, you can see that if you are going to spend the money anyway, the benefits of a new computer could be greater than paying to repair the old one.

Here is the computer that I was using to compare cost of replacement vs. repair:

ZT Systems 2082Na Desktop at $399.99
Processor: AMD Athon™ II X2 240 (2.80GHz)
Drives: 500GB Hard Drive, 22x max DVD±RW
Multimedia Card Reader
Keyboard & Mouse: Desktop Keyboard, Optical Mouse
OS& Software: Microsoft® Windows 7 Premium - 64 bit
Warranty: 2-year limited hardware parts and labor from date of purchase, lifetime 24/7 toll-free phone support, E-mail and fax support from 9am-6pm EST.

2010 is starting off with a bang, so please take the time to back up your important files before they are lost. Please contact me with any questions at (702) 294-1392 or visit my web site at

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