This week I have posted blogs on how to upgrade an old PC and installing more memory. The main lesson I ‘ve taken away from my upgrade is that it is pretty easy and there is a genuine improvement in the performance of Windows XP, my web browsing experience, files seem to open quicker and multimedia really flies. I think the general responsiveness of the PC has improved dramatically: it’s like a new machine.
Now, while businesses may well choose to buy new PCs every couple of years, the old ones can always be upgraded relatively easily and at low cost to make them work better. Now Dell, HP, Lenovo and others can sell a brand new budget desktop under the £300 mark (such as Dell’s Vostro 200 Mini Tower), offering dual core, x64 memory addressing, 2Gbytes of dual channel memory. But the cost of any new PC is much more than simply its purchase price.
Think of the environmental impact from its manufacture to when it arrives on your desk; installation of your software environment and disposal of the PC it replaces. These all add up. Perhaps it is worth spending a little time, effort and money upgrading instead.