Once upon a time, computer users used to operate the same desktop hardware for many years. In the days of the Intel 80486 microprocessors with Plug-and-Play motherboard architecture, computer owners in Victorville and across the High Desert were able to switch from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 and from Windows 98 to Windows NT. The temptation to buy a new system was always there, but repairs, updates, and upgrades were widely preferred.

By the time Intel family of Pentium processors transitioned from the enterprise world to California households, Moore’s Law had become subject to new interpretations. In terms of personal computing, everything seemed to be getting better and more affordable when Microsoft started working on project Whistler, which eventually became Windows XP. The late Steve Jobs returned to Apple to introduce the iPod, iPhone, and iPad while Microsoft broke its software-only rule to start producing the Xbox video game console.

New Interpretations to Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law was rumored to start slowing down in 2015, but this hypothesis was mostly related to the rising cost of producing high-end processors and other motherboard components; in 2017, however, new trends in fabrication, as well as the emergence of affordable tablets and mini-PCs powered by Windows 10, have put Moore’s Law back on track.

With the above in mind and getting back to the original question of whether a computer should be repaired, upgraded or replaced with a new one, it helps to think about the current state of television. An older TV set that does not support the new digital transmission standards will require certain adapters just to function at a basic level, and even this process of adaptation will not be enough to process high definition signals.

Moore’s Law states that a new and modern computer will always be faster; however, this should not be accepted as the only option. Just like in the 486 days, computer owners in Victorville who wish to hold on to their systems for a little longer can do so with upgrades, repairs, and optimization. Purchasing a new desktop or laptop is not something that is written in stone; even older hardware that cannot handle further upgrades can be transformed and given a new purpose with new Linux or Android operating systems.

Before buying a new computer in Victorville, bring your existing system to PC Performance Pros to talk about repair and upgrade options. You would be surprised at how much you might be able to save.