Gosh, this PC is slow! It’s really been getting slower and slower. What should I do? Should I buy a new one? There’s some really nice ones…I think… advertised in the Sunday paper and on the Internet. But, what should I choose?

These thoughts or questions familiar?

Whoa… let’s work the problem.

There are a few things to consider in the question:

Do I need a new PC?

  1. Is the current PC at-risk?
    1. Electronics/hardware are aged 5 years or greater.
    2. PC hardware and Operating System cannot support new applications or printers, etc.
  2. Are we waiting on the PC? Losing productivity?
  3. What are we not doing or can’t do with the existing PC?
  4. What will we be doing with a new PC? << MOST IMPORTANT>>
  5. What, if any, new features do we need?
  6. Do we need a different type, like a laptop?
  7. Is our business expanding?
  8. We just like new stuff?

A few Roork’s Rules on Small Office IT Life Cycles:

  1. Business users should plan and budget to replace PC’s in a 5-year cycle or shorter*.
  2. Small business users should always maintain and exercise ‘hot-spares’.
  3. Buy equipment tailored for your business…not a general consumer.
  4. Pigmented, all-in-one, ink jet printers are recommended.
  5. Run inexpensive printers to end-of-life.
  6. For less than 25,000 prints/copies a year (color or B/W), avoid expensive printers and third-party leased/contract printers. And, their maintenance plans.
  7. Have a backup printer.
  8. Use a reputable Anti-virus/anti-malware application, usually, not the one pre-installed on the PC.
  9. Use automatic, on-line backups, like Carbonite.

* Consumer users – PC life – 5 to 7 years or longer, if they can accept the risks.

Some universal PC considerations:

  1. The PC’s CPU (central processing unit,) the computer chip, is always running as fast as it did the day it came out of its box.
  2. PC’s slow down because they get bogged down with many useless tasks that aren’t bringing anything to the party’.
  3. Applications and ‘features’ are added without user requests, permissions or even, awareness. These programs run in the background sucking up the computer’s resources resulting in slowdowns. Many of the hidden apps are malware.
  4. Periodic, routine cleaning and tuning keeps the speed and productivity at peak levels. Some of this can be DIY maintenance.
  5. Mechanical (HD’s) hard-drives, the spinning kind, are slow compared to modern (SSD’s)solid-state drives. The increase in speed means less wait time and more productivity.
  6. Multiple video monitors can provide significant productivity boosts.
  7. Get a seasoned IT professional’s advice for new a PC to fit your needs. You will capture the most benefit if you know what you want to do with your new PC, before asking for the specifications.

The informed PC shopper is a wise and effective buyer.

‘You pays your money and you takes your choice’, A. Huxley.