In an ideal world, your PC would last forever—unfortunately, no computer does. Eventually, every computer slows down, even if you’re using it for the exact same functions you were five years ago. Whether it be replacing a computer hard drive
, or installing a new graphics card, repairs and replacements are part of owning a computer. In order to get the most out of your investment, you’re probably looking to stretch the lifespan of your computer out for as long as you can. So, which parts should you repair—and which parts should you replace?
Your computer consists of various components and pieces of technology, each designed with their own specific purpose. Before you decide on which part to replace, you must first diagnose the issue. Be sure that the problem isn’t a software issue; run a virus or malware test to see if your computer is corrupted. If a damaging virus does exist, then replacing your computer software may be your best option. Other components that you’re better off replacing include motherboards, data drives, RAM, power supply units, and cooling fans.
There are several reasons why replacing your motherboard is beneficial. First off, motherboards tend to have a short life cycle (about 3-4 years). Although there aren’t any moving parts, motherboards tend to be fragile in design. The smallest malfunction can turn catastrophic in the blink of an eye. The capacitors on a motherboard will naturally deteriorate over time due in part to heat, static, and moisture.
Data drives come in two variations: hard disk drives and solid-state drives
. The computer’s operating system resides within these drives and acts as the brain of the PC. Hard disk drives are mechanical and will diminish as time goes on. They are susceptible to scratches; it may stop reading data, or a power surge may render the parts inoperable. Solid state drives are similar to flash memory chips. Although they have no moving parts, extreme temperatures can damage them and they’re able to be hacked. Replace this part immediately if it starts to act faulty.
The random-access memory, or RAM, makes it possible for the computer to find specific information quickly. It is used as the main memory component
in computer systems and is crucial to overall functioning capabilities. This is one of the first parts you should replace if you want to speed up your PC’s performance. Extreme temperatures and power surges are the main reasons that RAMs need maintenance. To ensure longevity, buy a high-quality module from a reputable manufacturer and regularly inspect the hardware.
A power supply unit (PSU) is what produces and transports power to different components in your computer. An average PSU should last anywhere between five and ten years. An effective way to prolong the lifespan is to minimize high-stress activities. If your PSU is malfunctioning, replace it as soon as possible.
If your computer starts operating loudly, there’s a good chance that your cooling fan needs attention. The mechanical nature of this part contributes to its malfunctions as they have moving parts that are prone to general wear and tear overtime. The deterioration process is accelerated by particles and dust that accrue on the blades
, and within the rotating element. Clean out any excess dust regularly to keep it from layering; be sure to replace the fan when necessary.
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