What Is The Real Cost Of Upgrading To A New Computer?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  Back in the early 1990s when I was building computers for a living, I didn't understand why consumers where buying these cpu upgrade chips for $200+.  These chips where usually from AMD, and all that need to do the upgrade was to take out the current processor, connect it to the upgrade chip and connect them both to the motherboard and the computer should be faster. It would take about 5 minutes and $200 for a faster computer.

  Just recently I started to get annoyed on how slow one of my work computer is and decided to do an upgrade. Since I am doing an upgrade, I thought it would be a great time to just build a new computer instead of buying a regular computer from the stores like BestBuy, Walmart, or Dell. The parts including the processor, hard drive, and memory cost me about $1200. Took about 30 minutes to build the computer and 30 minutes to install Windows 7.

  I thought that it wasn't bad to spend $1200 for a computer, until I realize that I did not calcuate the other hidden expenses. The time to drive to the store and shop for the parts. Building and troubleshooting the computer. Installing Windows. And now, how to install programs and transferring saved files from the other computer.

  This made me realize why consumers in the past would rather paid the $200 or so to upgrade their processor so they can get back to work right away. Nothing to install and no other work.

  If you would have to give a dollar figure and hours, what would it cost you if you were upgrading to a new computer?

Comments (7)

Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

I hate upgrading computers.    Most of my computers were purchased when I opened my first office 7 years ago. They are all starting to fail and will probably need to be replaced.  Even if you decide to buy one from a store instead of building one you still have to drive to the store multiple stores and compare models, features etc.  I've been thinking of taking a class to learn how to builld them myself.

Dec 12, 2010 06:59 PM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Song, thanks for this interesting post.  I recently upgraded my assistant's computer and mine is starting to need it also.  Not knowing anything about how to do this, I had MyComputerGuy do it for me.  The cost was a little more than $200 since I had to pay to have this done, but still cheaper than going new. 

Dec 12, 2010 07:29 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good Morning Song, interesting input, thanks for sharing it in the post.

Dec 12, 2010 10:41 PM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

I'm not sure what it would cost to upgrade, but I'm about to find out.  We have two at home and every few years I replace one with a new one and upgrade the newer of the two old ones.  The cost of the upgrade is usually minimal, since I'm buying a new one from the same source at that time and I use a computer professional to buy from and install.  He does all the copying over of my files and the installing of the software for me.  I figure it's worth the cost because it would take me at least 4x the time and I'm not sure that in the end, I'd even get it right.

Dec 13, 2010 12:42 AM
Renée Montgomery
Century 21 New Millennium - Warrenton, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

It is time for a new laptop, mine is 3 1/2 years old. I am putting it off as loooooonnnnnggggg as I can. I hate upgrading.

Dec 14, 2010 11:13 AM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

Maureen: It is hard to have an office using 7 year old computers. Agents in my office complain how slow on computers that we have for only 6 months.

Barbara: True. Spending for an upgrade will keep your computer running for a little longer and not have you on any downtime.

Dan: Thanks.

Lora: Seems you have everything under control.

Renee: Upgrading is inevitable as new hardware constantly come out and new software taking up more disk space and resource.

Dec 14, 2010 06:31 PM
Rhonda Burgess
Southern Living Realty Partners - Smyrna, TN
Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist

I've been looking at new computers and I dread switching to a new computer.  This computer is at least 5 years old so I really need a new one.  Upgrading is not really an option.  I just need to start brand new for the new year. 

Jan 06, 2011 02:13 AM