I recently returned from NAB where all the production and pos-production manufactures were there showing off their latest and greatest, including several new machines supporting Intel’s Ivy Bridge. This got me thinking when is the right time to upgrade my current generation PC? How do you know when is the right time?
I often upgrade my desktops and laptops, as they improve my productivity, and now that Intel has released it’s 3rd generation processors known as Ivy Bridge, that time may be now. For many of us hanging on to our PC’s for 3-5 years is common practice, but for us in post-production 1-3 years seems to be the transition, in order to get the most money for our used gear. When is it a good time to turn them in for something faster and better?
Processor Releases and Timing
This is a big and obvious one. One of the best times to upgrade is when a manufacture such as Intel releases a new generation of processor. Not only do pick up the fastest machine possible, but you also get the most return on your used PC. Think of it as selling your car just before its worth nothing as it gotten too old, or the next model comes out. I personally choose to upgrade at this time, and often trade in my old PC. This saves me the hassle of trying to find a buyer and makes my costly upgrade seem less expensive. This route is also the most expensive one, as you are upgrading every 1-2 years.
If the above method is just too costly, then may a suggest another route. If you plan on keeping your system for a longer period. Try to make sure your PC does not fall 2 generations behind. What do I mean by this? Well, for instance if you have a 1st generation Intel i7, the best time to sell would have been just before the announcement of Intel’s 3rd generation. This is the perfect time to sell or trade your PC just before it’s worth absolutely nothing. This also means you have gotten the most out of your current PC.
Some great places to get rid of your old PC are Kiji, Craig’s list or a 3rd party retailer that takes trades. Just remember the sooner the better, as your PC depreciates like a car. It can depreciate even faster if you bought one of those cheap $299 models.
Here are some of my favorite places to trade or sell your older generation PC around the GTA. Check your local area for 3rd party vendors.
- Craig’s List
- Simply Macs
- Carbon Computing
At the end of the day, if you can make an entire breakfast and your PC has not booted up, it’s pretty safe to say you need an upgrade. Hanging on to a PC for 5 years just does not make any sense. I hope this helps you to decide when is an appropriate time to upgrade.