I am going to help answer both the Why and When should I upgrade my computer question in this article. I understand that nobody wants to lay out their hard earned profits just to replace a computer that is still running, but when you take a closer look at the numbers you may find that you are saving money by doing exactly that.
As time goes by your computer workstations slow down, it’s a fact of life with any computer just like death and taxes. Here are some of the reasons why this happens:
- Heat Strain on the Processor and internal components.
- Disk Fragmentation
- Additional load of Operating System Patch stacking.
- The Overhead of Protective Software (Antivirus, Anti-Malware, etc.)
- Adware, not considered a virus or malware, but adding bloat to your system.
- Startup Overload (programs that start, even though you don’t use them all the time.
- Bloated Temporary Files directory.
- Outdated Firmware.
- Improper Uninstalled Programs.
- A Full or Near Full Hard Drive.
I’ve done this so long I can hear the business brain gears turning with the question “but it’s still working”, true, but unlike some things in your office like a desk or file cabinet, a computer can both help or hurt efficiency in your office.
First off take somebody that is making $100,000 and spends just 5 minutes a day watching that little hourglass spin on their computer waiting for a program to load. Broken down that is .80¢ per minute gross pay (not including other employer benefits). That 5 minutes works out to 4 dollars per day, or 20 dollars a week which comes to $80.00 per month.
If you now take the capital expense tax benefit of a basic new workstation today which runs about $500.00, your new computer system will pay for itself in productivity alone in about 7 months.
Now consider that you are going to replace the old system for a new system eventually and all you have done is hasten the scale, as the benefits grow even more.
Because this model scales, an employee making $50,000 per year will save you almost 1000 dollars by rotating your computer workstations every 3 years and this is only one system, times this by each computer in your office. Now you can see where trying to stretch a dollar on keeping around old systems, can start burning up those dollars instead of saving them.
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