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Old 12-29-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I'd vote go for new. 8 years is a good run.
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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8 years is a good run. But it depends on what you use the machine for.

If you need something to check FB and email and use MS Office on...just really basic stuff...then you probably don't need a new computer if this one can be fixed.

What I personally would do to attempt a fix, is I would use something like Google Drive to store all files (images, videos, documents, songs, etc) and I would write down any actual programs you may need to reinstall from a disk or the internet. Then I'd reset to factory settings. If you installed Windows from a disk, this is the oldschool thing of putting in the disk. Otherwise there is a means to restore and reformat.

I tend to keep the stuff on my machine to a minimum, so this is not painful for me to do. You can pick up all sorts of junk just surfing the net, and sadly not all the best combination of scanners and cleaners I know of can for sure find and fix it all. And there are tons of conflicting recommendations of AV and antimalware progs...occasionally I feel it's just best to reset and start over. Of course you then have to make sure everything is all updated and so on, reinstall whatever you need to, etc.

If that did not work, you'd know it was hardware related. The difficulty level of a hardware fix is in my personal opinion going to vary as to whether it's a desktop or laptop. I find desktops much easier to work on and fix. Check out the hard drive, fans, whether you've got enough RAM, etc.

Now if you are a gamer on that machine, you probably need a new computer. And you should maybe take the time to teach yourself how to build it, because you'll get a better machine for your money that way (it's surprisingly easy.)

As another poster said though, gather opinions and do what seems best to you. Even experienced techy types have different approaches to problems. This is only what I would do.
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