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Computer Repair: When It Is Convenient To Repair And Not To Buy Back

In which cases is it better to repair the computer? When is it better to buy a new one directly? Here is a short manual to understand whether to face the costs of a repair or not!

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Today I want to deepen a theme that I often find myself dealing with when the customers of UAE Technician, our IT Support Center in Dubai, break the computer: in which cases are it better to repair the computer? When is it better to buy a new one directly? Here is a short manual to understand whether to face the costs of a repair or not!

When it pays to repair

Always, if the computer is under warranty

When the damage is less than the value of the computer. Let’s take an example: if the computer is worth 1500 AED and the damage is from 500 AED it is probably worth repairing

When migration creates “managerial and organizational” problems: if we have installed accounting programs on the broken computer (of which we perhaps do not have or cannot find the installable one) that, for example, only work with Windows XP (no longer on sale), the “conversion costs” understood as problems related to the replacement of the computer (not as hardware costs), could make you opt for a repair.

When it pays to buy back

When the operating system is no longer supported (e.g. Windows XP)

If the PC is a fixed one: for serious damages (motherboard, CPU) on machines out of warranty (we advise you to repair your computer if it is still under warranty): in these cases, you have to disassemble practically the whole computer, and unfortunately the costs of “Labor” in this case rise. Furthermore, these problems are often difficult to diagnose.

If the PC is a laptop and shows serious damage (motherboard, CPU and graphics card) on machines out of warranty (otherwise, we repeat it once again, repaired under warranty): even in these cases you have to disassemble everything, and often you also struggle to find compatible parts (especially for dated machines)

For “repairable” damages (LCD, inverter, HDD) but whose amount exceeds the value of the computer

If the computer is worth little and we do not have the recovery discs, partitions, etc .: in these cases, the “labor” costs can have a significant impact on the repair costs (in fact, you will have to reinstall everything from scratch by going to look for the drivers, or obtaining a recovery disc from the computer manufacturers – if you have any doubts, read here how to format your PC -)

Let’s do two accounts

Usually, it is convenient to use this method:

We take the broken computer and estimate its value: to do this we go to eBay, search among the items sold and check the value of a similar computer (working, however, not broken)

Let’s have the diagnosis made by a computer repair service center (for example, UAE Technician diagnoses are always free) and therefore ask for a quote for the cost of the pieces and the “labor”

 

We add our own “conversion coefficient” (or the ” fatigue” that would cost us the change ). We value convenience.