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Time to Put Your PC Out to Pasture?


When it comes to computer equipment, the old saying "If it isn't broken, don't fix it" really doesn't apply. Waiting until something dies can not only cause inconvenience, but even if you've backed up all your data and applications, you can still find yourself behind the eight ball.

Here's when and why to start thinking about replacing parts of your computer system.

Displays: CRT monitors are pretty rare these days, but if you are still using one, get rid of it and replace it with a flat panel. Tube-based displays lose focus over time, and while you won't know it, after about three years that loss is enough to cause eyestrain. LCD flat panels use a type of backlight called a CCD, a specialized fluorescent light. These start to dim over time. Flat panels using LCD technology tend to dim or fail completely after somewhere between three and five years of use. If you notice a panel is looking noticeably dimmer than it used to, it's probably time to get a new one. You can get a larger display for less money these days, so it doesn't make sense to hold onto one that's near the end of its life.

PCs and Laptops: Almost everyone has a PC or laptop that's eight or ten years old. The simple truth of the matter is that computers and laptops get less expensive every year because they are more cheaply made. That means a shorter lifespan. And when your computer dies, it's going to take your applications as well as their data with it. Here's a good plan for these types of devices.

First, plan on a three-or-four-year maximum life. You might get longer, but you'll be pushing your luck. Technology doesn't improve by leaps and bounds the way it used to, but you'll get more computer for your money in three or four years than you will right now. And right now, the same money you spent three or four years ago gets you a better display, more RAM and a larger hard disk.

Out Of The Box Technology is a full-service IT company. We can assist with computer back ups, computer upgrades, and managing your IT network. Let us quote you on some new computers too. Call, email (, or use the form below so we can be of service when it comes to your IT systems.

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"I had two remote sessions with Chad. Not only was he able to find my company file on my computer and restore my files after the 2016 QuickBooks upgrade failed, he also moved the software & files to a faster laptop computer for me. This was critical to me as I am not a bookkeeper by trade nor by any means a 'techy.' Please let Chad's supervisor at OOTB know that Chad is definitely a keeper! He represented your firm in a courteous, professional, & knowledgeable manner. I couldn't be more pleased with the service and valuable insight he provided."



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