We get this question often and so we thought, why not answer the question thoroughly. Lets look at the options for that old computer and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option in order to insure you have all the information needed to make a smart decision.
Refurbishing your old computer is an option we highly recommend and goes hand in hand with an upgrade, generally.
To start, refurbishing should be done by a Microsoft Registered or Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. Companies that are recognized as Microsoft Refurbishers must follow strict guidelines set by Microsoft for a refurbished computer. Companies that meet these requirements will also generally offer a 1 year parts and labor warranty, just like you would get from the manufacture.
Cost is generally $100 to $200
Selling your old computer might seem like a great idea, however somethings need to be considered. Do you know how to securely wipe the data from your hard drive so that it can not be recovered? You wouldn’t want anyone to be able to get any of your information from your hard drive! Further, do you know how to reinstall the operating system? You also have to consider the cost of of shipping and the time it may take to sell your computer as well as what is it’s true value. If you need to have a professional perform these task the cost maybe greater than the value of the computer.
Cost is generally $10 to $100 with a profit of $25 to $50
Upgrading your computer can take many forms. Desktops can generally have more RAM, Solid State Drive, or a higher capacity hard drive installed. As well as installing better sound and graphics. Laptops are a bit less upgrade friendly usually only allowing for RAM and Hard drive or Solid State Drive to be installed.
That being said, one of the best bangs for your buck would be to install a Solid State Drive. The performance gains are enormous and can make even the oldest computers feel brand new.
Cost is generally $50 to $200+
Finally, re-purpose that old computer. Turn it into a file sharing server, media center, security system recorder, DVR, or high powered wifi router.
Cost generally $0