The Cost of Quality: Are Expensive Computers Worth It?

The cost of computers can vary drastically, and it can be challenging to decide whether or not you should invest in the most expensive model. With so many options available, it’s important to take a closer look at what an expensive computer has to offer vs a computer that isn’t as expensive.  And whether they’re worth the extra cost.

Are expensive computers worth it? Well, that depends on you as the consumer and what you use the computer to do.

Is it for personal use, or is it for business? 

Both are drastically different and will impact your purchase decision for sure.

In this article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing an expensive computer and help you determine if it is worth the investment.

Hardware: Quality Parts and Performance

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When it comes to hardware, you really want to think in terms of quality.

For maximum performance and reliability, having quality hardware components will give you a longer-lasting computer, compared to the cheaper alternatives.  The processor, hard drive, graphics card, memory or RAM, and other essential components should all be considered when making your decision.

You really want them to be of high quality if you want your machine to last.  That’s essentially what you’re looking for, a computer that will reliably last for a long time.

Furthermore, when building or purchasing a new machine with quality hardware inside, make sure that each component works together seamlessly for optimal performance.

Here’s the thing, quality parts ensure that your computer runs more smoothly and reliably.   What this means for you is better performance, which includes faster speeds and more efficient multitasking.

Investing in high-end hardware is costly, and you would need to determine how much you’re willing to invest in this area.  If you’re building a computer from scratch, this is especially key.

For everyday users, however, many mid-range and budget models offer plenty of performance for running office applications like Microsoft Word and Excel or streaming movies from Netflix or YouTube. In these cases, the added expense may not be necessary to achieve “good” results.

But you will have to determine that for yourself based on what you’ll be using your computer to do.

Factors to Consider: Budget and Usage

When it comes to budget and usage, there are several factors you should consider before making such a large purchase.

First, think about your current usage needs for a computer.

Will it primarily be used for browsing the internet, writing essays or documents, playing games, or using specialized software?  Knowing what you will use the computer for can help determine how much power and storage space you need.

For instance, if you plan on using your new computer for graphics-intensive work or gaming, then more resources like a higher-end video card will be needed, which will have an impact on your budget.

Prioritize what features are most important to have based on your usage needs.

If mobility is an important feature for instance, then a laptop or tablet may be a better option than a desktop.  But if you need a system good enough for your office without the need for mobility, then a desktop may be just right for you.

Consider what your budget is for a new purchase based on what you’re going to be using your new computer to do.  Your decision as to whether it’s worth investing in an expensive computer would make more sense then.

Benefits of an Expensive Computer

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Let’s talk about you, and your needs for a second.  What’s the primary reason for getting a computer?

Maybe you’re looking for a reliable machine to work on your most important projects, or you just want to enjoy the latest games in the highest resolution possible.  In either case, investing in a higher-end computer could be more beneficial for you, and be worth the investment.

Let me explain.

Professional Usage

Let’s say that you’re an independent accountant, and you crunch numbers all day for your clients.  You have an average computer that can manage basic tasks with Microsoft Excel for basic calculations along with the specialized accounting software you use.

Due to the lackluster performance of this average, yet economical computer, you can only get so much “accounting” work done in a day.  On top of that, the computer tends to crash or lock up a lot, because it’s lacking sufficient memory and takes forever to boot up.

With performances like this, you can only service a limited amount of clients, which in turn puts a limit on your revenue.

Not good for business.

But of course, you’re an accountant, and you’re looking at the numbers.

Your numbers tell you that you’re saving money by keeping costs low with this computer.  But in reality, it’s costing you more to operate your business with an average computer that struggles to keep up with your work.

In this instance, it would make more financial sense to invest in a higher-end computer that can handle the work of an accountant, so you can do more for your clients, and generate more revenue.  In this case, you’re making a great return on your investment

Personal Usage

Now let’s look at another scenario where you’re a gamer, and you spend a great deal of time gaming online.

If you know anything about playing games online, two things are important to consider in order to have at least a pleasant gaming experience on a computer.  Those two things are your video card and your RAM (Random Access Memory).

But let’s imagine for a second that you decided to invest in an average “economical” computer to do your gaming.  One that has a decent amount of RAM and hard drive space…say 4GB and 512 GB respectfully.

And say you have an integrated video card that’s built into the motherboard.

You decide to start using this computer as your gaming system to start with.  You’re on a low budget, and can only afford between $300 to $500.

You will be limited to the types of games you can play because your computer will not run the heavier, more resource-intensive games.  It doesn’t have enough RAM, and/or the video card is of low grade.

This will impact your gaming experience in a negative way for sure.

Hopefully, you can see how the cons or drawbacks, in this case, outweigh the additional expense.  With you a more expensive computer system, you are essentially getting a much better experience compared to the alternative.

In terms of budget, work with what you can afford.  Start where you are, and work up from there.

Conclusion: Weighing the Benefits & Costs

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When it comes to expensive computers, it’s important to consider the cost and benefits of purchasing one.  Are they worth it?

Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

On one hand, expensive computers often have faster processors, better graphics cards, and more memory than their less-expensive counterparts. This makes them great tools for gaming or professional usage that requires intensive work.  Additionally, these machines are usually built with the latest technologies available on the market.

This means that you can stay up to speed with the latest technology, giving you somewhat of an advantage.

However, there are some drawbacks to buying a high-end computer. 

The upfront cost is usually much higher than an entry-level model, and many people aren’t able to afford it at first.  In this case, you start where you are until you can afford a more expensive computer.

There are many entry-level computers that’ll be able to do many of the tasks you need to get done without breaking the bank.

Heck, you could even consider starting out with a refurbished computerSure, it’s not the best option, but you’ll be surprised at the quality of a computer you can get in the refurbished department.

So like I’ve stated many times in this article, you have to decide how much you’re willing to invest in a computer, based on what you’ll be using it for.

In my opinion, however, it’s always a good idea to invest a little more to purchase an expensive computer, if it’s within your budget.  Think in terms of the return you’re getting on your time and money, whether for personal or professional usage.



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