How often should we replace our computers?

Sales of new IT equipment are often driven by the demands of new software, especially system software such as new versions of Windows™. At the same time ICT prices have dropped to levels at which it is often cheaper to replace than to repair or re-use equipment.

Despite this pressure to upgrade most modern computers should be good for at least five years. You may need to upgrade memory, or work around limitations in performance, but any computer that can run a word processor, spreadsheet and internet browser can support the majority of users.

In terms of budgeting and fundraising it may still be relevant to depreciate your ICT assets over three years. It is also helpful to include a small contingency for failed equipment and essential upgrades.

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