A reader weighed in on my opinion that Windows 11 features didn’t warrant running out to buy a new PC.

“Upgrading from a perfectly good operating system isn’t a sufficient reason to buy a new PC, I agree with Cynthia. However, my computer is a 4th Generation Core i7 computer. They just released the 12th Generation. While it’s a capable PC, it’s showing its age: and I feel it’s a good time to “future-proof” my computer a bit and upgrade to a Core i7 12th Generation and new RAM. I can use my existing chassis, solid-state drives, sound and video cards. I had considered an 11th Gen Core i9, but it’s more expensive and runs hotter – which would require additional cooling. The 12th Gen i7 runs just as fast – since I won’t be crunching huge numbers or playing graphics-intensive video games, I can save money with the i7. With Windows 11 coming out, I felt it was just the right time… for me. Your situation may not require a new computer, since Windows 10 will be supported for several more years.”

I agree wholeheartedly. I just bought a new Surface Pro myself to replace my first-generation model. I only upgraded because the physical on/off button got sticky but I gotta say, I’m glad I did. The speed difference is incredible.

You are smart to compare components and upgrade only the necessary parts. That’s one of the advantages to a desktop. As much as I love my lightweight Surface Pro, swapping out components isn’t an option on a sealed tablet like mine.