You don’t have to sell but it’s a point where if you don’t sell you won’t get much for it a year or so later. I find around that point you get enough back to offset a complete upgrade.
I just did this in fact. I had a 3.5 year old Asus VivoMini PC. In the day I got 8GBs of RAM and 512 SSD. (Back then people actually warned you SSDs aren’t reliable. That 3 years would push it. Ahem.) This unit, new, cost $699. Came with nice DVD drive too.
I just got $228 for it. I would have gotten more but I had to confess it has a noisy little fan. I had to stress that as to not have it returned. I cleaned out the unit now and again but it was designed wrong.
Then I tried two new Mini PCs. Beelink GTR has two tiny fans and would be quiet until they kicked in. Then painfully loud. And cleaning the fan next to impossible. Returned it for a Minisforum DMAF5. This had one easy to clean fan… that wouldn’t shut up.
Both had 16GBs of RAM and 512 SSD. That latter was only $599. But since they were both Ryzen 5 3550s SPEEDFAN couldn’t fix either.
I then accepted there’s no such thing as a silent Mini PC. And yet all three claimed silence. Honest. A complete lie.
I tried an Asus ExpertCenter medium sized tower. Crazy quiet. 10th Gen i5 and for my needs plenty fast. Did I mention it’s silent?
The entire side comes off. No tools needed. Giving me ample access to fan and cleaning. But get this. See in the close up all those holes on the left? I bought me these off Amazon for $10 –
They’re magnetic. And as luck has it the PC is metal. CLICK and now I have a filter. When it gets dirty or clogged looking I just pull it off, rinse it, and use the other one in the meantime.
This unit was also $599… or $609 if you include the filters. Its weirdly only 12GBs of RAM but hey – at least it’s not 8!