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How Long Should P.c Last

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#1 mz30


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Posted 28 July 2007 - 05:33 PM

what i was wondering is how long have you had your p.c mine is now six years old, although i did change my harddrive 2 years ago(due to spontanious combustion)i am now wondering if i need to have arthur negus do an appraisal on it.
plus which i am looking for a new p.c and a laptop(both have to be top of the range)

can you let me no your p.c age and any advice on what i should buy next :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 07:43 PM

My laptop is about 8 months old. Prior to that, I had a windows 2000 desktop with 766mhz cpu (lolz) that was probably about 8 years old. If you're wondering what kind of new computer you want, you have to first figure out what you plan on using it for, and how much money you plan on spending.
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 11:37 PM

Well my computer is 10 years old. It originally ran Win95. It has a Intel Pentium II 333Mhz but it is runing XP since I've done a major overhaul on it. New Video card yesterday, 358Mb RAM, 2-6Gb HD, 30Gb external HD, and Runs XP Professional and Xandros Home Premium 4.0.

As was said above. What you will spend and what it will be used for.

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Posted 28 July 2007 - 11:53 PM

The laptop is 8 years old (Dell C600), and the Desktop is 3 years old (it was almost top of the line when I bought it and it gets reworked often).

What I like to do when buying a new PC is find one that is almost stripped but has the ability to be upgraded constantly (in other words top of the line motherboard and base hard Drive)
Example My Desktop:
512 MB DDR2 RAM - motherboard will support up to 4 GB
A64 3000+ 939 processor - with a BIOS upgrade from MSI I can support the latest 939 Dual Core AMD's
3 PCI slots and 1 PCIe x16 slot - not dramatic amounts of expansion but more then I'll use with onboard LAN
1 DVD +-RW - switched the case and added another CD-RW
200GB HDD - was the biggest I could find at the time and Ive added another internal and a couple external Hot swap drives (all have differant OS's on them)

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 05:38 AM

Ten years you should be able to get out of the hardware. The exception is the mechanical part, the hard drives and fans. Depending on the environment the PSU might also give it up earlier. After ten years it'll be hairier. Most components are designed with a lifetime somewhere between 10-15 years. Now whether the computer is obsolete after ten years can be discussed.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 09:48 AM

You can expect most computers to last at least 5-8 years---longer if you upgrade individual pieces of hardware as needed. However, as software and operating system requirements become more demanding, at some point in time you are probably going to need to either build or buy a new computer, especially if the computer is used for more than just basic operations.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 09:50 AM

I have a 10 year old box running Ubuntu. Replaced the CD drive and floppy drive (broke) and power supply (no reason) I did completely disassemble it and added a few heatsinks and a heatsink fan (didn't have one) I'm waiting for the old ISA video card to crap out so I can replace it
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