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What is the average life-expectancy of a Dell Dimension 1100 desktop computer

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#1 donaldfleming


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:58 AM

I have Dell Dimension 1100 desktop computer that is seven years old.

The computer is turned on 12 hours per day and is used on average three hours per day, mainly to send / receive emails, surf the web, use Word Office software and stream movies.

Last year it went very slow, but after a service and the insertion of an additional 1GB of RAM, it regained a reasonable level of performance. It now has I.25 GB of RAM.

My question is this. What is the average life-expectancy of this type of computer.

Sometimes Dell offers a trade-in deal in respect of old computers (provided that they are functional).

If I could estimate when my present computer was almost at the end of its life, I might be able to take advantage of such a deal.

Edited by donaldfleming, 01 April 2012 - 09:05 AM.

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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:56 PM

the fact you have gotten 7 years out of it is already amazing, average life expectancy of most OEM computers is around 5 years, but with that being said its next to impossible to know exactly how long any certain computer will last. I will say this, at 7 years old your about due for a new one anyway-even if it runs for another 2 years, its already so obsolete you cant do much with it anymore.



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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

I would say it has enough horsepower to get you through those tasks you have mentioned. So i would just keep saving up until the system becomes inadequate for your uses.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:10 AM

I have to agree with killerx on this one. As long as it is working and serving your needs hold on to it. I'm still using my almost 5 year old Gateway and it is still running fine. In the meantime you could be putting some cash away for the day you see a really good deal or your current machine fails. By the way, if you are looking to go with another Dell machine, I would think twice. I've been seeing a number of Dell machines developing problems after only a year or so. I'm an instructor in a large computer club and I help members with their machines. Dell seems to be riding on its name and reputation. The Dell you would buy today probably won't last as long as the one you have now.

In the meantime, treat your current machine well. Keep up regular maintenance, make sure the case is well ventilated - add an extra fan if it seems to be running extra warm/hot. Heat is the enemy of your machine. Clean out the inside with some canned air now and then. I usually reinstall my operating system once a year. It seems to be working because my machine is running really well.

Edited by fruch, 08 April 2012 - 07:15 AM.

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