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Old 12-13-03, 10:24 PM
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How long do you use a pc before you decide to build/purchase a new one?

My current pc, the first one I built myself, I built 2 and a half years ago when I was just a novice. I currently play a few games on it such as Medal of Honor, RTCW, Quake III, BF1942 and UT2003. I also use it for occasional video rendering and for ripping cd's and encoding them to mp3's. It still seems to do what I need it to but I always have an itch to build another one, if not the pocketbook. I will be getting Half-Life 2 for free next year(Radeon 9600 deal, but I sold the video card, kept the voucher for the game) which will supposedly run on my machine, though not in all its glory. How long before my pc is to old for my needs? There are not anymore upgrades I will make for it. I would like to wait until fall of 2004 before I start building another one. Although there is always something better down the line, there are several new techonologies that should be available by then such as pci express, pci express for graphics, ddr2 memory, dual layer dvd burners and the btx form factor mobo. I believe I can hold out until then. So, how often do you replace your primary machine?

The specs:

AMD Athlon 1.3 Thunderbird with 100mHz fsb oc'ed to 1.52 at around 133mHz fsb(a little higher than that, but I can't remember).

Iwill kk266 mobo

1 gigabyte of pc133 ram(various cheap brands)

Soundblaster 5.1 soundcard

GeForce3 Ti200(64mb) video card

Western Digital 120gb hard drive, 8mb cache, 7200 rpm

Seagate 60gb hard drive

Pioneer A04 dvd-r/rw

Asus 52x cd-r

19" Viewsonic G800 (circa 1997 vintage) monitor

Creative Labs 5.1 speaker set-up(their low end model but sounds good.)

OS: dual boot, Windows XP Pro and Mandrake Linux 9.2.
Old 12-13-03, 11:47 PM
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I usually keep mine for 2 years at least, and then start looking for killer deals on systems. My current one is only 6 months old, so I am good until 2005 or so

Unless there is an awesome deal too good to pass up, that is
Old 12-14-03, 12:04 AM
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Usually too long. Until the right time comes around when I am wanting to build a new one, and I actually have the money.
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Time --> Activity
Month 0 --> Build a computer
Months 6-12 --> Start adding/replacing RAM, video card, optical drive
Month 16-18 --> Replace/add hard drive
Month 24 --> Replace motherboard, cpu, case, p/s (a.k.a. rebuild system)
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Well, I upgrade components more or less constantly, but a motherboard/CPU change comes around every 18 months, give or take.
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Just upgrade upgrade upgrade - then put the old parts into other computers around the house
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I've had my Dell for a bit longer than 3 years now, and since it does everything I need it to do I'll probably keep it for another 2 years.
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I've had my Dell for 4 years now but at the time it was the top of the line and $3000. My laptop is only 6 months old so if I need speed I can use it. The desktop will be replaced when the next version of Windows comes out with a new Dell.
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I've finally decided to upgrade after 3 years with my current PC. I finally received all the parts for the new PC, so I get to start putting it all together tomorrow.
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I'm running a dual Athlon system right now. It's about 18 months old and it still does everything I want it to.

I suspect that when summer rolls around, some of the new dual Opteron systems will start too look really tempting.
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I bought my 1st home computer in 95 and I upgraded several times. It was like Frankenstein.

I finally upgraded this year.


$$$$$$ is the deciding factor
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When I can almost double my processor speed for about $200. That Pentium 3 GHZ is looking very good right now.
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when games will no longer run I upgrade
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I upgrade every 12-18 months. That is unless there is a deal I can't pass up.
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i never want to grow up.
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Every two years or so.
I still have a P2/266 from 1998 which is running as my linux server now.
A P3/1GHz from late 2000 - router/firewall, internet machine
A P4/2.4GHz from last year - main workstation (development/games)

in 2004 I'll get a new one and then make the 1GHz machine the linux server, the 2.4 GHz the router/firewall and the new one my main workstation. At that time I'll have a P2/266MHz I can sell on eBay for $10.
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Originally posted by jrobinson
i never want to grow up.
Please tell me what his has to do with this thread.
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1-2 years depending on the deal.
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1-2 years max for me.

I retire the "old" computers to be used with my home automation system/ music server.

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