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Old 02-26-07, 10:00 AM
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Average lifespan of a desktop pc?

I bought my computer 3 years ago and it seems it's just getting worse (despite checking often for viruses, spyware, defragmenting, etc). It's just getting slower and slower. Even when I'm encoding videos for example, from time to time it'll start running really fast and being extrmely loud. Is that normal and should I consider buying a new one?
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its normal..the more stuff u install and the more time goes by the more junk gets on your computer... it's usually a good idea to do a format and a fresh install every so often to clean things up.
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Originally Posted by Maxwell Smart
its normal..the more stuff u install and the more time goes by the more junk gets on your computer... it's usually a good idea to do a format and a fresh install every so often to clean things up.
Yeah definitely, atleast once a year. I always put two harddrives in my PC, one for an OS and the rest for data so it makes reinstalls much easier. That is just the way of life having to reinstall every so often. But if no hardware failures your PC should last a long time. I build a new one every 2 years, just cause I am a techie and like to keep up with technology but I still have PC from 5 years ago still working perfectly. Great for data backup machines.
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My last PC lasted between 7-8 years, with just one reinstall of W98SE late in its life. But then, I wasn't worried about all the PC games I was missing once the games exceeded my computer's ability to play.

How long your PC is going to last depends on how you use it, I say.
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Originally Posted by DVDsAreMyLIFE
Yeah definitely, atleast once a year. I always put two harddrives in my PC, one for an OS and the rest for data so it makes reinstalls much easier. That is just the way of life having to reinstall every so often. But if no hardware failures your PC should last a long time. I build a new one every 2 years, just cause I am a techie and like to keep up with technology but I still have PC from 5 years ago still working perfectly. Great for data backup machines.
This is pretty much what I do.

Autopatcher is a great software for easy Windows updates. Saves a LOT of time and you don't have to restart every few minutes.
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You didnt' post any tech details but generally pcs will run fine if you know how to maintain them. It's all the software that gunks it up and the lack of hdd space. 9/10 times I help people with PCs, it's flooded with programs running in the background, lack of space on hdd (usually they only have 1), not correctly uninstalling software, leaving crap behind, installing software they should not be installing ("free", cracked, etc.), unused software just sitting there "just in case", and on and on.
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The easiest upgrades are the RAM and the HDD. If a desktop computer is 3 years old, I'm gonna guess and say that it has 512MB RAM and 80GB HDD? You should see a performance boost when you bump that to 1GB RAM. And the HDD can be increased to whatever you need.
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With Windows 95 - 98 systems I had to reformat somewhat frequently, but I don't think I touched my XP machine for a couple years as it's a lot more stable.

Still, a complete format might be a good idea to clean out a lot of the junk that's build up over the years. Since it has been 3 years though, a cheap new PC might do a lot of good, especially since you can get a pretty decent one in the $400 range.

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