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Topic # 75077 12-Jan-2011 20:23 Send private message

Been reading a few posts on here and starting to feel a bit inadequate computerwise, one in particular


martyyn: You need to get yourself down to the 'Tip Shop' or whatever its called near you. We have one here where they sell anything taken to the tip which they think may have some value (or still works). <br /> <br />Sure they sell the electrical items 'at your own risk' but Ive picked up several machines for no more than $10 each and we are talking 2.0Ghz P4 machines with 1Gb ram, 320Gb hard drives, a DVD drive and XP COA's on them :) <br /> <br />I got two 17' monitors for $1 each because they didnt know if they worked (and I smiled nicely) and good condition keyboards and mice are only a couple of dollars each. <br />

My computer is a similar vintage amd xp 2500+, and has been struggling a bit driving me nuts actually, but i still don't really think of it as an old machine, when i think old machine i think of my old 386sx which cost me around $1200 second hand.




1) what do you consider to be an "old" computer?,

2) is it just me or do computers seem to be holding more of their value in recent years

3) Are there any tip shops in the South Waikato? (who knows for $20 i might get a machine twice as good)

Just curious








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  Reply # 426634 12-Jan-2011 20:32 Send private message

Pretty much anything over 5 yrs old these days is "old".

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  Reply # 426636 12-Jan-2011 20:43 Send private message

3 years is where I think its not worth spending anything on maintaining them, 5-6 years and its got a net negative value IMO.



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  Reply # 426687 12-Jan-2011 23:40 Send private message

Depends what you need to use it for. Noise can be a problem with older machines but can be fixed. Some kind of lightweight Linux can often do more and faster with better browser support than Microsoft Windows.

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  Reply # 426689 12-Jan-2011 23:49 Send private message

In a business I say anything over 3 years is old and for home users anything over 5 years.

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  Reply # 426945 13-Jan-2011 21:00 Send private message

In my personal opinion I've always said five years.


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  Reply # 427015 14-Jan-2011 08:42 Send private message

For some people its when their machine will no longer run the latest game at the highest resolution looking at a 6 month turn around for some :) (And Ive seen it happen)

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  Reply # 427019 14-Jan-2011 08:44 Send private message

anything older than the warranty period on it is old to me.

that said i've had a brand new MacBook Pro every year for the last 3 years (2x 17" and a 15"), so it's been a while since I've had to use an old computer :) 

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  Reply # 427046 14-Jan-2011 09:48 Send private message

A five year cycle is good for an average user. Else 3 years to stay a bit more ahead.
Less than 3 years and your are getting into the "must have the latest & greatest" catagory.

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  Reply # 427049 14-Jan-2011 09:52

Aww - wanted to be the first to answer...

Q: What do you call an old computer?
A: Call it anything you want - it still wont come to you!

Real answer - I'd say 5 years...

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  Reply # 427060 14-Jan-2011 10:12 Send private message

richms: 3 years is where I think its not worth spending anything on maintaining them, 5-6 years and its got a net negative value IMO.


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  Reply # 427061 14-Jan-2011 10:14 Send private message

anything over 3 years old is old for me.

having said that i have started moving away from desktops/servers to laptops and mac minis for my HTPCs.

i have one desktop (that was a file server, duo 2.1 3gb ram, 720 gb hdd so still pretty good specs) left which im giving to my folks.


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  Reply # 427064 14-Jan-2011 10:20 Send private message

My folks are still using the PC I built at AMES doing my A+ course :) That was back in 2003.

P4B motherboard, P4 1.8 CPU (was a great CPU at the time)...think only thing Ive replaced on it is the PSU and added a Ti4200 video card to it :)

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  Reply # 427073 14-Jan-2011 10:35 Send private message

Interesting views here. I'm with the fellow geeks - out of warranty machines are pretty much obsolete for a power users desktop, unless they fully loaded with top end gear (fast seek drives, max RAM, top end CPU).

For the average kiwi, or non-IT savvy business, then 7-10 years is closer to the mark.

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  Reply # 427423 15-Jan-2011 15:13 Send private message

basically what every one else said, im sorry but anything out side of Hamilton as for a dedicated PC store is news to me, if you are in the Hamilton head on over to PCtech they are my first for anything other than dreaming about a 4000 dollar pc

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  Reply # 427427 15-Jan-2011 15:44 Send private message

I call an old computer something from a 386 to something from the 90's, old PCs have great uses such as dos games and apps which will run natively, unlike newer computers that need dosbox. They can also  be useful for simple home servers and maybe even standard definition HTPC's (not everyone needs/wants HD these days).

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