Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




362 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 15


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.

 

So

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




'We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read them.' WARREN ZEVON


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2

xpd

Geek,gamer,father
8197 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1072

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

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

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




XPD / @DemiseNZ / Gavin
 
Corsair Carbide SPEC-02 / Corsair VS550 / G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB / Zotac 760GTX AMP! / ASUS H81M-E / Intel Pentium K Anniversay G3258 @3.9Ghz

 

Logitech G400S Mouse / SteelSeries Apex Raw Keyboard / Logitech G933 Headphones / Samsung S23C300L Monitor / Zalman Z-Machine Mouse Mat

 

Internet provided by : Voyager - VDSL 65/28  -  Musical Support by : Like A Storm - Visual Entertainment by : Plex and Steam and Overwatch


20188 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3782

Trusted
Subscriber

  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.




Richard rich.ms

 
 
 
 


gzt

9016 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1231


  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.

2773 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215


  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.




499 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Trusted

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

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

xpd

Geek,gamer,father
8197 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1072

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  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 possible...so looking at a 6 month turn around for some :) (And Ive seen it happen)




XPD / @DemiseNZ / Gavin
 
Corsair Carbide SPEC-02 / Corsair VS550 / G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB / Zotac 760GTX AMP! / ASUS H81M-E / Intel Pentium K Anniversay G3258 @3.9Ghz

 

Logitech G400S Mouse / SteelSeries Apex Raw Keyboard / Logitech G933 Headphones / Samsung S23C300L Monitor / Zalman Z-Machine Mouse Mat

 

Internet provided by : Voyager - VDSL 65/28  -  Musical Support by : Like A Storm - Visual Entertainment by : Plex and Steam and Overwatch


4041 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 578

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  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 :) 

4996 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2026

Trusted
Subscriber

  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.




Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend from $150 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour

 

Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


2375 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 414


  Reply # 427049 14-Jan-2011 09:52
Send private message

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...




Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler

1967 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 331

Trusted
Subscriber

  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.


Ditto.




When you live your life on Twitter and Facebook, and are only friends with like minded people on Twitter and Facebook, you are not living in the real world. You are living in a narcissistic echo chamber.

 


My thoughts are my own and are in no way representative of my employer.


3132 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 538

Trusted

  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.

xpd

Geek,gamer,father
8197 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1072

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  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 :)




XPD / @DemiseNZ / Gavin
 
Corsair Carbide SPEC-02 / Corsair VS550 / G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB / Zotac 760GTX AMP! / ASUS H81M-E / Intel Pentium K Anniversay G3258 @3.9Ghz

 

Logitech G400S Mouse / SteelSeries Apex Raw Keyboard / Logitech G933 Headphones / Samsung S23C300L Monitor / Zalman Z-Machine Mouse Mat

 

Internet provided by : Voyager - VDSL 65/28  -  Musical Support by : Like A Storm - Visual Entertainment by : Plex and Steam and Overwatch


Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  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.

Have heard this remark in business in 2007 "All our machines are nearly brand new - all PIII and P4 CPUs".




Visit http://www.thecloud.net.nz for New Zealand based Hosted Exchange, Virtual Servers, Web Hosting, FTP Backup & more.
(1GB free FTP storage, or larger plans from $5.75)
 
 - Setup your own mailserver at home on Ubuntu Server - full step by step howto here.
 - Have you seen this: Nathan "KFC4LIFE" Dunn.


147 posts

Master Geek


  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

143 posts

Master Geek


  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).

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Symantec protects data everywhere with Information Centric Security
Posted 21-Sep-2017 15:33


FUJIFILM introduces X-E3 mirrorless camera with wireless connectivity
Posted 18-Sep-2017 13:53


Vodafone announces new plans with bigger data bundles
Posted 15-Sep-2017 10:51


Skinny launches phone with support for te reo Maori
Posted 14-Sep-2017 08:39


If Vodafone dropping mail worries you, you’re doing online wrong
Posted 11-Sep-2017 13:54


Vodafone New Zealand deploy live 400 gigabit system
Posted 11-Sep-2017 11:07


OPPO camera phones now available at PB Tech
Posted 11-Sep-2017 09:56


Norton Wi-Fi Privacy — Easy, flawed VPN
Posted 11-Sep-2017 09:48


Lenovo reveals new ThinkPad A Series
Posted 8-Sep-2017 14:37


Huawei passes Apple for the first time to capture the second spot globally
Posted 8-Sep-2017 10:45


Vodafone initiative enhances te reo Maori pronunciation on Google Maps
Posted 8-Sep-2017 10:40


Voyager Internet expand local internet phone services company with Conversant acquisition
Posted 6-Sep-2017 18:27


NOW Expands in to Tauranga
Posted 5-Sep-2017 18:16


Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17
Posted 4-Sep-2017 14:10


Garmin introduce Garmin vivoactive 3
Posted 1-Sep-2017 18:38



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.