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Topic # 115365 23-Mar-2013 14:41
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Just curious. Thinking of upgrading.

I'm running a 5 year old Dell Inspiron 1520 with Core 2 Duo, 256mb graphics card, 3gb ram, 60g SSD, 1tb hard drive in the optical bay, 1680x1050 screen.

Honestly, this still runs better than friends & families newer machines. Held together by tape (bung screen hinge) but still all good.

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  Reply # 785899 23-Mar-2013 15:00
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my son still uses a pc with 256 MB ram and 64 MB of integrated graphics running xp just to surf the internet and i'm amazed its still running, he loves it and i'm to attached to it to get rid of it.




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  Reply # 785901 23-Mar-2013 15:03
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I have a 13" Macbook Pro that's six months old. I usually replace every three years.

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  Reply # 785947 23-Mar-2013 16:02

Mines about 5 months old I rebuilt it just recently.
I generally rebuilt ever 4 years. Or start getting new parts to replace from 3 years +

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  Reply # 785950 23-Mar-2013 16:06
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It depends on Which Bit of the PC you mean! Loving having a desktop. RAM, Mobo case, HDD and DVD drive and graphics card are over 2 years old, I found a phenom II X4 on trademe about 6 months ago, and the coolermaster cooler is brand new today. I won't get rid of it now until it dies because it is grunty enough for everything I need to do from running vm's, gaming and video encoding to surfing the internet.




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  Reply # 785952 23-Mar-2013 16:14
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Desktop is nearly 5 year old custom build. Dual core AMD Athlon, 2GB RAM, XFX 4850HD 512MB, Samsung F3 1TB HDD running Windows 8 Pro 64bit.

Ultrabook is 2 months old Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch running Windows 8 Pro 64bit.

Desktop was used as a server to stream movies/music/tv shows to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in different lounges. Now have a Synology DS212j NAS to do the job. Desktop is only used for light web browsing when playing on the Xbox next to it during round breaks etc




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  Reply # 785954 23-Mar-2013 16:19
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I have a 3 year old rig: i5 760, 8Gb Ram, 8Tb HDD's and an EVGA GTX460 SC... and it's still quite capable of running current gen games in high settings.

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  Reply # 785969 23-Mar-2013 17:18
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Old desktop is a 4 year old AMD with 8 gigs, samsung HDD for the OS, and many many crappy green drives in it for storage of "content" - new desktop is a cheap i3, in a cheap motherboard with 16 gigs, 120 gig intel 520 SSD and the case is about 12 years old now I think.

Gradually moving storage over to the new machine as I get more drives for it. Vastly lower power consumption than the AMD.

The downloading machines are vintage P4 machines, 2 gigs ram, 1TB drives for OS and partially complete downloads, and some USB storage hanging off them that gets the completed stuff before I move it to somewhere else. I move the drive for that since they are only USB2 machines and even tho they have gigabit nics struggle to get 15MB/s off a USB drive over the lan.




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  Reply # 785989 23-Mar-2013 18:14
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My old one is a core2duo, around 6 years old now and put into a new case for the better half.

My current one is a bit newer though in my old lian li case - phenom x4 955 BE overclocked to 3.6GHz; Outstanding CPU IMO, overclocked and rock solid all the time I've had it, much of that time at 3.8GHz and still fully stable no overvolting required.

I really think CPUs are lasting pretty damn well these days especially the generation from 4-5 years ago - I've updated the GPU on both the systems above, bumped the RAM up to 8 Gig and wacked SSDs into both of them, but haven't felt much need to upgrade the mobo or CPUs at all.

Also got a relatively new, cheap "home server" running Amahi in the garage with a bunch of drives in it and a newish AMD APU based HTPC in the lounge.

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  Reply # 786010 23-Mar-2013 18:54
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I'm still using an eee 901 I bought 2nd hand in 2009.  Have upgraded the SSD (32G) and the WiFi (now does 5GHz and has 3 antennae rather than two), and the RAM (2G).  Got it a new battery last year.  It's survived a lot of abuse.  Runs Linux well though :-)

I'd like something newer but will wait for this thing to die first.

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  Reply # 786024 23-Mar-2013 19:33
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I built my current system in June 2012 after the Mac Pro non-update released that month (it got a slightly faster CPU and that's about all). It was cheap but it's tiding me over until this year's MP (which is hopefully going to be a big upgrade).

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  Reply # 786026 23-Mar-2013 19:36
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Just noticed that this is in the laptop forum. For those I have a couple of awefully slow dell inspiron 1525's at the moment. Heavy, slow, and waste space on a redundant pop out cup holder that all attempts at replacing with a second HDD have proved fruitless since the bezal wouldnt fit on the bay adapters so it looked ugly.

Maxed both out to 4GB of DDR-2 whatever, no SSD as I cant justify buying them when I will replace them with something smaller when something sensibly priced but with the ability to take 2 drives comes out. SSD's are too pricy to be the only drive in a machine.




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  Reply # 786030 23-Mar-2013 19:39
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richms: Just noticed that this is in the laptop forum.

Well in that case I have an "Early 2011" model MacBook Pro :)

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  Reply # 786049 23-Mar-2013 20:08
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I have an old Toshiba A75 running Morrowind and Minecraft duties for the kids.
It's one of those crazy gaming laptops that used the 3Ghz Pentium 4s, I've actually set it to go full speed full time, once it melts down permanently I'll upgrade.
My desktop was replaced in time for Skyrim and BF3 so still in good nick (2600K+GTX580)

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  Reply # 786055 23-Mar-2013 20:26
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We run a 2009 macbook and a 2011 Lenovo Think pad Edge e520 i5. Neither are particularly high performance but they do the job.

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  Reply # 786081 23-Mar-2013 22:24
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3yr, 5yr

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