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  Reply # 786100 23-Mar-2013 22:54
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Computers seem to have a much longer shelf life these days.

One of our PC's is a 6year old core 2 duo. Recently upgraded the Ram to 4GB and upgraded it from Windows XP to Windows 8. Can't say its slow but then its not used for gaming.

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  Reply # 786140 24-Mar-2013 01:06
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I have an old socket 754 Athlon64 3700+ with 1GB DDR400 and an 256MB HD2600XT as my media PC running WinXP Pro does well for it's job plays 1080p media without a hickup


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  Reply # 786176 24-Mar-2013 08:56
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My "new" PC is in my sign below.... had it for about 6 months, made from old parts at work etc. Before that, was on a P4 3.0 for a while.

Im a part time gamer and so far this PC has done me well, but Im not trying to play the latest stuff, Im happy with CS:S, CoH and Minecraft :)

I "upgraded" my parents from a P4 2.4 to my old P3 3.0 and theyre happy with it, it does what they want.

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  Reply # 786215 24-Mar-2013 10:09
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I think my old Compaq EVO's are about 7 years old, they should be dead sometimes soon as the capacitors are only good for about 5 years then they start doing some weird things. However, they don't get cycled (turned off cool down then on and heat up), they pretty much stay on 24/7.

They're old P4 2.8GHz machines 512RAM, plenty to run Linux with radio automation on one and do audio multi-tracking on the Windows one. I need to upgrade to 64-bit soon as I'm running out of software in my industry to run on 32-bit.

But they do the job, so I haven't upgraded in about 7 years. I like these little desktops because they are very quiet, extremely important for what I use them with. First thing I do with a machine is increase the sink, put a bigger fan in and drop them with 5 watt resistors so they run nice and quiet, but these old EVO's are quiet enough.

The only dual core I own is a small AMD netbook with HD intergrated chipset. I used it for about a month until I got an iPod, it's been collecting dust for 8+months now.

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