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  # 1015691 30-Mar-2014 21:56
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My current PC is probably 4 years now, but has been upgraded as much as I am likely to upgrade it now. Ram and motherboard and video card are original, but powersupply, case, CPU and a couple of other bits have been changed as I found suitable bits like a smaller HP case from my parents in law's computer they were getting rid of, a quad core CPU off trademe and a cheap Dell 23" monitor. Keeps it fresh and still fast enough.
Had an Acer laptop for 5+ years which only had a RAM upgrade. Just pulled together a system out of bits I had and a free case/mobo/cpu combo off here which is probably around 6+ years old except for a new GPU needed to get it going. That will do me fine for an ubuntu media center/media server. 
For work it is every 3-4 years, but being in tech services, we normally get the developers cast offs so we are a cycle behind. We just did a big hardware refresh though and got flash new I7 desktops with SSD + 1TBhdd though - yahoo!  
Loving the age of good enough computing. An old dual core system with 4+ GB ram and a decent GPU is still adequate for everyday use. Not good enough for gaming, but perfectly fast enough for everything else.

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Uber Geek

  # 1015699 30-Mar-2014 22:22
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"computer" hrm...

desktop ~ discontinued (dinosaur, "relic") [Workstation 3-10+ years]
laptop 1-3 years.
phone every 1-2 years.


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  # 1015727 30-Mar-2014 22:48
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Still using a laptop coming up 8 years old.  Long live XP!!!!

You mean the XP that has an end of support-life at the end of this April?

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Uber Geek

  # 1015736 30-Mar-2014 23:15
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XP support ends April 8th I believe?
Two weeks to first win7 security fix reverse coded to hack 30% of all online PCs ...
Hmmm time to upgrade mate :)

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  # 1015738 30-Mar-2014 23:22
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I haven't had a desktop in about 8 years. Since then I've had 3 laptops, a netbook and a chromebook. 

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  # 1015757 31-Mar-2014 00:05
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3 years for a gaming PC at about 2.5k value
2-3 years for a laptop at 1.5k

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  # 1015773 31-Mar-2014 06:48
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I had my old pentium 4 (with hyperthreading) desktop up until December, so its just over 10 years old now. Replaced it with a core 2 duo, and the old P4 is now attached to the tv in the lounge as a media player.

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Uber Geek

  # 1015826 31-Mar-2014 09:44
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I'm aiming for a 5 year minimum for the main computer.

The hobby machine is coming up for 30 years soon I think ... Commodore 64, "slightly" upgrade ;-)

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  # 1015900 31-Mar-2014 11:32
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I keep mine to the point that they have become obsolete hardware wize and can't be upgraded or too darn slow.  Usually about 6 years..



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  # 1015941 31-Mar-2014 12:18
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I've kept my case through several builds over the last seven years 
Asus A8R32deluxe to Asus M3A32MVP-Deluxe AMD Phenom II x2 7750 then x4 940 am2+ 4GB DDR2-1066MHz + 1 then 2 x HD5770's 5yrs
Asus Crosshair IV formula AMD Phenom II x4 965 AM2+ then AM3 + 8GB DDR3-1600MHz +1 then 2x HD7850's 1.5yrs
Asus Crosshair V Formula AMD FX 8320 + 8GB DDR3-1600MHz + 2x HD7850's 4mths
all installed in my Silverstone RaVen RV02B-W case and 750W 80+ Bronze modular PSU

this is going to do me probably until I can afford an R9-290X

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