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Old 06-19-2005, 09:33 AM   #1
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hi guys, i was just wondering... what is the average life span of a computer?
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Old 06-19-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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Hard drives are like 2 year not sure about the rest it depends how much money you spent on them. What i do is get medium Hard drives and before they die i copy all the data across to my new one and life goes on
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hard drives 2 years?? wow, you do learn something new everyday. My 80 gb is doin fine and its about to be 3 years in November. Luckily, i just got a 160gb hardrive and i'm just using the 80 to back up.
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:21 AM   #4
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Yeah, I'd say the computer itself, like the CPU and things has a life of about 6-8 years, though most people replace the computer after about 5 anyway.
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i have had 5 HDD's last 5-7 years,
MOBO and CPU usally 6 years, RAM i have never had one crap out on me, and finally PSU i'd say 5 years.
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Old 06-19-2005, 10:43 AM   #6
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Yeah, thats about right.

As long as you get good RAM and you don't overclock anything, this shouldn't really go on you for a very long time, and definitley not before the rest of the computers life time

If RAM is going to fault, it'll be right at the start or after a few weeks usually. After that, your usually fine.
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but if you plan on playing games...you could upgrade every month..but i guess that if you get a good system and if you take care of it 4 years on the average for everything.
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yeah A really mad gamer will update every month to keep on top, but I don't think this is neccessary.
I feel if you do this, the computer never becomes Personal, so its a C... and not a PC... get me? It just too quick of an update that will short your pocket, and is for people worried about updating, and does not know how PC's can really work.

Thats why they invented overclocking
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oops i think everyone has had Hard Drives longer then two years i was talking about the cheaper ones by the way
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Yea HDs normally last a while. My dad had a HD going on for 4 years. It was a 20 GB. He replaced it a year ago. He replaced not cause it broke. But cause it just wasn't doing the job. Needed more space.
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Yeah, People either have really good luck with hard drives, or not so

Hard drives when they do go though are such a pain!
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no kidding they take everything down with them..that stinks. haha.
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Hard drives are like 2 year not sure about the rest it depends how much money you spent on them. What i do is get medium Hard drives and before they die i copy all the data across to my new one and life goes on
are you sure?
i have an old windows 95 computer from 1995, so it's 9 years old. it has a 1.5GB hd and its still running....
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Heat will shorten the life of any computer dramaticly. Good cooling is mandatory for long life and stable operation.
I have a P3 that is going on 10 years old with a WD 20gig drive and the only thing that has ever been changed on that baby is the case.
Proper care is the key...
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I think my hard drive has been going for about three years but like 6% of the drive is fragmented. And if I try to run a defrag or a system cleanup the computer restarts. So I backed up my moms pictures and am waiting for the worst.
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i'm building my new computer, asap
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your mom's pictures?? hehe what a family man. Lol. Just kiding.
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Parts life also depend where you get it. I recently replaced a PS for a client in a dell that was only 2 years old! However there weren't any case fans in his box either. Also, I was a sysadmin at a school for a bit, and they had some ubsession with buying P3 vectras that were worth about $600 for over $1000 because they felt they needed the support. Well 18 out of the 30 computers in the lab and hard drives crap out with in 2 years. I don't know if it was the vendor they were purchasing the HPs through or what, but something was not making sence. If you purchase something with cooling and from a reliable vendor though, I'd say most parts seem to work until the technologies old and it needs to be replaced anyways.
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whoa.. thanks for the quick replies.. so i think that computers' life span really depends on several things...
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Just like a washer/dryer, a car, a bike, and a lot of other things around the house. How well you take care of it will depend on how long it lasts. But heat is the worst thing for it, Then bugs(believe it or not) then dust. And of course the cost has a lot, too, as you get what you pay for. But all in all an average cost computer should last about 5 years without major issues. But In real time it should be updated every 2 to 3 years to stay current with the technology of the day.
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