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View Poll Results: How often do you buy a new computer?
1-2 years (Moores law is the law) 4 8.51%
>2-4 15 31.91%
>4-6 17 36.17%
>6-8 8 17.02%
>8-10 2 4.26%
10+ (The commodor 64 rocks!) 1 2.13%
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#1 Old 12-26-2011, 09:12 AM
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Personally, I try to hold on to mine as long as possible (about 6-8 years). Just as long as I can do day to day things without crashes or watching paint dry.

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Well, I've had mine since 2008, and it runs as fast as the day I got it. But, 1)it's a mac, 2) I don't download a ton of programs/extra crap.

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Personally, I try to hold on to mine as long as possible (about 6-8 years). Just as long as I can do day to day things without crashes or watching paint dry.

Same here.

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I just replaced my 2005 desktop. It was just too slow, and I need a laptop for school anyway.

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My first two-notebooks (I'm on my third now) lasted about 5-years each, but they were travelling with me on the highway, which may have shortened their brief lives.

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I bought a desktop in 04, a netbook in 09' (turned out to be a piece of crap) and a macbook last month, which I plan to keep as long as possible.
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I haven't ever in my entire life bought a new computer, and I'm a computer nerd

Basically, my parents bought me a C64 and after that an Amiga 500 back in the day, after that I bought a second hand Amiga 1200 (for which I had to buy a replacement motherboard last year).

Until 2005 I only used my A1200, and didn't have a peecee. In that year someone gave me an old Pentium laptop (which I used for some old games, like Warcraft 2), and shortly after that someone else gave me a 550 mhz Pentium 3 based machine. Now I use a 667 mhz Pentium 3, which I also got for free.

So basically the answer is never. This will undoubtedly change in the future, but I'm probably not getting anything new any time soon.
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Keep my work computers for about 4 years, when I replace them I recycle them to home and family. Usually replace the hard drive and install a new operating system on them. Then they're good to go for another 4 years or so.
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I've had 4 computers since 1998. I still have 3 of them and use 2 of them.
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I've had 4 computers since 1998. I still have 3 of them.

What operating system are you running on them?
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I buy mine every 5+ years for my laptops, and 8 years for the towers since i tend to just replace what's inside, but i actually have a looooooooot of computers of all kinds, unfortunately not a commodre ;-( the older ones run under linux debian or openbsd, and they like new, even faster that the new windows 7 ( well, after some serious tweaks ).

I buy a new laptop only when i need more power ( ram, ghz, GC ) than i can have by upgrading, or when i just don't have the rime to play around searching for special components wich became rare. Some softwares and ip blacklists require it.

Nevertheless, viva el commodor

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What operating system are you running on them?

The oldest one ('03) has XP. The middle one ('07, I think) has 7. The newest one ('10) is a MacBook Pro (Snow Leopard).
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When the one I am using breaks or is broken.

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I've been really cheap with my computers, and I've paid for it. I've had to get a new one every 1.5-2 years because they just die. I just invested in a new iMac and I'm hoping I don't have to replace it for at least 4 years.
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I just invested in a new iMac and I'm hoping I don't have to replace it for at least 4 years.

As long as you take care of it, your iMac should last many, many years.
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As long as you take care of it, your iMac should last many, many years.

Yes, I had to chase my husbands friend away as soon as he mentioned the word 'overclock'.
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I've only had three desktops since 1998. First two lasted me 6 years each and the third one is just shy of a year old now. I'm not one to always need the latest and greatest gadgets, and will only purchase a new computer when the old one will no longer perform the minimal tasks required of it.
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macs stand the test of time better than other, yes, but 90% of the time, when something goes wrong, you are much more likely to be forced to replace your whole computer rather than just changing a part... and given their price, i wouldn't consider it as being cheaper.

But basically if you want your computer to last long, always make sure it stays cold, if you can feel it's hot with your hand, something is wrong, the more hot your computer becomes, the quicker it will be "used".
make shure it has space to breath fresh and clean air, avoid using it near the floor ( 20cm hight is more dirty, dunno the word in english, all those little grey things ), and from time to time don't forget to open your computer and clean the ventilator. If it's a laptop avoid closing the screen on the keyboard. Don't shut them down brutally, leave some ram free... It's better to use your laptop flat rather than inclined, for example on the train or on your knees, with time some parts can become to move a little, nothing big but you can have problems if the hard drive works a lot a this moment ( and anyway having a laptop on you is bad for fertility ).

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But basically if you want your computer to last long, always make sure it stays cold, if you can feel it's hot with your hand, something is wrong, the more hot your computer becomes, the quicker it will be "used".

MacBook Pros and iMacs are made of aluminum. They're designed to absorb heat and be hot.
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The PC I'm on now I bought in 2002 and it still goes well although I format it every 2 or 3 years to keep it fresh. I'm not sure if I will get another desktop when this one dies.
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Got my first laptop in 2007... Replaced it in 2009 and a few months ago that one died but I couldn't afford a new laptop plus I needed something small (because I have to take it to college on my motorbike) so I have a netbook now..

My 2007 laptop is kinda OK... It's just really slow now.. I pretty much use my netbook for everything even though I know I shouldn't...
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In the past, about every 4-6 years. But now computers are so fast, I don't see a new computer on the horizon anytime soon. I have a quad core with HD graphics and HDMI output.
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I get a new laptop every 2 years or so and I upgrade my desktop continually, so whether I replace it or not it's always got new stuff in it. The replaced parts are used to upgrade my older computers, which aren't necessarily retired. The older ones serve purposes ranging from media storage to experimenting with questionable 3rd party software to see what kinds of surprises it comes with before putting it on my primary computers.

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Between 3-6 years. Even the newest computer I have was bought used lol. The one before (which is my mom's) was home made..
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Our family always buys new computers with the extended warranties. We like to have computers that are fairly up to date for gaming and such, so by the time the extended warranty runs out (four years or so?) we just go ahead and replace them. We use our old computers as backup, servers to host games, and loaners to family or friends who find themselves in need of a computer.

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I get a new laptop every 2 years or so and I upgrade my desktop continually, so whether I replace it or not it's always got new stuff in it. The replaced parts are used to upgrade my older computers, which aren't necessarily retired. The older ones serve purposes ranging from media storage to experimenting with questionable 3rd party software to see what kinds of surprises it comes with before putting it on my primary computers.

Having lived with a computer guy for many years, I read your post and see the "office" in my house, the computer parts shop and graveyard.
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#28 Old 12-30-2011, 07:43 AM
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We use our old computers as backup, servers to host games, and loaners to family or friends who find themselves in need of a computer.

Thanks for bringing that up! A natural follow up question...

So what do you do with your old computers?

In the past, I've brought them to the recycling center. But now that my son is older, I'm going to give my old ones to him for schoolwork.

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So what do you do with your old computers?

I've always given my old computers to family or friends who could not afford to buy one for themselves or their children. Even my most outdated computers have been able to do word-processing, internet-surfing and Office stuff with ease. I myself have kept an old computer on hand to load Linux on and experiment with... for instance Slackware has quite minimal requirements. I haven't actually garbaged a computer yet, but then as I mentioned above I hold onto my machines until they absolutely cannot perform what I ask of them.
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I'm a spoiled former tech nerd (I'm not as bad as I used to be), and a bit hypocritical I guess lol. I see my computers, especially my laptop, as tools, and I like to have top notch tools at all times. If I'm overseas filling some short term contract and I have to do something on my computer and I am short on time, not having a slow PoS is worth the price of replacing it fairly regularly. Nonetheless, I stand by my claim that if I had the option I would send the entire world back to the stone age if I could

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