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How often do you buy a new computer?

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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 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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