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ETenebrisLux09 Apr 2012 4:56 p.m. PST

How is your primary computer ?

A recent article suggests that computer owners purchase a new one every 18 months for dedicated users. While casual users buy a new one every 4 years.

Cufflink09 Apr 2012 5:02 p.m. PST

I got my current one last Summer, after the previous one gave up. I'd had that one since 2003!

Toy Soldier Green09 Apr 2012 5:08 p.m. PST

2009 for my gaming rig.
2010 for my laptop and netbook.

CorpCommander09 Apr 2012 5:11 p.m. PST

3 months, built it in December.

Mako1109 Apr 2012 5:14 p.m. PST

So old it probably uses vacuum tubes…..

Little Big Wars09 Apr 2012 5:15 p.m. PST

Mine's about two years old at this point… need to look into turning 4 GB RAM into 16…

Flat Beer and Cold Pizza09 Apr 2012 5:16 p.m. PST

My Powerbook G4 turns eight this month.

DalyDR09 Apr 2012 5:16 p.m. PST

At least six years old.


Don Manser09 Apr 2012 5:33 p.m. PST


Norman D Landings09 Apr 2012 5:33 p.m. PST

Put it this way… when I'm not using it, I have to put a tea-towel over it to stop Sauron looking through it.

nudspinespittle Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 5:35 p.m. PST

July 2007 and giving me problems. Time for a new one this summer, I think.

Cmde Perry09 Apr 2012 5:36 p.m. PST

The DROIDX is a year and a half.
The iMac is six.
Everything else is MUCH older.

Cold Steel09 Apr 2012 6:03 p.m. PST

6 years old. But then, it is a Mac, so it is just getting broken in.

JSchutt09 Apr 2012 6:09 p.m. PST

3 Days

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 6:10 p.m. PST

2009 got new everything, inc laptop for MRS Bunkermeister.

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek

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greatwhitezulu09 Apr 2012 6:27 p.m. PST

1 year

Personal logo Lentulus Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 6:30 p.m. PST

about 5 or 6 years I think – I got it used when it came out of lease at work.

RudyNelson09 Apr 2012 6:31 p.m. PST


Volstagg Vanir09 Apr 2012 6:58 p.m. PST


Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 7:02 p.m. PST

I have not one but two x 1999 models – replaced the old ones then for Y2k (unnecessarily as it turned out), and aside from new PC games from the last 3-4, they basically still work fine, and even that's more an issue of video cards and related accessories. I'd like to replace one, but other priorities for the $ for now – mostly my daughter's education!

Sergeant Paper09 Apr 2012 7:31 p.m. PST

I wish -- I'm a dedicated user, and this machine is 5.5 years old… and this was not a bleeding-edge system then.

I do need to buy a new one while Windows 7 is still available -- I shudder looking at Win 8.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 7:44 p.m. PST

5 years?

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 9:04 p.m. PST

WAY too old. Even having trouble playing basic downloadable games now! Waiting on tax return, then new printer AND computer.


17 months on this laptop. The last had been 10 years old, but had been rebuilt for 3.

CeruLucifus09 Apr 2012 11:17 p.m. PST

Well let's see.

My netbook is 18 months old, that's easy.

My work laptop is 2 months old, that's easy.

My gaming PC probably depends how you count it. If we go by when I put together case + motherboard + CPU, it's 3+ years maybe 4. But during its life I've had 5 different video setups, I've overclocked the CPU, I've added an SSD as a boot drive, and of course redone the OS. If we go by the last performance hardware change, it's 3 months.

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2012 11:30 p.m. PST

2 years for the big desktop, six months for the lap top, three years for the net book.

The desktop needs a memory upgrade, but then, so do I.

Marcus Maximus09 Apr 2012 11:44 p.m. PST

6 going on 7 years old this year, recently upgraded three years ago with new grpahics card, however, applications and the increase in streaming media on the web is starting to show its age.

And I am classed as a dedicated user…….

blacksmith10 Apr 2012 1:51 a.m. PST

MIne is around 12 years old but I've been replacing broken parts.

Roderick Robertson Fezian10 Apr 2012 2:52 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2012 3:22 a.m. PST


We buy a new computer every couple of years and they rotate to son, daughter, wife. I get the hand me downs. One kid in college and one this fall means we have had a couple of years of broken, dynamically reallocated, and "no, I'll keep the six year old one instead of taking the Vista one" computers.

I am a programmer and would say that the dedicated user would want the older one. If I write code that runs on an old computer, it will scream on a newer one.

Saginaw10 Apr 2012 4:00 a.m. PST

I think mine is about five years old, or at least as long as Windows Vista has been on the market. Changed my monitor a couple of weeks ago, after the old one burned out after eight years of service.

Patrick R10 Apr 2012 4:08 a.m. PST

4 months old desktop here, Laptop is about 3 years old.

jdpintex10 Apr 2012 6:39 a.m. PST

All of our computers (3) in the house are less than a year old. However, mine was running close to five years old when I replaced it.

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2012 6:55 a.m. PST

About a year old

LeadLair7610 Apr 2012 7:01 a.m. PST

First Laptop is about 8 years old
Desktop about 6 years old
Current Laptop 6 months old

Still like the old laptop with XP running on it for certain things.

ochoin deach10 Apr 2012 7:26 a.m. PST

Old enough to vote but not old enough to drink.

Altius10 Apr 2012 7:36 a.m. PST

I've got several.

The server is 5 years old
Desktop #1 is about 4 years old
Desktop #2 is 2
Desktop #3 is also 2
Laptop #1 is 3 years old
Laptop #2 is about 8 months old

And my son built his computer about 5-6 months ago.

PapaSync10 Apr 2012 7:57 a.m. PST

All three last Christmas 2011.

Upgraded my Rig (gaming). New mobo, cpu and memory.
Acer laptop for me. 4g,i5.500gb.
Acer Tablet for her. 32g HD and all sort of nice stuff.


Scorpio10 Apr 2012 9:23 a.m. PST

Every five years or so, enough stuff is broken and prices have dropped enough for me to upgrade.

Stronty Girl Fezian10 Apr 2012 9:40 a.m. PST

Um… I'm guessing at 10 years old. Maybe 11. Though it's had some extra memory added.

Andrew Beasley10 Apr 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

What bit specifically?

Last bit of software was yesterday
Last bit of hardware was Friday

Oldest bit would be the power lead and fuse – they must be 7 maybe 8 years old…

Blackhorse MP10 Apr 2012 9:05 p.m. PST

About two months old. Replaced one I bought back in '03.

BTW, cell phone is from '03 also…I'm not exactly a cutting edge technology guy. Oh, and what's this I hear about some new-fangled music system called a CD player? What would I do with all my cassette tapes?…

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2012 9:26 p.m. PST

One year old, I actually have a fairly high end system.

Dynaman878911 Apr 2012 8:25 a.m. PST

I replace my primary machine every 3 to 4 years, with a mid life graphics card update.

The old machine becomes my sons' hand me down machine, usually getting a ram and video card update. Their old machine is usually ready for the trash heap.

14Bore11 Apr 2012 3:16 p.m. PST

The Box or Hard drive? seem to replace hard drives every couple of years, only now I have back up (which I NEVER had before) so less than 1 year

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