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Posted 3/19/16
What's the average life expectancy for a computer/laptop. No limits on the answers. If you have any experience post it.
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Do you mean as in until it breaks down, or becomes obsolete?

The only computer that I've owned that has completely broke was my first and it lasted 6 years until it started leaking acid on the motherboard. None of my other computers have broken (3 PCs and 2 laptops).
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For moderate, non-gaming use a PC/laptop should be fine for many years. Keep it cool and clean the dust out every couple months. No upper limit to how long a PC can last. My grandma still uses the family PC we purchased in 2001.

Every PC I have built lasted until I replaced it. The most I've had to do is replace a power supply and a bad RAM stick. I typically build a new PC every 5 years or so, and it has always been mid-range for $500-600. If you plan ahead and know what you are doing, you can usually do some basic upgrades 3-4 years down the road and keep your hardware relevant a couple more years.


At the end of this year I'm going to build a new one, and this time I'm going all out. I've languished in the world of budget builds for too long. It will be glorious.
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My late cheap-ass, tiny XP lasted me 8-9 years, and ran well until a damned airport scanner fried my motherboard last April, minus the battery. My new Toshiba Satellite Radius isn't even a year old yet.
Posted 3/19/16
An i7 can go for quite a while. Worth having depending on what you do. Video cards are not as long lived. Two years is fair.
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3 years and still going strong
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2 years
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I've had the very same Macbook Pro for about 6 years now, soon I've had it for 7 years.
It's probably time to let it go soon. It's driving me nuts how slow it can be.
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10 years for a MBP, and still chugging along. I use it for Sims 2, Photoshop, MS Office. My "youngest" computer is 4 years old. I don't have any plans getting a new one really since I have four functional computers in the house right now which meets my current needs.
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oh misread, i read it as how long have you had it. well..
my old one lasted for 3 years and it crashed twice and died
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My laptop's been kickin for 6 years now, but it's not able to do some of the things i need it to. Don't have the cash for a new one though. i5 is standard in a lot of laptops now, but mine is running on an old pentium processor which unfortunately doesn't posses the computing power that i need to run some of the programs i use for school. Ah well, i can rely on the computers at school for now, but just like phones anymore, laptops start becoming obsolete after about 5 years. That doesn't mean that it's bad, it just depends on what you need it to do really
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I've got a Pentium 4 from 2002 that still works, so that one's 14 years old. I don't use it though because it's kinda deteriorated to a point where it's too slow even after a complete OS re-install.

One of the computers I still regularly use was a Core 2 Extreme and that one is probably from 2006... So that one is 10 years old, discounting the motherboard replacement.

The one I'm typing on is about maybe 7 years old.

My gaming rig is 5 years old, not counting upgrades to graphics cards and SSD... Core i5 2500K is still plenty fast for today's uses
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got 3 desktop on home,the longest lasting ones is the one i m using as a main in my room.
mine been running 12/7 since about 8 years ago.
the only problem ive had is just a dimm of ram died,replace it,and thats about it.
whoever said amd cpu is not durable ,i will show them how long mine lasted,and i oc + unlock core on it since i first bought it.
still running absolutely fine ,playing newer game on medium setting on 900p.

clean your desktop twice in a year,get rid of the dust and hair that stuck inside[thats the minimum]
good airflow,use a good surge protector,dont let your pet near it,do not position it on the floor.

it should last long.
mainly use it for gaming,audio mixing,audio recording,video editing.
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Posted 3/19/16
I usually break a new laptop every few months.
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2 years for my desktop & laptop.
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