|I have various systems of different vintages, rorm Sinclair spectrum 48k+ thru 386 laptop, 486 laptop p3 650, p3 866, amd k6-2 350 up to my latest laptop an Hp Pavilion ZD8369EA P4 3.2Ghz|
It has been my experience that intel chipset boards seem to be more stable and less prone to failure though again I have seem some very reliable PC Chips boards (socket 7 and slot 1) My own personal preference is for Intel Processor though I have had AMD based systems.
I used to refurbish 286 and 386 systems for students and i did a few 486`s also. I bought a lot of stock from a local company that had gone bust, "dead/faulty" motherboards, failed Ram u/s hard drives . . out of the 20+ motherboards only one was actually faulty (a busted DIN keyboard socket which soldered back on fine) the rest all worked fine with judicious juggling of components, the hard drives were replace under manufacturers warranty all were then fine except for the quantum fireball replacement on which i installed 98 and all drivers only for it to click and die on the 1st reboot :/ Many of the processors were fine if underclocked ie 350 mhz running at 333mhz tho i did have a 300mhz running at 350 with no problems for several years till I sold the system.
Overclocking would tend to shorten life due to heat production, which is why I don`t believe that more modern systems which do seem to run much hotter than the old 300mhz systems do. Only time will tell.
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