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Dell Inspiron 17-7737 intel core i7 4500...
September 26, 2016 at 17:59:42
Specs: Windows 10, Core i7 4740/16gb
I've got a Dell XPS 8700 with a Core i7-2600 quad-core cpu, a 1TB SSHD drive(approx. 1.5 years old), 2 more internal drives - 1TB(approx. 3yrs old) for backups, 3TB(approx. 4 yrs old)for backups, 16GB DDR3 1600 memory(approx. 2 yrs old), an Nvidia GTX 750ti 2gb video card(approx. 3yrs old), a USB 3.0 PCIe expansion card and a 450w power supply(original). It's running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit(fresh install approx. 1.5yrs ago). It also has a DW1501 Wireless-N Half Mini-Card and a Broadcom Netlink Gigabit Ethernet. The unit was purchased in either 2010 or 2011. My question is, except for the SSHD, external drive, USB 3.0 expansion card and maybe the video card, should I start looking for a new computer. Now, in my experience, computers will start failing(a component at a time maybe) after 4-5 years, at least the ones that I have worked on in the last 8-9 years or so. This computer is going to start to be used for Photoshop/video-editing purposes and just generally, heavy multi-tasking. I very much respect the opinions here so I always appreciate the replies given here. Thanks in advance.

Loretta


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#1
September 27, 2016 at 05:46:35
If anything, you might wanna replace the power supply. Other than that, I don't see much need for any upgrades.

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September 27, 2016 at 07:30:08
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I have one or two rather "elderly" desktop/tower systems; the youngest being from 1998. They still work fine and nothing has died in them - hard drives of whatever. True I have upgraded the hard drives - larger capacity - but that's all; they still work fine.

Likewise a 2005 Acer Aspire laptop runs perfectly...

If it ain't broke - don't fix it' apart from the psu as per "riider"...

Photo-shop/video editing is number crunching; ensure cooling systems are clear of dust etc.; and you have adequate (max possible?) RAM installed.


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September 27, 2016 at 08:33:31
Thanks for the prompt replies. My conclusion from your opinions are that, there is still some life left in this machine even for heavy-duty work except for the power supply. That is something that I will seriously consider and then keeping the machine clean to keep it adequately cooled. Maybe the 4-5 year lifespan of a pc that I have experienced doesn't apply to the general population. I will re-evaluate that opinion in the future. This pc does things acceptably well even given the age of the cpu by itself.

I knew that I would get some good responses if I came here and asked the right question. Thanks again to all who responded.

Loretta


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#4
September 27, 2016 at 08:34:50
Oh and yes the memory is maxed for this computer.

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