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What is your longest standing main rig?

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June 27, 2012 at 20:05:59
Specs: Win 7 HP X64, E7500 3.2Ghz / 6GB
I have just decided to upgrade rather than get a complete rebuild and it got me thinking of how long I've had this PC for, and she is now over 4 years old. It really didn't even need an upgrade I just wanted it. I decided this would probably be its last upgrade. Upping to 6GB of ram, a 128GB Intel 520 SSD, USB 3.0 card and Win 7 X64. Should be fast enough for quite a while now. I don't see any reason why I'd need a new PC within the next 12 to 18 months. So it would be getting close to 6 years with only one major upgrade, that's pretty dang good for a PC which initially cost around $500. And this upgrade total comes to about $300. $800 for a pc that serves you well for over 5 years? Thats pretty good.

There is always talk of "Future-proofing" a new PC build so you can use it for as long as possible, it wasn't really a consideration when I built this PC. Given that DDR3 boards were available at the time for not that much more money. The main killer of this PC will be the RAM and SATA II, but really, for a PC running for 4 years its still a sweet rig.

She now has:
E7500 @ 3.2GHz
6GB DDR2 800
128GB Intel 520 SSD
1TB WD Green
Nvidia 9800GT
Win 7 X64

Should serve me a fair while longer... LGA775 was a good socket!

So what is your longest serving PC, as your main rig or in use every day. I've had more cars than I have had PC's so that's saying something!

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June 28, 2012 at 03:00:05
Actually, the two "everyday-use" machines I have would be a lot older:

Microtel (AMD Sempron 1.7GHz)
40GB Internal HDD
(4) External USB HDD's (160GB/320GB/320GB/1TB)
(2) DVD-RW's
Win7 Home Premium
Purchased 2006

Dell OptiPlex GX110 (Intel PIII 866MHz)
20GB + 80GB Internal HDD's
(1) DVD-RW
(1) CD-RW
Purchased through a former-employer's scrap sale in 2007, they originally purchased it in 2001.

I'd think 11 years from a machine to be average, but I guess that depends on your outlook on "future-proofing".

Neither machine has anything special other than internal video/sound (I'm not into gaming).

There's several other Pentium 1 through P4 (and older) machines that I use "routinely", too numerous to list here; the oldest being an IBM PC/XT from 1983.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 28, 2012 at 04:46:13
My main rig
-P4 3ghz HT
-1.5 GB of ram
-2 dvd writers 1 cd writer(current not connected)
-1 wd blue 320gb and 80gb wd
-ASRock P4i65G (this board was purchased later after the original board died)
-Win xp SP3

I started with 128 MB of ram, 20 GB hdd & 1.7 GHZ P4 back in 2006 after i sold my nokia 6230i.

U must have good reason for not installing SP3.

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.

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June 28, 2012 at 07:46:14
@ T-R-A: How does Win7 run on an older (I assume socket A) sempron?
I made my brothers PC from spare bits, put in a 2.8GHz P4 and thought it was sluggish on Win7. I do have a 3GHz HT P4 CPU I've been meaning to install in it.

I suppose I upgrade because of 3 things
1) I'm impatient
2) I like playing some newer games
3) I'm a cosumer W#0R3 and like getting new things.

I do recycle my PC's and they usually end up in somebodys hands for free.

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June 28, 2012 at 08:32:35
My oldest machine that I still use:

Dell Precision 530
Dual Intel Xeon Socket 603s at 2.8 GHz With HT
230 GB Primary HDD + 200 GB Secondary HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX5200
1 CD/DVD Reader
1 CD/DVD Writer
Windows XP Pro SP3

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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June 28, 2012 at 09:51:18
The machine I am on now was built in 2007. Originally it was built for someone else and had Win XP MCE. He decided not to pay when job was done. 2008 Win XP Pro was installed. When Win 7 free trial started it was dual booted. Shortly after final release came out was given a copy of Win7 Ultimate x64 it is now the main OS.
Dual Core 2.4 Gig
Asus P5B MB
4GB DDR2 800 Ram Added 2 more GB in 2008
2 x 160 GB WD Blue in Raid 0 Raid dumped a while back. Added 1TB Hitachi and removed 1 160GB WD. It is now an external backup device.
DVD burner and floppy drive. Added second dvd burner and cd rom later.
Forget what the original vid card was but it was upgraded not long after Win7 became perminent to Ati HD 4650.
PSU has been replaced once

2nd Machine Built in 2001
XP Home
P4 2.8 Gig
Abit IS7 MB
2GB DDR 333
Forget again what video card but it was no great thing
CD Burner Replaced later with DVD Burner
Floppy drive
PSU was upgraded from 450 watt to 550 watt in 2004

3rd Machine
HP Pavilion 6645 c purchased new in late '99 or ealy 2000.
.566 celeron processor
onboard video
ram upgraded from 64mb to 256mb
modem replaced twice
PSU upgrade from factory 250 watt to 400 watt
replaced cd rom with dvd combo drive
added pci slot fan, front and rear fans
15GB HDD replaced with 60GB Maxtor.
This one still runs great but we don't use it much except for a few games It boots so much faster and runs a good deal cooler than the others we have. This is where my learning really began.


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June 28, 2012 at 15:42:37
@ kuwese:

"U must have good reason for not installing SP3."

Simple. Same reason I don't have SP-1 for Win7 installed. I don't need it or have any software that requires it. Had a system borked updating XP to SP3 (the AMD machine), which prompted me to install Win7 (fresh) on it and move XP to the Dell (which previously had Win2K).

@ mattwizz3:

"How does Win7 run on an older (I assume socket A) sempron?"

Quite well, actually. Of course for it to do that you have to turn off all the "wow" (Luna, enhanced graphics, etc.). Didn't buy it for the "wow" factor; in fact, I was content running XP on it previously (until the fore-mentioned bork). It's unusual for me to blaze new trails with an OS (I didn't have Win95 until 1997, Win98 until 2000, XP until 2006), but I had just found a new job (which I have since moved-on from) and felt like "celebrating" a little. Found Win7 home for >$100 at Newegg, so it was a deal (at the time---November 2009) I couldn't pass-up.

Also, realize I'm not a gamer (unless you consider chess/checkers and other old Win3.x games in that category). Win7 Home being 32-bit (and of course having a 32-bit CPU) was preferable since there's a lot of 16-bit stuff I'm not willing to give up just yet...

The actual machine is here (links from this page are dead):

It actually was overclocked in XP using software, but Win7 tests it at 1.7GHz. Only thing that remains (besides the MoBo and CPU) in it is the floppy drive, case, Network card, and original 40GB HDD. Removed the CD-Rom and added both DVD-RW's, 2GB of RAM and an additional USB 2.0 card for the external HDD's.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 28, 2012 at 21:35:15
Longest serving PC would be my old Athlon 600. Built it in 1999 to replace a Pentium II; stopped using it as my main rig in 2001. It's now used as a retro gaming box.

Longest running main rig? Definitely my Opteron system. I've had the motherboard since 2005 (with an Athlon 64 3000), and the newer Opteron processor since 2007. Specs are:

A8N32-SLI Deluxe mobo
S939 Opteron 185 dual-core, overclocked to 3.2GHz
4GB of OCZ CL2 DDR-400 memory
GTX 460 1GB video card
X-Fi Titanium Pro sound card
Corsair HX 620w PSU, Antec P182 case
Win7 x64

However, I've slowly been collecting parts for a new rig. I've actually had all of the parts on my desk for nearly a month. Just haven't had the time to assemble it, install all of my software, move everything over, etc. Now that kids are on their summer break, I should be able to get the new machine up and running next month.

The mATX Beast will consist of:
Asus Rampage IV Gene LGA2011 mobo
Core i7 3930K (SB-E, 6 cores+HT=12 threads)
16GB of quad-channel Corsair DDR3-1866
Zotac GeForce GTX 670
240GB Intel 520, 2TB WD HDD
Seasonic X560 PSU
Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E mATX case

Biggest upgrade ever! Having three Adobe programs open at once, editing/encoding 1080 video--can really bring my old dual-core AMD to its knees. Can't wait to see it run on an overclocked 12-threader!

HTPC | Pentium M @ 2.82GHz, 2MB L2) | 4GB | 1.0TB | Radeon HD5750 | Blu-Ray
Win 7 Pro | Modified PowerMac G4 QuickSilver case

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June 28, 2012 at 21:49:21
That should be a beast jackbomb! Having a look at these specs here, computers changed a LOT between 1999 and 2001. From 566MHz Celerons to 2.8GHz P4's.


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July 3, 2012 at 08:29:03
I not sure how old these computer is but have 2 old computers that i use-


P4 521 w/HT 2.8GHz (Prescott, LGA775)
2GB RAM (4x512MB)
ATI raedon x1650 se (crap i know but i got it for £5)
500GB hard drive
Win7 - Pro x86

My second is-

AMD sempron 3500+ 2.00GHz (Manila, AM2)
1GB RAM (2x512MB)
Inno 3d/Nvidia GT430 (got this cheap aswell, £30 boxed and brand new).
40GB hard drive (originally had 200GB but that hard drive messed up, got this from the computer above).
Win7- Pro x86

I,ve got an very old one but i never use it- Got it for £12.

Compaq deskpro (not sure about model).
Intel celeron 400 MHz (slot 1, Mendocino)
288MB RAM (1x256 1x64MB)
Nvidia g.force 2 MX , Upgraded from Trio64 S3)
5GB hard drive
No OS currently (can't be bothered to install one).

My current one is a laptop-

Asus X54H SX270V
Intel I3 2310M
Intel HD 3000 (actually pretty decent then i thought)
750GB Hard drive
Win7 HP, x64

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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July 3, 2012 at 08:58:54
My other machines that I didn't mention in my previous post:

My newest and nicest:
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520
Core i3 @ 2.1 GHz (Dual Core w/ HT)
320 GB 7200 RPM HDD
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Windows 7 Pro x64

My server:
Dell PowerEdge 2850
Dual 2.8 GHz Xeons (Dual-Core, unknown if they have HT)
760 GB Combined HDD Space (6 HDD)
ATi Mobility Graphics
No OS at the moment.

My other laptop:
Dell Latitude D810
Pentium 4 @ 2.23 GHz (No HT)
1.25 GB RAM
Nvidia Integrated Graphics
Windows XP Pro SP3

Another desktop:
Dell Dimension E310
Pentium 4 @ 2.8 GHz w/ HT
1.25 GB RAM
Intel Integrated Graphics
Windows XP MCE 2005

Another desktop:
Compaq Presario SR1738NX
Athlon 64 3500+
ATi Integrated Graphics
200 GB HDD
Windows XP Home

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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July 3, 2012 at 09:23:16
RMT2- Have you got the same CPU as mine your newest and nicest computer (i3-2310M)?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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July 3, 2012 at 09:53:21
Yes, msinfo32.exe shows Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU. Our computers are also similar in the RAM category. :)

You've been helped by a 14 year old.

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July 3, 2012 at 10:19:36
I have 4 older machines I'm still using that I run UNIX or linux on but those don't see a lot of "every day" type use even though they'r on 24/7 (used for backup purposes, the UNIX box is a firewall/router and one linux box runs my gamespeak server).

Two are P3's and one is an older AMD based system that would be equivalent to a P3. The 4th is my wife's old PC which was retired almost two years ago and is very close to the system I just retired a couple weeks ago which is my longest running "production" computer. It's my old gaming rig. I got a little over 6 years of constant use and gaming out of it by upgrading the RAM once (from 1 GB to 2 GB's) and upgrading the video from whatever I'd put in it originally to a single NVIDIA GeForce 8800 and finally to dual 8800's in SLI mode.

Diablio III came out recently and requires a minimum dual core CPU so I was forced to upgrade the entire box.

My old system is:
AMD Athalon 4000+ CPU

My wife's older PC has the same mobo as above but has a 3800+ Athalon CPU and a single GeForce 8800 video card.

My new system:
ASUS Sabertooth X79 Mobo
Intel i7 3820 quad core CPU
32 GB's of Kingston Hyper-X 1600 RAM
Primary Drive: 256 GB Solid State (Crucial) Sata 3
Secondary Drive: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
ASUS GeForce GTX570

I figure I'll only have to upgrade this single video card in a couple years to dual highend cards in SLI mode to get 5 or 6 years out of this system too.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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