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How often do you change* your main system?
About once every 3 months (or more frequently) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
About once every 6 months 20%  20%  [ 2 ]
About once a year 20%  20%  [ 2 ]
About once every 2 years 30%  30%  [ 3 ]
About once every 3 years 20%  20%  [ 2 ]
About once every 4 years 10%  10%  [ 1 ]
About once every 5 years (or less frequently) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 10
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 Post subject: How often do you change your main system?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:55 am 

Joined: Wed Oct 15, 2003 6:21 pm
Posts: 158
Location: Great Britain
Recently, I've come to realise that I'll be keeping my current system (built in 2001) for at least another twelve months, mainly through lack of money. That'll make it over four years old by the time it's replaced. I wonder how often other SPCR members change their main system... And if you're holding off on an upgrade at the moment, what are your reasons?

* - for the poll's purposes, a change could be either a) a totally new system or b) a core performance upgrade like swapping out the CPU and mobo.

System: Antec P180 - Pentium-M 2.0GHz @ 1.05V - AOpen i915GMm-HFS - Samsung SP2504C - 1GB Crucial DDR2-533 - Seasonic S12-430
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:52 am 
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Location: Houten, The Netherlands, Europe
After two years there are so many new technologies. Then it starts itching and I want to play with them.

3) MSI RS480M2-IL | A64 3000+ | Freezer 64 | SS-301HT | 7200.7 PATA 40GB
5) Intel D525MW | Intel 320 40GB | Vertex II 180GB

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 6:39 am 

Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2004 3:58 pm
Posts: 2057
Location: Toronto
This is a very confusing question in a lot of ways. For example, a video card upgrade can be very costly, or quite cheap, and either way it might improve performance a lot, or not. Even a CPU/MB upgrade might not be all that expensive, especially if the system is already loaded with periphals. Especially for the longer intervals, a lot of people's upgrade intervals will be inconsistant. And now with the rate of improvement slowing down so much, I think it'll either discourage people(at least those with sense) from upgrading/replacing so frequently, or make people switch from replament-upgrades to stacking upgrades. And this will be far more true for those who are suspicious that paladium will end up controlling what programs they can and can't run on future systems.

I had four systems, 33, 166, 333 and 1663(2000+)mhz. With the first three, I only made minor upgrades (doubled ram on every one, multimedia kit( remember those?), 256k VGA to 1M, and a voodoo1 card). This one, however, I think I'll upgrade a lot. I've considered upgrading pretty much every way possible.

With the heat wall stopping CPUs, what I'm most eagerly awaiting is for desktop hard drives to start moving to 2.5". Maybe then I'll switch to a smaller form factor.

Edit: think I'll add a complementary poll

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