how long do you wait to change your computer?

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United States
March 2, 2008 5:05pm CST
i would like to change my computer and buy a new one every two years. technology is changing so fast and i want to keep up with it. i also want to take advantage of the benifits of new technology. one example of this is intel processors. i could see that intel is making advances in their processors. before they were head to head with amd and now they are leading the way to be the best computer processor in the market. i like intel because they are always thinking ahead of something new and something innovative to make the job easier for the consumers.
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14 responses
@Alfie1970 (257)
2 Mar 08
I look at buying a new computer the same way as i would buying a new car, when you buy the latest model its out of date as soon as you get it home! First proper computer i bought after owning a 486, was a super dooper pc with 1gb costing £1500 that i was assured i would never need anything bigger than that, and it had a cdrom pmsl, Now i think im on my 10th computer, i now use laptops - my latest one has 80gb and duel core pentium processor, why? i dont know, nor do i care, what i do know is its out of date, i does what i want it to do and it'll probs be on ebay within a year when i go get another one and hes cost a miserly £300 in fact i bought 3, 1 for my girlfriend too, her old laptop was carved from stone i think lol Happy computing :)
• United States
2 Mar 08
as soon as your take the computer than your buy from a store, it starts aging and it starts the countdown of being replace by a new one. things just age and they need to be replace in sometime or another. thanks for responding.
• United States
2 Mar 08
I usually change my computer when the last one becomes such a problem that I dont want to deal with it anymore. In the last 8 years ive went through 4 computers. The first was brand new but water dripped all over it from a leaking pipe. Then I went on to a laptop that was given to me and then one that I bought. They were both old and such a pain in the butt. Til finally this last xmas I got a brand new one again. In hopes not to go through anymore problems.
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• United States
2 Mar 08
you should put your laptop in a safe place and take care of it even more because from what you have been through, you are very prone to accidents and events leading to your changing of your computer very often. thanks for responding.
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
2 Mar 08
i have yet to own computer that doesn't self destruct after 2 years, i am hoping the new onme i have now will last longer!!
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• United States
2 Mar 08
i would recommend that you buy something that will last more than two years. the best brands out there are: sony, dell, alienware, and hp. i would also recommend you buy a desktop because desktops are upgradable in some parts. but if you're looking for portability, of course you would probably go for a laptop.
• United States
3 Mar 08
I am actually lucky enough not to have to buy a computer every couple of years as I am very computer literate. I build my own computers and since I'm such a loyal customer to the local computer place and go in there often enough I get excellent discounts from them. I can build and program a computer myself, design websites, and type 117 wpm. I'm currently taking classes to further my education and perhaps make something of myself so I can take my knowledge and skills and get a good paying job with them someday. Although I am also majoring in Sociology...Double major...Yikes! But at least I'll have a choice! Anyway, point is, that yes, technology is moving very fast and it is certainly good to upgrade your computer often whether that means doing it yourself or buying a new one.
• United States
3 Mar 08
wow! looks like you got a lot of potential. i wish you good things because i know that's what you're going to have when you get all your education done. can i ask you for some advice then if i had a problem with my computer? i pretty quite savvy about computer but i don't go to school just for computer just like what you do. so can i ask for your advice if i had a problem? can i? can i? thanks again for responding.
• United States
3 Mar 08
Of course. I will help in anyway that I can. I'm a lot better with hands on but I can do my best if you ever need any advice or have a question. Feel free to ask anytime you feel the need. I love to help others in anyway that I can. And yes, I think things will be quite good for me when I'm done. Thanks! PS. great post, I love the topic of technology and computers. :-)
@Asylum (48292)
• Manchester, England
3 Mar 08
I have had 3 computers and 2 laptops over the past 10 years, which is far more than I had realised until I started to respond to this discussion. I usually buy a computer with scope to upgrade, which helps to extend the life of it without it becoming too outdated. I have already changed the DVD writer and graphics card in my current computer, along with fitting a sound card, extra USB ports and a couple of SATA drives. I am now considering changing the sound card again and replacing the speakers. I did not realise just how much money I have actually spent on this hobby.
• United States
3 Mar 08
since you love your computer that much, you are willing to do anything for your hobby. your hobby is a good hobby because it helps you do your work faster when it comes to doing job in your computer.
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I have no idea how long I've had mine. It keeps getting upgraded as needed, so I'd say mine is at LEAST 5 years. And works great.
• Canada
3 Mar 08
I agree with you about how fast technology is changing and what not .. But it isn't necessarily NECESSARY to change your computer every 2 years. The best thing is usually to upgrade but it really depends I suppose. My family got our first computer in 1995 it was a Windows 95. Our next computer was in 2000 and it was a Windows ME lol. Then in 2003 I got my own computer .. It was a Windows XP. In 2005 my brother got his own computer it was a custom built with XP. Then I got a new one in Summer 2006. Not too long after .. My mom got her own one and so did my dad. This shows how important computers are around here LOL. So I would have to say that I get a new computer on average about every 3 years or so. Usually you can just upgrade yours though atleast if it is custom like mine. I would NEVER buy a Dell they use really cheap/crappy parts.
• Singapore
3 Mar 08
I think the period of two years is appropriately to change the computer specially if you like to play the 3D games. the hardwares are required very high level. I must update my desktop computer every half to one year in order to satified purpose of new game operating very well.
@chris1314 (787)
3 Mar 08
I normally change my computers after 2 years, or whenever they break! I think that desktops are better because you can easily upgrade them, and they tend to be hardier and last longer =] But i like laptops because you can carry them around. One of each is best =] Chris
• Philippines
3 Mar 08
yeah, same here...I would like to change my computer every two years since I want to sell it at still very competitive and reasonable price. Then, the money from that would be added to my savings in buying a new computer.
@magikrose (5424)
• United States
3 Mar 08
My husband just bought me a brand new computer with the Intel dual core processor and I totally love it. We bought a referbished computer 2yrs ago and it is slowly dying and not working for me any more so I kinda bugged and begged him to get me a new one and vwala he did. LOL
@hhw521 (216)
• China
3 Mar 08
i think if it is not that computer cannot comfort you on your work or study,it is no worth to waste your money to update your computer,if u do this,resouce will be wasted.in fact,u do not need some functions
@rashmigs (400)
• Singapore
3 Mar 08
Yes i totally agree with u. However, I only upgrade my computer once its time. I dont change it... Atleast, until now, i havnt. I increased my RAM from 256MB to 1.2GB. Also increased my hardisk space. Changed my processor... Now i think its time to buy a laptop. I always prefer laptop over desktop computer. So planning to buy one soon :)
@merjun (158)
• Philippines
3 Mar 08
depends on how long my computer run or in short its life span ^_^. but if i have enough money to waste it then i'll do it yearly. I like AMD they based on speed and performance not on how many core/processor inside in one chip plus its more affordable ^_^.