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Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 22 May 2012.

  1. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Same but on an NVidia 9300 chipset .... I'm looking to upgrade for a mini-ITX H67 + i5-2400, The Q6600 and its GF 9300 IGP will be perfect as a small Linux server. My upgrade cycle is like 4 years for hardware, 8 - 10 years for monitor (change when they die :D) and never for the case (unless it is too big or too small .... but the Lian-Li PC-V1000 is unlikely to be too small :lol:).
     
  2. V3ctor

    V3ctor Tech addict...

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    The oldest thing I have is an HD5870, it still holds on at 1920x1200 and for now I won't trade it, maybe with the HD8000 or GTX700 series...
     
  3. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    I kept it for years, always threatening to spray it up and give it a new lease of life; but it was frikkin LOUD, man. :hehe:
     
  4. glenster

    glenster glenster

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    I might upgrade soon.

    AMD Athlon 3500+ 64 bit single core processor, 2.2GHz, socket 939, BIOS
    v.08.00.09
    Page file 1296MB used, 3037MB available
    Maxtor 6Y160M0 Diamond Max Plus SATA hard drive 160 GB
    152.66GB available of which I typically use about 1/3rd--about 50-55GB
    LG GSA-H10L 16x Internal Super Multi CD/DVD Rewriter optical drive
    Corsair Dominator 2046 MB memory 2 x 1GB DIMM 240-pin 1600 MHz PC3-12800
    HIS Radeon HD 4670 AGP GPU
    Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 audio card, DirectX 11
    Thermaltake Purepower 680 watts PSU
    Vista Home Premium 32 bit 6.0, build 6002 Service Pack 2
    Samsung SyncMaster 957MB 19" CRT monitor
    Logitech G110 gaming keyboard
    Logitech G500 gaming mouse
    Seagate ST-9160821U2-RK 160GB SATA external hard drive
    Brother HL-2270DW laser printer
     
  5. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    I have the same :thumb: .... was on my old IBM PC. Rock solid and heavy as hell, I'll never trade it :D
     
  6. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Well-Known Member

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    I gave up my 3200 xp with a 9800 pro in 2009 for 775 system. I guess that was 6 years or so old..

    Been keeping up a bit better in the last year or so
     
  7. jamesd1981

    jamesd1981 New Member

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    I replace my desktop every year to keep up with the very latest standards, my current system is only a couple of months old.

    Asus p8z86-v lx 1155 socket motherboard
    intel i3 2100 3.1 ghz processor
    4gb corsair vengence ddr3 1600mhz memory
    xfx radeon hd 6850 1gb ddr5
    60gb ocz vertex 3 ssd
    2tb seagate barracuda hdd

    I do this because as well as keeping up to date, i find it is the best way to get back most of the money you spend building the system.

    That way it only costs you a minimal amount extra to build your new system.

    I do come across computers that people have or still are using currently, the oldest i have seen recently was an old tiny with a pentium 2 processor and sd ram, running windows 98.
     
  8. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I've got to admit, I'm tempted to upgrade - the missing keys are a pain. Can't decide whether to go for a Cherry-switched keyboard (I'm tempted by the Filco Majestouch with Cherry Black linear switches) or a modern buckling-spring keyboard as close to the IBM ideal as possible. Like this one, in fact - although that *still* doesn't have Super keys, for no readily apparent reason.
     
  9. yougotkicked

    yougotkicked A.K.A. YGKtech

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    Oldest kit I have in my current machine is an old Hitachi HDD. an old 160 gig from before perpendicular recording, and locked to SATA1 by firmware (they can be shifted to SATA 2 for a big speed boost, never got around to it myself). Slow, small, and a bit loud when spinning up, but it holds movies just fine. A close second s my beloved TT120, age of water cooling my ass, my rig set the geekbench record for i5 rigs on the forums with a 7 year old air cooler.

    other than that I have an old 6800gt I use for emergency's and troubleshooting, almost put it in my HTPC to save cash but I found a refurbed lower-end ati card with native HDMI for next to nothing.

    At my local tech shop I was rummaging through a clearance bin and found a Voodoo 4 that had obviously fallen off a shelf decades ago (unopened box, a little damaged cardboard). I was quite tempted to grab it, but I just couldn't make a good enough excuse.
     
  10. Byron C

    Byron C No liability accepted as a result of this post

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    My main PC is as follows:

    • Pentium Dual-Core E5200 2.5GHz, clocked to 3.75GHz (Nope, not even a C2D)
    • 4GB DDR2
    • Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L
    • Radeon HD6770 1GB

    That plays anything I throw at it with high-quality settings and at 1080p - at my monitors native res (1680*1050) it's even better. Therefore I see utterly no need to upgrade at the moment. It's by no means ancient hardware, but it's not exactly recent either; plus that chip is a beast for overclocking - I reckon I could easily get it past 4GHz with PC2-8500 RAM, if PC2-8500 DDR2 RAM wasn't so expensive. I am considering an SSD, but that's about the only upgrade I have planned - even then I'm not sure whether to give the SSD to my laptop or keep it for the desktop.

    Speaking of laptops, mine is pretty old by todays standards, too:

    • ThinkPad X61s (originally released in 2007)
    • CULV C2D 1.6GHz
    • 2GB DDR
    • Crappy Intel IGP
    • 120GB HDD

    Yet again that still runs damn fast, has amazing battery life and is in no danger of being replaced any time soon. As above, I may give it an SSD, but I'm starting to doubt whether I even need that - since switching to Debian pretty much full time it's running much nippier than it did under Win7.

    Erm... you sure you've got the right thread there...? ;)
     
  11. NethLyn

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    It's the externals that have lasted longest for me, my Yamaha YST-M200 speakers are the oldest part of the kit now, still trucking after 13 years, (and the oldest HP printer is now 12 years old).

    The subtitle of the article is a timely one though, since my 4670's coming up 4 years old but showing its age in Tribes Ascend and would barely run the title screen of Battlefield, it's had a good run for only my second ever PCI-E card but the 560Ti's going to be next, as that can be kept for the proper new build next year.
     
  12. Narishma

    Narishma New Member

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    I don't know about you but I personally don't see much of a difference between the highest and the lowest settings in that video.
     
  13. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    480's baby! 2 years old but still beastly!

    I have a E7200 in my HTPC too. That still does everything I want of it.
     
  14. slipperyskip

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    My gaming rig's i7-920 / GTX280 combo continues to work very well. Far Cry 3 might force me to upgrade but I'll fight it all the way.
     
  15. the_kille4

    the_kille4 Chaos will rule da world.eventually

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    Agreed with the dude;s reply, most of my stuff is not that old either. Since my first rig was created during the launch of the Core i7 920 the oldest part is not more than 4 years old... I think. That would be the X-Fi soundcard. I do hate the drivers though. Although regarding that the only upgrade would come in the form of a Wavio series soundcard from Onkyo, the highest end model which is quite expensive...
     
  16. Sarakon

    Sarakon The German

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    My 1TB hard drive must be the oldest bit from mid 2010 I think. It would have been my 500GB, but that broke and was replaced.
    Before that I had a C2D 2GHz, 2GB DDR2, 8600GTS. That was a very trusty PC, but is was time for an upgrade, which happened about a year ago.
     
  17. gaijin212

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    I still have an AMD x2 cpu, rocking just 2GB of RAM, they are my oldest bits of kit, probably around 4-5 years old now, lost track! They have been solid tho, iv recently upgraded GPU from 9800gt to 5970 2GB and recently bought a new Corsair PSU 850W. Im looking to do my 5 year upgrade this summer to an i7 3820 and a gigabyte ud3/ud5 havent decided, thinking this will keep me steady for a good 5 years, seeing as im not a hardcore gamer but do like to play new titles at full just love how good things look, use to remember playing Worms and Duke Nuekm thinking the graphics were good,lol
     
  18. Blackmoon181

    Blackmoon181 Geography,Its not just colouring in

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    This.

    Have exactly the same setup that i've been rocking for a few years. Looking to upgrade in a couple of months. Really want to play Witcher 2 with Ubersampling on at 1920x1080. 670 here i come!
     
  19. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Absolutely epic CPU.

    I got 4.48GHz out of one, on air. Only for benching, though, not 24/7. It managed 4.2 stable though. :D
     
  20. runadumb

    runadumb New Member

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    My flatmate is rocking my old Athlon x2800 with an X800. In fact he hardly uses it now and instead relies on a netbook he got brand new for £160 two years ago. He works from home so he uses it lots and NEEDS a PC...this man is not short of money, he can afford much much better.

    I have had a full PC rebuild twice in that time. My family have my old Q6600 with 460GTX and I am using an original i7 with 2x570GTX's.

    I will be looking another full upgrade sometime next year I reckon.
     
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