Computer lifespan

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Taco, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Taco

    Taco New Member

    hi I have a 2009 Mac I use for work calculation normal office stuff I wanted to no the lifespand how long the computer will work I have a 2009 iMac desktop with decent specs for those times I occasionally play games on it but rarely I turn it on usually once a day for 30 minutes and turn it off as soon as I’m done with it thanks!
  2. Taco

    Taco New Member

    EDIT EDIT EDIT: it was around a thousand dollars bought straight from Apple
  3. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

    It'll work till it dies (a hard drive would be the most common failure).

    That doesn't matter.
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  4. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

    Pretty much as above, either it will work until it doesn't, or it works until you are dissatisfied with how quickly it can process your data.

    One of those factors is entirely up to you.
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  5. ssal

    ssal Member

    If you define life span as from the time you bought it, to the time it dies, I have not had one that died on me yet. And I have owned PC and laptop since the early 80's.

    There is not much to keep it running. Blowing out the dust from the internal/fan plays a key part. Maybe picking dirts that stuck on the keyboard too. They just run. Oh, imaging it regularly to prevent virus attack is essential in these days.

    Software/speed is another issue. Machines tend to get slower because of the junks we loaded into it and the bloatwares that got downloaded with or without you knowing it. Newer applications utilize higher speed hardware that older machine have a hard time to handle.

    I always "trade in" my machines 5-7 years. Thanks for eBay where plenty of people are not as fortunate as me are willing to pay to take it off my hand. For that reason, I proudly pronounce that I have never created any electronic waste.

    Well, cellphone is another story.
  6. Cisco001

    Cisco001 Well-Known Member

    I would say depends on the quality of component and the person who use it.
    All my self-built choose with decent quality components still working after 10 years.
    The only exception is the one I gave to my brother as he didn't clean the dust filter for years and cause overheating.

    I have my parent's Acer PSU dead 3 years after use and kill the motherboard because of this. Then, office HP desktop dead due to PSU.
  7. Lee Fitzsimmons

    Lee Fitzsimmons Member

    If it works just fine and performs all of the tasks that you need done, then keep on using it...

    If the well gives you water, then ya might as well keep on drinkin' o_O
  8. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

    I have an old 2008 (I think) Dell Precision M63000 and it works flawlessly. I also have a few old Dell Latitudes and they work too. Like mentioned, the most likely point of failure will be the HDD. So I'd make periodic clones or backups of your data which is always good practice. The second point of failure may be the monitor. Other than that you could quite literally get decades out of it until the OS isn't supported for a modern browser and other software incompatibilities. I have a very, VERY old HP netbook that runs Win 98se and I could only use a very old version of Opera browser on there. I haven't used it in years, but something tells me with a lot of websites using TLS encryption I wouldn't be able to view those sites due to how old the browser is.
  9. JoshsCPU

    JoshsCPU New Member

    I have the same mac desktop. We used it as the family desktop, and I currently am working off of it at work. It works fine, still running. Though whenever I am using multiple applications i.e. Adobe software, it slows down a bit which can be frustrating. I imagine that it will have another couple of years until the tech is completely outdated.

    If you do get a desktop computer with a CPU I would suggest mounting your CPU to extend the life and functionality of the CPU in order to avoid overheating and dust build up. Here is a great article on this topic:
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2018
  10. _Kyle_

    _Kyle_ Active Member

    Tip of advice: You can edit your previous posts. Staff will sometimes merge posts together.

    Another tip of advice: This is a months old thread.
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  11. Totally_Lost

    Totally_Lost Member

    Off Topic: I imagine, if the forum owner was that concerned about it, he / she would probably set threads to automatically lock, after X length of time.

    On Topic: I purchased a Toshiba laptop in Auckland, NZ, during a visit there in 2006. The ol' gal ran until 2013. I have since gone back to running desktops again. I grew weary of laptops and carrying them around with me. I do not want to even get involved concerning the limitations of tablets.
  12. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

    We have a lot of threads, particularly more discussion or open ended threads, that will sit for months or more inactive but we still leave them open. Automatic locking isn't necessary. Threads that are for specific problems, usually if OP hasn't been heard from in over a month or the issue is resolved it's not worth commenting. If they spiral off topic or into arguments we'll just lock them as needed.
  13. Shlouski

    Shlouski VIP Member

    The arguments or debates as I prefer to call them are the most fun and this is totally on topic ;).

    I draw the line at unnecessary personal attacks which offer nothing insightful into the subject being discussed.

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