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Windows 7: Lifespan of computer

04 May 2015   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

As far as I know; no member on this forum has a crystal ball.
We have no idea how long any computer will last.

1. Buy quality hardware
2. Keep the system clean and cool

Then go worry about how fast grass grows.


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04 May 2015   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The only part I see getting a workout is the mother board battery from being unplugged during the weekdays,
On the other hand if a power serge/ lightening hits your power lines the machine is safe,
Mobo batteries are cheap
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04 May 2015   #13
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
The only part I see getting a workout is the mother board battery from being unplugged during the weekdays,
On the other hand if a power serge/ lightening hits your power lines the machine is safe,
Mobo batteries are cheap
I thought it doesn't matter since the clock battery doesn't get charged anyway. And, someone else on another thread said I should always plug it out after being done using it.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
There are 2 main problems with your PC, dell motherboards suck, capacitors go bad on them all the time, and the power supply more then likely sucks.

Neither of which you list in your specs.

I would hope you have a good EVGA or Corsair PSU in there.

EVGA - Products - EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GS Power Supply - 220-GS-0550-V1

EVGA - Products - EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GS Power Supply - 220-GS-0650-V1

With Corsair, I wouldn`t go below an HX750.

HX Series HX750 Power Supply
Well, isn't Dell the best brand though for non custom built desktops? In my experience, my old Dell computer is still working after 6 years. And for now, I think I am ok with my current PSU. I know I'm taking risks but the average person is unlikely to change their PSU and I haven't seen any PSU issue related threads lately and if they are so bad, how are they able to sell?

I appreciate you guys giving me suggestions but I have my opinion too. And, I think we went a little further with the thread than I expected. I got an XPS 8700 because I am not yet confident enough to make my own build and the great people of this forum said XPS 8700 is the best non custom desktop out there. Sorry if I sound mad, I am just saying my opinion and no hard feelings.

Edit: Well, if I'm going to be like this, I guess I shouldn't have started a thread for a question this simple. But thanks guys anyway.
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04 May 2015   #14
gregrocker

 

I see plenty of decent Dells which like yours that have lasted a long time, but they also have some lemons like the Slimline my Dad ordered which had to be sent back. But after working with tens of thousands of Factory built PC's here I still can't say for sure which brand is best. My personal experience is that Lenovo is purest quality while Compaq was wheezy junk.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses. eMachines were built on the idea of assembling quality parts at a price cheaper than their total cost - like the ten year old here that still runs like new - but then Gateway bought them and pushed them into the bargain basement. So it can also depend on when you buy it. I don't think you save any by building your own, though.

Some opinion threads like these can take off and are valuable because you can pick up the opinions of those who work in the trenches of the top tech forums in history, who otherwise are more laser focused on one issue at a time. It gives us a chance to collect our thoughts.
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04 May 2015   #15
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Sure you do
You save time cleaning all of the crapware off of them

It is wise to unplug the machine
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04 May 2015   #16
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Sure you do
You save time cleaning all of the crapware off of them

It is wise to unplug the machine
What about the motherboard battery you're talking about? Should I just leave it plugged in unless going away from home for vacation? What do you do?
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04 May 2015   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You never touch a MB battery unless it dies and you have to replace it, that could take 5 to 7 years.
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04 May 2015   #18
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You never touch a MB battery unless it dies and you have to replace it, that could take 5 to 7 years.
Yes, I know. I am just curious why ThrashZone said it is bad for the battery to unplug it on the weekdays.
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04 May 2015   #19
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

My Pentium 3 System is still in my room, no parts were changed except the video card (I upgraded way back 2002).
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04 May 2015   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I would do as you've been doing there's no concern
The chances are higher of damage from electrical shorts leaving it plugged in than not having it plugged in
Unless you have a very good serge protector but most of those get whacked after one or two big jolts.
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