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  1. mms-pc's Avatar
    The longest period? I assembled my previous PC back in December 2007, and my most recent PC was assembled last October, so it's nearly 9 years. Back in the college days I upgraded my PC almost every year, the only power that drove me for upgrade was 3D gaming, I needed more powerful CPU and 3D display card, but ever since I purchased Xbox 360 back in 2006, I started to play almost all new games on it, not PC anymore, unless no Xbox360 version available.

    The reason to take this long for upgrade not only for gaming, but also the ending support of Windows Vista, otherwise I would had considered keeping using my previous PC a bit longer.........
    09-01-2017 10:31 AM
  2. mms-pc's Avatar
    I don't upgrade components. I buy a new laptop when needed. Right now I'm using a Surface 2 from 2013, and are planing on getting the new Surface Pro... So that will make it 4 yrs.
    Phones are useless to do anything on, the screen is to small. But I usually upgrade phones every 3 yrs.
    Speaking of Surface 2, I myself own a Surface RT, recently I discover that Microsoft had ended the support of Marketplace for Windows 8.1 RT system, not only we can't install any x86-based software, and now we can't download any app from Marketplace, either, So this Surface RT/2 is legally dead......
    09-01-2017 10:34 AM
  3. khaled22's Avatar
    the most common thing id change first is Hdd (add/replace) and probably add more ram. At the moment although i dont play games very often i would like to replace my gtx660. its been almost 3 years since i bought this desktop. no need for a new one at the moment
    09-01-2017 10:55 AM
  4. milkybuet's Avatar
    Depends on what sort of upgrade. I upgraded my graphics card at 4 year mark, and by my estimate it'll be the only graphics upgrade on this PC. This PC will last another 2-3 years making a life cycle of 7-8 years. My 16GB memory will probably be fine. I didn't really need more storage, but a 750GB SSD for $100 was too good to pass up in last black friday.
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    09-01-2017 11:44 AM
  5. Keith White Jr's Avatar
    Speaking of Surface 2, I myself own a Surface RT, recently I discover that Microsoft had ended the support of Marketplace for Windows 8.1 RT system, not only we can't install any x86-based software, and now we can't download any app from Marketplace, either, So this Surface RT/2 is legally dead......

    I thought it was just my Surface 2. I'm glad I didnt do a hard-reset to fix the issue.
    09-01-2017 02:59 PM
  6. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    Both of my desktops are 6 or 7 years old now, they've got Phenom II processors. I don't game like I did when I was younger, haven't done much of anything to stress the hardware. Would benefit greatly from installing SSDs but otherwise I use a Surface Pro 3 as my main machine and it performs well enough.
    09-02-2017 03:21 AM
  7. IMissMyPsion's Avatar
    Less often than before! It used to be that every new generation of component gave a significant boost. Within my first year of owning a PC I had upgraded it from 128MB to 256MB of RAM. I bought a big hard disk (40MB) so that lasted longer.
    Windows typically NEEDED more power, graphics, RAM and memory every time it upgraded. The place to buy these was computer fairs which proliferated. They don't exist now.
    My desktop was originally built 11 years ago, but has not been upgraded for 6 years. It sits there and is fired up occasionally to run backup from my laptop. Prior to that something would be upgraded every few months.
    My laptop is a i7 2820QM Dell that is 5, but I upgraded one HDD to SSD 2 years ago, and the other from 500GB to 1TB a year ago. The number pad has recently broken keys for 7 8 and 9 but a replacement component is ridiculously expensive, so a new laptop beckons.
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    09-03-2017 04:39 AM
  8. Durahl's Avatar
    Last time I upgraded a just a component was when the 1080Ti was released - Best decision ever.
    Last time I did a full blown upgrade was about 2 years ago when I upgraded to a i7-5930K System.

    I'm really wondering about when I'll be doing the next upgrade - The 1080Ti is feeling comfy in 4K and I'm not expecting great resolution strides in the near future that would get it out of it's comfort zone.
    09-03-2017 02:59 PM
  9. DragoCubed's Avatar
    I don't game. I don't upgrade my desktop PC. I do most of my work and play on my laptop
    09-04-2017 09:19 AM
  10. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    desktop: 10 years
    laptop: 5-8years
    smartphone: 2-4 years

    Usually whenever it's no longer economical to fix or upgrade.
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    09-04-2017 09:38 PM
  11. Eric Tay's Avatar
    I upgrade when it's too slow to run Star Citizen. LOL...

    Seriously, I upgraded to AMD RX480 2 years ago and Core i7-4790 last year. I upgraded to a Samsung EVO 850 for my OS drive this year and am planning on upgrading my Application drive to a WD Black 2 TB to replace my Seagate Enterprise 2TB drive because it's too dam slow.

    Moving into next year, I'm watching the situation between Intel and AMD. I will upgrade when both are on 10nm fab to gauge the single-core and multi-core performance of Star Citizen on Vulkan. Yes, I base my purchase on SC as my benchmark. This upgrade will be expensive due to my moving DDR4, new mobo and new CPU and possibly new PSU.
    09-05-2017 01:03 AM
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