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« on: June 13, 2007, 01:00:49 am »

I have this problem every time I upgrade my PC. I buy a mid-level processor because the high end processors are overpriced. Then six months later, the price drops. A year later, the socket size changes. So then, I have to go buy another motherboard, if I want a faster CPU.

I'm sure enthusiasts buy the latest CPU every year, but I wonder how long most people keep their CPUs. I bet Intel and AMD are losing more sales than they are gaining because of the continual price and socket size changes.

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 01:13:00 am »

In general full platform update cycle is set to 2-3 years + .
For example LGA 775 socket was here for many years , AMD AM2 socket will support next generation processor.
No need to buy processor each 6 month . Just buy good Mid range processor as E6XXX serie overclock it and u will be happy for more than 2 years.
Today CPU's , overclock really well , u can get 3,2 ,3,4 GHZ from most core 2 Duo . witch is pretty enough for long run.(Core 2 extreme is clocked only @ 2.93 GHZ )

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007, 11:55:44 am »

I generally update my entire system every 3-5 years and try and get the best I can afford when I do.  It does always seem that I could get something better if I waited another 6 months though  Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007, 12:26:34 pm »

Its better to make a good choice on your cpu next time.
choice one mid range cpu and overclock it.
For example my E6600 is running @ 3600 MHz currently.
Note the fastest today cpu is x6800 (3.00 GHz only). i Got this cpu about 4 or 5 month ago and it still running 600 mHz faster that the fastest today intel processor Wink.
With video card situation is harder but u an always get a good alternative.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007, 09:43:25 am »

In my case, I'm still using the system I bought five years ago.

It's still doing every thing I ask, although it is possible to bog it down if I run too many instances of the more recent VST synthesizers in the music program Cubase SX.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007, 07:53:18 am »

thats like me with my dell 8300 3 years ago it was great but now needs some updating although the 3.2g intel p4 processor still seems fine i paid 1500 gbp and three years later all i need is a new gfx card and some ram so im happy with that
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2007, 06:26:59 am »

That's good to hear, fabian. I remember back in the 90s, it seemed like if you waited a few months you could get something twice as fast for half the price.

I'm not sure how literally true that was, but it seemed that way at times.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2007, 07:46:48 pm »

Yeah its crazy how quickly technology is upgraded.  When home computers were first becoming popular it was insanity though because they were dinosaurs- so slow and loud.  Now it's not so bad; a 2 year old computer will still be able to make you happy most of the time, whereas 15 years ago that was not the case at all.  I remember when we first got the internet with our old IBM and we had a 36.6 modem and how incredibly awful it was. 

The computer i have now is a few years old and works nicely, especially considering that i put it together myself, but i'm really excited about getting my hands on some of the newer technology next year!

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007, 05:02:52 am »

I wasn't online until 96, but I remember a friend talking about downloading golf games on his Atari. That was the first I'd heard of connecting a home computer to a modem, I think.

I'm still hoping to get some more use out of my current system.
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007, 07:02:03 pm »

I usually just upgrade to what I need to keep it cost effective. I only do this every 3-4 years.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2007, 05:03:56 am »

I usually just upgrade to what I need to keep it cost effective. I only do this every 3-4 years.
Good choice , but now u have to speed up a bit the update process to 2 years . if u are a gamer .
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2008, 06:14:58 pm »

The prices of computers and it's parts will always come down and will never go up again. In computer field, the technology change is very fast and so you will always see the prices going down.
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2008, 11:24:11 pm »

I'm not real smart when it comes to this sort of thing but I usually just purchase a new computer because that is cheaper to do around here rather then pay someone outrageous amounts of money to do whatever work it needs...
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2008, 11:23:08 pm »

I wouldn?t call it as a dilemma because we are going to benefit from the price drop.  As the price of the processor drops that will only mean that more people can buy them.  This is a win situation for us consumers.
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2008, 04:17:03 am »

I was using the same system which i bought 6 years back. Just the previous month i was forced to change my configuration. Will over clocking always work in all the processors?
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