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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:32 pm 
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Well after being here 12 1/2 years I have to say boy has the landscape changed. Seems like only a handful or less remain steady visitors. Computers changed and desktop building isn't as popular as it once was it seems. When you see some homeless people with smart phones it makes one wonder where is high tech going ???

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:15 pm 
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A lot has to do with the progression to a disposable model as well. People would rather purchase a brand new machine every few years and just toss the old one - there's less importance associated to value-gain from long-term investment.

For example, my current build is 5+ years old(besides the GPU and original SSD which are 3) - yet, I can still play all current-gen games at 1440p, at above average visual settings. If I bought an off-the shelf pre-built with the same specs it would have cost 2x what I purchased all my components for. So, for a rig that lasted basically 6 years - as I'm finally looking at starting a new one - I spent roughly $1,000, comparative to a <3 year throwaway prebuilt version at the same price point. I consider myself as saving approximately $1,000 - having gained 3 full years of use with no upgrades, and 6 with fractional cost dilution. I'll continue to get use out of the components for probably another 6-10 years (my 9 year old machine is the fiancée's home office box - and would probably be replaced with it).

It's just a shift if priorities and relative value association...in many cases my belief is it's a poor value vision, but...what do I know? :-|

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:12 pm 
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Built in lifespan. Just about everything made these days is designed to wear out at a specific time frame, then it gets replaced with the newer, better model. Everything is designed to throw away. That's why Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc do so well. Take Dell, for example. decent machines, great specs, on-site service plans up to five years. On one hand, it'll cost you another $500 or so for three years service, but an XPS motherboard costs $250. As parts wear out, you get them replaced with very little questioning. I have a friend who took courses on system building and repair, and he owns a Gateway. He found out that he would rather buy a big box rather than use his education to build one. Shining example right there.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:12 am 
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And with the "new" standards and needs of Win 10, most machines older than 10 years are headed to the scrap heap.
Today's portable tablets and 'smart' phones have a lot of computing power.. and are very popular, with all the WiFi hot spots available. Jump on the Web almost anywhere. No more being tied to a wall socket!!
Almost yearly, a new model of something is up for the public's "gotta have".

I might build myself one more system, but that is not a pressing need.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:46 am 
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I've had this one for three years now (i7 3770, 16GB ddr3 1600, 256GB SSD, just basic, workhorse gear.) I'll be moving in a couple of years, I expect this one to last at least that long with some minor upgrades, I'll wait until after the move to build a new one.

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