What's the longest you've gone before upgrading computers?

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  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    What's the longest you've gone before upgrading computers?

    Mine was a very early 90s Dell 386 (before the tilted E logo) to a '99 500mhz Compaq Presario. So about 8 years.

    Addendum: Also include the computer you currently actively use which you've owned the longest:

    In 2002 I bought a PowerBook Duo 2300c, which I still use almost daily. It has survived lots of equipment changes to my main system (G3 tower to G3 PowerBook to G4 PowerBook to G4 Tower to G4 PowerBook to mac pro). So five years.
     
  2. iRachel macrumors 6502a

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    I made it from 1999 to 2005 with the same computer. It was a Dell, and now it barely works. I replaced it with an iBook.
     
  3. ezzie macrumors 68020

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    i had a self-built PC from 1999 until mid-2004...that's when i got the iBook.

    that PC would have still been running...if it hadn't overheated and melted the case. ;)
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    6 years with my PM G4 sawtooth. I sold it to a friend and he loves her and treats her well. :)
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    '98-2003. I used a no-name brand computer with Windows 95. The I got my HP (Piece of crap... the 95 was MUCH better) with Windows XP.

    I can't believe how often you people upgrade. I only bought my Mini because the HP crapped out.(for the third time; I was through) I plan to use my mini for as long as it runs. Or at least until 2014.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    2 years 11 days. That is when I bought my last computer and it was a powerbook.
     
  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    ~100mhz P1???
    266 P2???
    500 P3
    1ghz Celeron Laptop
    2ghz P4
    3ghz P4 laptop
    1.5ghz G4 PowerBook
    2ghz :D Core2Duo

    I think my PowerBook was the longest. Had that for 2 years before getting my iMac (still gets used for text stuff. best keyboard ever IMO)

    Or another way; 1993-2005, 14mhz Amiga 600.
     
  8. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

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    6 years with a crappy dell only to be replaced by a beautiful MacBook.
     
  9. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a dell laptop towards the end of eighth grade and it lasted till the summer after I graduated highschool.
     
  10. failsafe1 macrumors 6502a

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    Two years. I always mean to go longer but can't wait and make the change. I just got a MBP a couple of months ago so I will see how long I can make it. Now my Ti Book is still going strong at 4 years old with my daughter in college so does that count?
     
  11. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i think i'd be lucky to go 1 year without buying a new computer. heck, 6 months would be an improvement :eek:
     
  12. MacNut macrumors Core

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    96-03 with a Powermac 6500 before getting my Powerbook.
     
  13. CaptainZap macrumors regular

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    2001 - 2006

    Was a Sony Vaio, 512 SDRAM, 1.4 GHz, 60 GB HD. Fricken beast, an excellent computer for the price and how long it lasted (Still running, my sister uses it).
     
  14. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Beat This!

    Believe it or not, I used an Amiga 2000HD almost every day between 1991 and 2003, when I bought my first Mac. That's 12-years! My Amiga was pretty much state-of-the-art when I bought it -- GVP A3001+ accelerator board w/ Motorola 68030 processor running at a blazing 25MHz, 4MB memory, 80MB serial ATA hard drive, dual 3-1/2" floppy drives, one 5-1/4" floppy drive, 640 x 480 interlaced video display on a 13" 1084S CRT monitor. Sweet! It wouldn't connect to the internet (although other similar systems did) but I ran a home signmaking business on it that whole time. I also did freelance graphic animations, two of which ran on national network TV. It seems to me I paid damn near $6,000 for it at the time (which would be like $10,000 today!) It continued working perfectly until this past Christmas, when its hard drive seized-up. Not sure what I'm going to do with it. Shame to throw it out. But that one computer lasted me twelve trouble-free years and earned me probably $200,000 part-time. I love my iBook and I wouldn't trade it for anything, but I sure miss my Amiga.
     
  15. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I had my 700MHZ ibook G3 for 4 years before I fully replaced it with my 15" PB, I still have and use the Original iMac G3.
    right now I am at nearly three years on the PB...must replace soon.
     
  16. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Not sure I have ever gone longer than a year to a year and half before upgrading my main computer.... :eek: :cool: :apple:
     
  17. bembol macrumors 65816

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    My first was Dell 8100, can't remember the exact specs.

    1.2GHz Pentium 4
    256MB RAM
    30GB HDD
    nVidia GeForce?
    CD-ROM 12x


    I had it for 6-7 years until I upgraded to the Mac Mini/G4 last year. It's funny ever since I switched to Apple I now upgraded my Mac every 6 months.

    Mac Mini/G4 to 20" iMac Intel Core DUO (still have it) to 13.3" 2.0GHz MacBook (sold it) to 17" 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 DUO.

    When the new iMac/Leopard comes out, I'm picking it up.
     
  18. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The power and addiction of Apple! :D
     
  19. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I lived with a hand-me-down TiBook for a few years until I upgraded to a *drumroll* slower Cube. Oh yeah. Sweeet upgrade.

    Later, I bought a Mini!
     
  20. nickster9224 macrumors 6502a

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    96-99... Pentium 66MHz
    99-01... Pentium III 500MHz
    01-02... Gateway P4 1.7Ghz (I killed it)
    02-02... Dell P4 1.6GHz (Got too many viruses)
    02-03... Self Made P4 2.2GHz
    03-04... 17" 1GHz Powerbook (stolen)
    04-06... 12" 1.33GHz Powerbook (sold)
    04-07... 20" 1.8GHz G5 iMac (broke)
    06-07... 17" 2.0GHz C2D iMac (got with money from sale of 12" PB)
    07- ... 20" 2.13GHz C2D iMac (got from replacement from broken G5 iMac)
     
  22. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    It would be an upgrade to a downgrade to an upgrade.

    Even without the cube in the mix, it's upgrade upgrade (e.g, Mini's are more powerful then Tibooks.)
     
  23. Mammoth macrumors 6502a

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    Our first family computer that I was alive to see was a 11 year old Dell, we didn't upgrade until 2001.
     
  24. iPod Shuffle macrumors newbie

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    1995-Now. Same PM 5200, still chugging along...

    Although I guess the iBook could be counted as an upgrade, I haven't used it yet so...maybe?

    If so, 1999-Now.
     
  25. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Mine was a '99 500mhz Compaq presario till mid-2004 PowerMac. (hey, did you ever try an upgrade on the presario? you had to take the whole damn thing apart to reach the ram slots!)

    YT
     

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