You know it's time for a new computer when...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by asherman13, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    Well? When do you guys know that it's time for a new computer?

    As for me, it's been when I realized that I was making my own drum solos with my fingers on the wrist-rest area of my laptop while I was waiting for programs to load. Shameful, I know.
     
  2. EricChunky macrumors regular

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    you know it when it is the time

    everytime i get a new computer and used it for a while, i started to come up with ideas when the next one will be.

    and then i'll see Engadegt popin up things with similar ideas, and then i'll try to resist it... bt there's always a day that i eventually fail to do so , then i took out my credit card and bang theres the new computer..
     
  3. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    When my second battery stopped holding a charge, the plugged in computer froze and then died again, I was getting for my third wipe in under 15 months and Apple had the computer I wanted at the price I wanted (me like refurbs).

    Even though it has been replaced and is really only turned on to go to sites like http://www.tryfreegames.com and such, I hold onto computers until they are as dead as dead can be. I think that the old lappy will be with me until I "replace" my current PB for primary computing.

    It helps if my wife isn't looking
     
  4. cheekyspanky macrumors 6502a

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    My old PC (which my sis inherited) just came up with the message Operating System not found...I think that's a good sign a new one is needed fairly shortly..:eek:
     
  5. designed macrumors 6502

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    I realized it was time for a new computer (and a Switch) when:

    ...I could read a magazine article while waiting for the swapping to end
    ...the source clip preview on Premiere made the whole thing gasp
    ...I clicked "Restart" and waited for 15 mins before the system could finish the restart
     
  6. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    You look forward to formatting and reinstalling windows every two weeks.
     
  7. real_murray macrumors member

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    Floppy Drive

    No, thats just a sign that you're running Windows. Take the floppy disk out of the drive and it will be fine ;) (I know, I know...What's a "floppy"? hehe)
     
  8. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    For me, its either a) when it gets too slow for my everyday tasks (and i am not always patient), b) when something bad happens to it, c) when it is around 2 and a half to 3 years old, and d) when something i like better comes out.;)
     
  9. mmapples macrumors member

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    1) when word slows up and almost freezes when you type too fast.

    2) when running itunes, AIM, and photoshop at the same time means a) not being able to properly chat, b) not being able to properly listen to music, or c) not being able to properly edit a photo.

    3) when you can't shut down properly without force quitting a number of applications.

    ...i think it's time for a new computer. =)
     
  10. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    ...or when the drool shorts out your current computer as your stare at the MacBook Pro page....
     
  11. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that's way too old IMO.

    I upgrade every 1.5-2 years. Atleast on my PC I have.
     
  12. risc macrumors 68030

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    ... when Apple release the second or third revision of the Intel desktop Mac Pro line and all of the apps I use are universal binaries!

    Do that Apple and software dudes and you can have my cash.
     
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  14. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I have a hard time using a computer for more than 1/1.5 years. I have a serious "need for speed" problem when it comes to computers.
     
  15. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    you are not alone. This is my first "primary" computer that has lasted me more than a year. For my (current) purposes i need a computer slightly faster than this 1.5 GHz PB, but 1.67 wasn't worth it. MBPs are too fast (not a bad thing) and the same design. I have always switched designs between computers, and now it is almost a requirement. I know that it is a good design, but for an intel chip, a speed demon, i want to know that i am using it (besides having the isight stare at me) when i am not doing high power needs. otherwise i will fell like, why did i upgrade, i don't notice a major difference, and i don't feel like i am using a new machine, the technological acheivement that it really is, and then i will return it, go back, realize that it was alot faster than my current machine, and want to get it back, then realize that i would have to wait until about a month to get it. not going to happen. I am going to wait for a new design, so until then, the MBP (or MB if they are duo or really fast solo, need to check how fast the solos will come) will not be on my lap.
     
  16. Kimi macrumors regular

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    The time for me to upgrade will next be in my last year of uni (I'm still in high school and I'll be there for four years...). I'll have no money to do it more often :(
     
  17. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, same here.
     
  18. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    For me it was:

    1) When I spent over 900 Minutes and went over my phone minutes with Tech-support trying to get them to fix it for the 6th time.
    2) After having it reformated and doing Windows Update, Norton Pops up with a virus and cannot delete it. Windows was installed for 20 Minutes Max when this happened.
    3) You take a nap between filters on Photoshop (really just cook dinner)
    4) You play with a Mac for a while and then try to go back to your PC.
     
  19. Vader macrumors 65816

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    4-5 years, but my 4 year old 733 G4 Tower still kicks butt!!!
     
  20. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    "You know it's time for a new computer when..." ... You cannot save your data to a cassette tape anymore :D
     
  21. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a

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    You know it's time for a new computer when you replaced the hard drive four times, the power supply twice, the optical drive once, and there is no original memory in the computer anymore.
     
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    When you have too much money in the bank (or too much available credit on your credit card) and the economy needs to be stimulated.
     
  24. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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  25. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    When it can't run the latest release of iLife anymore. I upgrade annually.
     

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