Your upgrade cycle...

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  1. kayzee

    kayzee Well-Known Member

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    1997 - Packard Bell Pentium 1 166Mhz, 16Mb RAM, 2.1Gb HDD (upgraded to 48Mb RAM)
    2001 - Home built AMD 550Mhz, 64Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD (upgraded to 1.1Ghz processor)
    2005 - Mesh 1.5Ghz, 2Gb RAM, 80Gb HDD (upgraded to 160Gb HDD)
    2009 - Dell dual-core 2.6Mhz, 3Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD (added 500Gb external HDD)
    2013 - Surface Pro!

    That's how my computer history has gone... an upgrade every 4 years.

    To be honest, I have no idea why anymore lol. It's just the way it's gone.

    Now the Surface is my replacement, I'm wondering if I'll continue with my 4 yearly upgrade, or whether I'll just keep buying new Surface models that come out. To be honest I think I'll stick to every 4 years, but we'll see [​IMG] how are you gonna play it?
     
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    When I need a new one, I'm gonna buy a new one. My desktop PC is now a Little over 4 years old and I might upgrade it pretty soon. The Surface Pro should be enough for >4+ years, too.
     
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    I really can't remember my upgrades any more as everything after my first desktop PC (somewhere around 1997 as well), has been a DIY build. I have generally just upgraded that as parts have failed or occasionally, especially in the early years, if my video card needed a refresh for a new game I wanted to play. I probably haven't touched my current config in about 4 years either though.

    Other than that I have a 17" 2010 MacBook Pro and a Surface Pro.
     
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    I update every 3 years but I have decided that I must update faster, next time I'll wait only 2 years. Same happens with my mobile phone.

    I won't update every year, that's too much Apple LOL
     
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    I go through laptops like paper towels but it is one of the advantages of my position at work. I'm the tester of all the new tech and I don't even work in IT. Meanwhile, my PC at work is older and slower than my father in law.
     
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    I don't remember how many upgrades I've been to because work requires it. But now, I'm stuck with my Acer S3 for work, until something interesting and priced right (subjectively) comes along.
     
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    That's interesting! Because I think the need to upgrade decreases each time... as technology gets better, it lasts longer. Why do you feel the need to upgrade more often?

    I think the only reason I would do so was if my Surface (or whatever portable computer) was really used for portability. As it is, my Surface is simply a desktop replacement 95% of the time... so getting lighter or thinner etc. with an upgrade isn't really important to me.

    Phones... well I always opt for an 18 month contract if there is one, or even a 12 month. My current contract runs out next month, hoping to get some solid information on the iPhone 5S soon!
     
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    Just when you thought you had tech you could keep for a while they come out with ultra HD bendable screens coated with unbreakable sapphire running 100 GHz CPU's made from graphene and 1 million gigabyte crystal memory chips. It all culminates with my perfect robot girlfriend - the ultimate goal of all technological evolution :)
     
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    Everybody must update every x years, where x is inversely proportional to income (to can) and interest about computers (to want). My father lost interest about computers, so he updated after 4 years, 5 years, 7 years... those 7 years with the same computer were a nightmare, but I had no money. I have a high interest about computers and now my income is raising, so I updated after 4 years (second hand desktop computer), 3 years (second hand desktop computer), 3 years (new desktop computer), 3 years (Surface Pro, the most expensive computer I have bought to the date) and next time after 2 years. Each time I wait less time and buy a more expensive one. This is how I feel when I think about my past:
    [video=youtube;Xe1a1wHxTyo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo[/video]
     
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    I feel the same way. The need to upgrade continues to decrease with each new purchase. I upgrade my gear based on it's ability to perform well on the programs I use most. I won't upgrade or buy something in order to play a game, but I will upgrade if updates to programs like Painter or Premiere begin to run noticeably slower.
     
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    Started with a 286 clone in '87 with a 40 meg drive (as far as windows OS is concerned); there have been countless since. In truth the first was a Commodore 64 in about the '85 time frame with a tape drive. They're all ultimately headed for the junk pile.
     
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    What's interesting is that I'd always buy top-of-the-line ThinkPads so that they can last me 5 years. But now that I've converted to the SP, I guarantee you that my upgrade cycle will be much, much shorter.

    I already know I'll be getting the SP2 when it comes out, so I'm sure I'll be on an yearly upgrade cycle at least for the short term.
     

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