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How long does a computer usually last?

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Depending on what you do, how long it will last. If all you ever do is browse the internet and check email, you could theoretically keep using the same computer for a long time. If you play games, you'll need a new one every year or two to keep up. So, the mission defines how long you can keep the same computer without it being "outdated". The other factor is how well you take care of the computer. If you treat it well, it will last a long time. If you mistreat it, it won't last as long. If you keep the dust cleaned out and such it will last longer than if you let the dust build up such a layer that the computer dies of overheating. There are, of course, always those fluke events. For example, I had a powersurge (or something) that knocked out my video card and power supply. As an example, my computer is now 4-5 years old. It does what I need it to. I no longer play games, which was the big reason I always had to upgrade. My current computer is perfectly capable of browsing the ... more
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5 years is considered the typical lifespan of a system. I had a Gateway that lasted 7 years and got hit by lightening twice before it died. I had to replace the modem card after the first hit. The second hit fried the motherboard. I've had two HPs that were complete junk. One had a bad AC jack, bad DVD, and bad hard drive while still under warranty (1 year). The customer service sucked. I should've fought harder and got it declared a lemon but HP is just a bad company to deal with. The other HP had a bad power supply and bad DVD one month out of warranty. I'll never buy another HP. At 5 1/2 years you should make sure all your data backups are kept up to date. more
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well i know that a computer moniter can last a long time, the LCD ones dont. they are good and cool, but the cathode ray tube lasts a long time!!! now the computer, well i know that the computer is a machine, and the components inside is the motherboard, disk drives, and other stuff, so it depends on how new it is, mines been around since 2003, so it should last a long time, depending on how new your machine is, computers, think of them as machines. more
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It depends how you treat it and what you use it for. If you use it for internet surfing or gaming I'm surprised it lasted this long with all those viruses. more
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