How Old Is Your Computer? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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In a timely fashion, we asked you last week about the ways you follow the 2012 Olympic games. The most surprising outcome, at least for me, is that most of you don’t even follow the Olympics. Not even the medal count. But what of those who do?

Out of 232 votes in total, 25% watch the games on TV, 9% watch it on live streaming, 8% follow the results using an app or website, 2% follow the results in the newspaper, 1% follow the results on Twitter or Facebook, 20% use more than one of these methods, 3% use a different method which was not mentioned, and a full 32% don’t follow the games at all.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Arron Walker, which was awarded 150 reward points!

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This week’s poll question is: How Old Is Your Computer?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

While less timely than the Olympics, this is one should turn out interesting. Technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and a laptop bought 2 years ago might already be considered old compared to today’s offers. Some stay with a computer or laptop for as long as possible before upgrading, while others prefer to upgrade to a newer version every year or two. My own laptop is 3.5 years old, and I’ve just started thinking of a new one. How old is your main computer right now? Let’s see if we can get some interesting MakeUseOf stats!

How old is your computer usually before you consider a new one? What makes you decide it’s time to get a new one? Share all your thoughts in the comments!

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Comments (106)
  • Max U

    I have a 10+ year old ECS motherboard, P4 1.7GHz processor, the Samsung 40 GBhard drive and the case (all are 10+ yrs old)). The CD-RW drive (7+ yrs old), PSU (1 yr, 3rd replacement) and CRT 15″Monitor (6+ yrs) and DDR2 400 RAM (5+ yrs)were all upgraded. Yes, the computer still works on Win XP, there is Office 2003, Foxit reader and Irfanview and an old ver. of Avast AV, and nothing much. To boot it, sometimes you’ve got to clean the RAM, put it back and it works fine. Replaced the CMOS batt a few yrs ago. I have another 5 year old working PC, its a Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM

  • Poly

    I have a 10+ year old ECS motherboard, P4 1.7GHz processor, the Samsung 40 GBhard drive and the case (all are 10+ yrs old)). The CD-RW drive (7+ yrs old), PSU (1 yr, 3rd replacement) and CRT 15″Monitor (6+ yrs) and DDR2 400 RAM (5+ yrs)were all upgraded. Yes, the computer still works on Win XP, there is Office 2003, Foxit reader and Irfanview and an old ver. of Avast AV, and nothing much. To boot it, sometimes you’ve got to clean the RAM, put it back and it works fine. Replaced the CMOS batt a few yrs ago. Another, newer, working Core 2 Duo PC is 5 years old:D

  • automan 1

    My computer is made of components that I hand picked and built for their length of service. Unless something phenomenal comes along I won’t update for another couple of years.

  • laura

    I have had my laptop a toshiba since 2006 it just recently started to slow down,I bought it to talk to my grandkids and play games with them since they live in NJ and I am in florida,it just started to slow down has all original programs no upgrades.I am waiting for windows 8 to come out:)

  • jrasulev

    It is rather old, I bough it in 2004, but changed hardware in 2010

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