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    How often do you replace or upgrade your systems?

    Today I made the decision to replace my computer. I've been thinking about this since the start of the year. My PC's pretty much at the end of its days. It wheezes like a chain smoker and startup times are a bit silly. Still, I got a lot of good out of it.

    I actually prefer prebuilts. I like the peace of mind you get from them. Going down the DIY route you can only truly rest assured it'll be a smooth experience if you're considerably skilled. My system before my current lasted six and a half years and it was only a mid-range. I got my money's worth for sure. This one's lasted a bit over five years. I also upgrade parts like GPU and RAM.

    This time I decided to go down the gaming laptop route and ordered a great bundle deal for the 2020 Razer Blade Pro 17:



    Wipes the floor with my GTX 1070 desktop. Once I've sold off the bundle extras I don't need (Razer chair and backpack, which won't take so long to sell off) it'll have ended up costing about half of its original RRP around nine months ago. This will be my first gaming laptop. I've owned laptops but didn't used to take them so seriously as computers for daily use. Tech's changed so much though and laptops really pack a punch these days. Not sure how much use I'll make of 300fps but I'll approach it with an open mind. I remember when I first saw 120Hz. It really blew me away. 300Hz though, I dunno... we'll see. One thing I really look forward to is how space-saving a laptop will be. I have my huge-ass desktop on my workstation and it's always been a mess. Hopefully not anymore.

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    I have had a custom-built PC for like 6 years now and I update something in it every year or two.

    I feel like it is cheaper and easier this way so I don't fall too behind with the tech and the quality of my computer stays current. I did buy a laptop last year I think it was but I have hardly touched it. It still has windows on it. I planned on putting Linux on it but never got around to it. I will start making more use of it when it is nicer though, use it outside so I can get more fresh air.

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    I have a four-year-old Lenovo laptop and I'm pretty satisfied with its performance. Windows updates, on the other hand, increasingly push me towards depression (so freaking slow each month), and now when 20H2 update is offered, it fails to install on my machine. The likely culprits are sound drivers, but I am not going to delete the whole audio device just to get an upgrade. I will wait it out for a month and see what happens.

    PS I am more and more thinking about switching to Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    I have had a custom-built PC for like 6 years now and I update something in it every year or two.

    I feel like it is cheaper and easier this way so I don't fall too behind with the tech and the quality of my computer stays current..
    Upgrades are always good. There does come a point where even with your own builds when you need to more or less start over. Six years is quite impressive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ebisuno92 View Post
    I have a four-year-old Lenovo laptop and I'm pretty satisfied with its performance. Windows updates, on the other hand, increasingly push me towards depression (so freaking slow each month), and now when 20H2 update is offered, it fails to install on my machine. The likely culprits are sound drivers, but I am not going to delete the whole audio device just to get an upgrade. I will wait it out for a month and see what happens.

    PS I am more and more thinking about switching to Linux.
    Yeah, that sounds grim. Windows Updates used to frustrate me to no end. I straight-up disabled them at one point, which in hindsight wasn't the smartest idea. They did used to be extremely invasive though, which is what led me to such a drastic measure. (Especially after losing plenty of work due to the zero-notice restarts.) I think that Microsoft has made them a lot tamer so I'm more tolerant now. If Windows Update is messing with your system you can disable its features (ideally only some of them!) using ShutUp10.

    I do see interest in Linux from members here every now and then. I wouldn't be able to make the switch, myself. There is too much I rely on that only runs on Windows, as well as the heaps of Windows games. Software like Proton can run Windows games on Linux, but far from all of the ones on Steam.

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    If it's a desktop I'll normally build it from scraps and use it until something in it fails or until I decide to upgrade it. Although I went back to laptops. Unfortunately, most laptops will only last 2-4 years regardless of cost. I've had one last for 7 but it was unusable at that stage. I'm thinking of repurposing my old computer as a linux server just to have something to play around with. I prefer the portability of laptops so I'm sold on that front.

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