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    How often do you upgrade your computer when working in a business environment. My guess is 3 years? What do you think?

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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    3-5 years seems to be the standard. Of course each business is different.

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    As long as it can perform well and meets the requirements of new software releases

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    That is right if it can run new programs well then I guess there is no need for upgrade but in time you will finally need an upgrade.

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    2 years or so ;-)

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    I usually go by these general guidelines:

    3-5 for servers & general use

    2-3 for power users

    1-3 for high-end & multimedia

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    If it can still perform smoothly why upgrade. If it's working why fix hehehe

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    I have (for the past 2 years, coming to an end next week) a great position. I'm the "backup" network/system administrator, and I sit next to the main guy.

    That means that when a new machine arrives, I have dibs. I constantly upgrade. My data is stored on a network drive, so moving it isn't an issue. Our systems are built from images and take ~20 minutes, so again, not an issue. Our settings are part of a Windows profile, so they come with me.

    All of that means I can upgrade my PC and be up and working in about half-a-day. Compared to other environments I've worked in, where the upgrade process was a week long affair, it's heaven.

    I'm on my 5th machine in the last 2 years.

    Anyhow...

    The standard for other users in our company is that they basically keep their machine until it either stops working, or no long fulfills their needs. That could be anywhere from 1 year to 10 years. Nowadays, the life span is growing shorter since the low cost of powerful machines makes it a worthwhile upgrade.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by yza View Post
    As long as it can perform well and meets the requirements of new software releases
    Exactly as long as it is performing well and has no hassles to run on any OS there isn't any need to upgrade or re-format it.But yes I personally do it once a year (probably at the year ending)in order to keep a check of work done for that particular year.
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    I've been using Pentium MMX for 6-7 years, then Celeron for 2-3 years and recently got Core 2 Duo.


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