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What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?

#1 Post by pianowizard » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:51 am

In the past year or so I dramatically downsized my computer collection and am now down to just four, which I believe is my lowest computer count since 2003! The computer that I've had for the longest is an HP 8300 Elite minitower with Core i7-3770, bought in July 2012. I seldom hold on to a computer for that long, nearly 5 years.

I am not asking what's your oldest computer -- many threads asked that before -- but the computer you've owned for the longest, EVEN IF IT NO LONGER WORKS. How long have you had it for?
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#2 Post by JohnD. » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:50 am

The computer that I have held onto the longest, would be the IBM 5150 model (640K RAM, 2 - 360K Drives - CGA monitor). Purchased by my parents for me to use for engineering school in August, 1983. It was used to access the school's VAX system via Hayes 2400 kps modem emulating a VT100, so I could input Fortran programs. Throw in there a Epson 500 9 pin dot-matrix printer. We got a discount because my pop had a good friend and his son worked for IBM, so we were lucky and got a an employee discount (33%) on the machine.

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#3 Post by MisterB » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:02 am

An Amiga 2500 purchased in 1994. It still works. I replaced the motherboard 10 years ago. It isn't one of the more collectible Amigas but it is still worth more than I paid for it which is a rare thing with computers.

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#4 Post by dr_st » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:52 am

I own an AMD-K6 II based desktop, purchased it early 2000. Still works.
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#5 Post by ZaZ » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:14 am

I tend not to hang onto things unless I use them. Back in the day you used to upgrade because in three years, the performance increased significantly, but now that CPU needs have sort of plateaued for most uses, I suspect I'll be hanging on to my current machines longer than in the past. I'm down the four as well, though two are media servers mostly.

Back in 2007 or so I bought a HP desktop with Athlon x2 CPU that I was using to code some video. Over the years I upgraded to faster CPUs and more memory, but in 2010 I took some parts from it to built a custom AMD Phenom II 1055t x6 box. I had started to code more 1080p video and in 2014 I found a really good deal on a i7-3770, so I got that and sold my Phenom. Now the Intel was definitely faster at coding video by about 50%, but I kind of wish I had kept the Phenom because it's cooler to have something your built as opposed to something you bought. The only area where the Intel was better was coding, but I usually set it up to run before I went to work or bed. The Phenom is still today a pretty good CPU, just not top of the line. Had I hung onto it, it would have been seven years.
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#6 Post by Puppy » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:06 am

I still keep my R51 from 2004. I use it as internet radio and music player (VLC) connected to amplifier instead of old Hi-Fi CD player and FM tuner. It has surprisingly good analog audio output quality compared to X220 or new models.
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#7 Post by Neil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:31 pm

Not the first computer I bought, and not the oldest I now have, but the one I've had for the longest time is a hp Pavilion 8140 that I purchased as a factory refurbished unit in 1997 for $999. It had the best specs I could get for that kind of money back then. Used that machine for over 15 years in one capacity or another, and still have it, albeit with a different motherboard now. So it's basically just the original case, but the keyboard and mouse are still in use daily to this very day!
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#8 Post by jdk » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:52 pm

Packard Bell 486. It was my first computer from 1995. I used it as primary machine for four years, then in high school, saved enough money to build my own AMD relegate the PB to a spare. It was last used in the Summer of 2002 as a Word Processor / AOL Instant Messenger machine, and could still browse the internet reasonably well at the time.

I never understood the hate for Packard Bell. That machine was extremely well documented (full motherboard diagram in PDF format, taught 10 year old me a lot) and upgrading it was a breeze. That PB450 motherboard could max out with 64 Megs of RAM and a Pentium Overdrive, slots to upgrade L2 cache and VRAM, and also had a Riser card upgrade to allow PCI cards. Changing the onboard multiplier was also documented, and only required moving a jumper. It was the possibility for incremental upgrades which allowed that machine to last as long as it did. I never had a failed component, despite the machine being plugged directly into the wall all that time!

It was my opinion, still is, that the PC magazines at the time were bought off by Micron, NEC, and Dell to slander those of us who could only afford a Packard Bell computer.
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#9 Post by TheAuldMan76 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:37 pm

My X200s - I've had it for nearly five years now, got it back in late 2012, and it's been a very solid reliable little runner for me.

It's had a two new batteries and a replacement keyboard over the years - on top of that it's been upgraded to a maximum 8GB of RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD and 3rd Party BIOS to remove the hardware whitelisting, so I can use an Intel 6205 WiFi Card in it. It's a lovely little system and touch wood, the WXGA+ LED LCD has kept on ticking without any issues. :-)

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#10 Post by Omineca » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:09 am

A Toshiba Satellite 2410 laptop. It's a 15" model with a P4M processor and an Nvidia gpu, bought new in 2003 for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $2500. That seems crazy now. Later, I upgraded the RAM to 1GB and added an internal wifi card. The hard drive is still original. The screen resolution is only 1024x768, but it's sharp and the colours really pop. I used it regularly until a couple of years ago. These days it sits on a shelf in the basement.

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#11 Post by Dekks » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:40 am

Compaq Armada M700 - 2001 to 2007 until replaced by a X32 . Ran windows 2000/Office like a champ.
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#12 Post by pianowizard » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:02 am

Looking at everyone's response, I realized that my question was unclear! I was really asking about computers that you have NOW. Among your current computers, which one have you owned for the longest, and when did you get it? My current HP 8300 Elite minitower has been with me for just under 5 years, which is the fifth or sixth longest among all the 121 computers I have ever owned.

The two that I kept for the longest were my first two computers: a custom-built 16MHz 80286 desktop (1990 - 2004) and a Packard Bell Legend 11CD desktop with 50MHz 80486DX2 (1994 - 2004). I still have the 40MB hard drive from that 80286 desktop! Contrast that with the 10TB hard drive I bought this week!
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I never understood the hate for Packard Bell.
You don't remember the lawsuit? Packard Bell sold "new" computers that contained used components.
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#13 Post by axur-delmeria » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:10 am

Probably that Pentium 3-800 desktop that we built mostly from used parts.
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#14 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:46 am

Can't find my Commodore 64, so I guess the longest owned must be my NEC Versa VX1 laptop from 2000.
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#15 Post by jdk » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:56 am

pianowizard wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:02 am
jdk wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:52 pm
I never understood the hate for Packard Bell.
You don't remember the lawsuit? Packard Bell sold "new" computers that contained used components.
No, I don't remember that lawsuit. Thanks for the insight.

Yesterday, I was thinking maybe it's time to finally max out that Packard Bell -- then I saw the prices for 30 pin SIMMS and the (NIB) 83 MHz Pentium overdrive. I think I'll pass. I'm not even sure it would boot up at this point; it's been in storage for fifteen years.

I have several old systems in that same room -- a Performa(?) 90Mhz, several PS/2s complete with monitors, and then some leftover ATX builds from the early 2000's, all in various stages of disrepair. Most of the older machines came from the scrap heap. But the Packard Bell, being my first real computer (unless you count a Smith Corona typewriter that accepted 3½ floppies and saved to WordStar format), is the one I've owned the longest.
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#16 Post by theterminator93 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:04 am

Hmm. I'd have to say it's an old Compaq LTE Lite 4/25e which I was given back in early 2004, as I recall, by a neighbor whom I attribute to starting my fascination with computers. It still works, although its hinges are in pretty bad shape.

Coming in a close second is the ThinkPad A22m I bought at the end of 2004. The last time I tried powering it up it wasn't booting (infamous 20 series power design flaw) but it seems to do that occasionally... if I pull it out again I wouldn't be surprised if it booted right up.

As far as Packard Bell, the first "real" computer we had was a Packard Bell... it was sold as a Pentium 90, but in reality it was an overclocked Pentium 75. :lol:
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#17 Post by thinkpadcollection » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:26 am

PII 350 based on Asus P2B in generic case, then Athlon 462 socket with VIA (worst purchase ever due to VIA is buggy even board was Asus). Then P5K with C2D cpu upgraded twice. All longest owned in YEARS. BTW: That case still have it for family computer housing Asus H81 and 3.6GHz i3 on wireless.

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#18 Post by Omineca » Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:30 pm

pianowizard wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:02 am
Looking at everyone's response, I realized that my question was unclear! I was really asking about computers that you have NOW. Among your current computers, which one have you owned for the longest, and when did you get it?
Try again! :lol:
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#19 Post by axur-delmeria » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:49 am

Silly me, the answer was beside me all along. It's my sister's Inspirion 1525, which she bought new around 2008, and still running now. She's let go of it and it's currently under my care.
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#20 Post by Whitieiii » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:26 pm

The computer I've had the longest would have to be my t440p or one of my HP netbooks (that even sucks on chromium os)
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#21 Post by Unknown_K » Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:24 am

The oldest computer I purchased new and still have would be a Timex Sinclair 2068 from 1982/83 (around Christmas).

I still have my original 6 switch Atari 2600 game console from the late 1970's (pretty sure it was the original US made model but I would have to look).

Both work. Not sure why I kept the Timex since I switched to a C64 a year later and then just sold my old systems whenever I needed a new one up until 2000 or so.
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#22 Post by ZaZ » Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:25 am

Given the new parameters, my oldest PC is the HTPC I built in 2010. It's got a 45w AMD Athlon II x4 600e, which still offers respectable performance, along with 4GB of PC6400 DDR2 Memory, a 2TB and 8TB hard drives, and a 90GB OCZ Agility III SSD as the boot drive. It's snappy and has been humming along for seven years now with nary a complaint. Not bad for a $200 investment.
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#23 Post by AlphaKilo470 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:11 am

I have a ThinkPad 600X I picked up off eBay in 2010. However, it looks like absolute [censored] and when I say it's still functional, I mean so in the most remote and technical sense. At the beginning of April, 2012, it looked brand new having just had it's keyboard, lid, hinges and battery replaced. By May of 2012, the thing had pretty much self-destructed. The rubber just started peeling off, the hinges had snapped, battery packed up and power jack was loose. So much for refurbishing a machine with used parts. I keep telling myself I'll rebuild it again but to this day it just sits stashed away somewhere in my credenza.

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#24 Post by thinkpadcollection » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:46 pm

ZaZ wrote:
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:25 am
Given the new parameters, my oldest PC is the HTPC I built in 2010. It's got a 45w AMD Athlon II x4 600e, which still offers respectable performance, along with 4GB of PC6400 DDR2 Memory, a 2TB and 8TB hard drives, and a 90GB OCZ Agility III SSD as the boot drive. It's snappy and has been humming along for seven years now with nary a complaint. Not bad for a $200 investment.
Get this inexpensive memory 16GB, 4GBx4 modules from ebay for AMD only: I have done this with great results with mine and is OEM. Mine is 32 chip per module and is Micron.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Micron-16GB-4x4G ... Sw3ZRY~cFl

Or other kind:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Samsung-16GB-4x4 ... SwWnFWA66V

Or another, this time micron OEM

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#25 Post by ZaZ » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:16 pm

It runs well for what I ask of it, so the marginal value of more memory is low. Plus, I believe I've only got two slots.
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#26 Post by kfzhu1229 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:28 am

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#27 Post by AlphaKilo470 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:06 am

^Back in the mid-2000s when I was still new here, I regularly did that with ThinkPad 760s. I had even sold a few 760s in the marketplace here that were built from spare/leftover parts.
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#28 Post by SynbiosVyse » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:21 pm

I just retired my QX6700 about 6 months ago. It still works, but I finally got something faster to replace it.

It was purchased in Dec 2006. That was just over 10 years of service. I believe it was the very first x86-64 quad core by Intel and it had 8GB DDR2. Snappy even by today's standards.

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#29 Post by dr_st » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:54 am

SynbiosVyse wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:21 pm
I just retired my QX6700 about 6 months ago. It still works, but I finally got something faster to replace it.
My parents still use a QX6700-based system running Win7 as their daily driver. Mostly all they need is web-browsing, streaming, email and office work. More than enough for that.
Current: Thinkpad 25 (20K7), Yoga 14 (20FY), X220 4291-4BG, T410 2537-R46, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G
Collectibles: T430s (IPS FHD + Classic Keyboard), X32 (IPS Screen)
Retired: X61 7673-V2V, T60 1952-F76, A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad

MagicBoy
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Re: What computer have you had for the longest? When did you get it?

#30 Post by MagicBoy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:22 am

Self built P4 1.8A machine, from early 2002. Parts were ordered on the day the DDR motherboards hit retail. It's had various upgrades thrown at it over the years and stopped being used daily in around 2008. Suffered capacitor failure shortly after and a colleague with a soldering station replaced them in exchange for beer. Did a stint as an HTPC, now pulled out for retro gaming duty. Still running an XP install from 2004!
jdk wrote:
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:52 pm
It was my opinion, still is, that the PC magazines at the time were bought off by Micron, NEC, and Dell to slander those of us who could only afford a Packard Bell computer.
Probably not NEC, they were the majority shareholder of Packard Bell by 1995. ;)
Using : P50s, MacBook Pro 15" (late 2013)
Gone : T42 2373-1WG,T43 2669-VRV,T60 1952-VRQ, T61 7661-CTO, T420 4236-CTO, MacBook Pro 1.83GHz, MacBook unibody 13" 2.4GHz, MacBook Pro 15" (late 2011)

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