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Opinion. How long will these CPU's last?

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This is a very open ended question...but an important one I think. I remember when after about 5 years after my parents getting our old Athlon 2400 system, it was getting all slow, couldn't play games(even when I got a slightly better graphics card), and we maxed out the ram on the board.....to even run Windows XP. I did what I could with my young brain to try to speed it up, to no avail.

Then over the past 2 years I've got into building PC's,which is very addictive, and I have enjoyed learning what I have learned in such a short amount of time.

Anyways, I've read a lot about how the hardware seems to be farther ahead than the software..meaning, that say a 4 core AMD processor won't really be thoroughly utilized by apps for several years, and that right now only demanding games take advantage of more cores/threads. Well, Does that mean, say.... a Phenom II X4 with 4 gigs of ram will serve the general user for the next 2, 4, 8 or 10 years.......without starting to "slow up"?

I don't want this to become an Amd versus Intel thread at all, but I want peoples opinions on how the current/past hardware will be utilized by software makers over the next several years, and curios to see how long these systems that are built today will last.

Fire away!
post #2 of 7
I don't know much on the subject, but given what you said, A Phenom 2 x4 would probably last quite a long time, between 4 and 8 years, before starting to show signs that you need an upgrade. If you bought top of the line in today's standards, say an i7 2700k for example, that thing is still going to be considered adequateness in 2020 for sure.

Also know I am just guessing here, I don't really know much about the topic to say. Aka= Take what I say with a very big pinch of salt?

Also, same here with the addiction to building PC's! I have built my own and two for two of my friends. It's so much fun!
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4 years maby but 8 well that depends on your requirements of the system. I'm using a q6600 still and my system runs great. But then again I'm not running 6 displays and doing video editing. One thing I think has changed systems now is SSD drives. They can revive some life into old machines. Now if you're system won't load xp its just time to take that system out back and put it out of its misery.
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It depends on the usage. Even a single core CPU like AMD 64 is good for most basic stuff. In 2002 I think a fast CPU was Pentium 4 @ 3.0GHz. As a matter of fact I was using one the other day and it was very usable and no lag. The equivalent now would be a 6 core Intel cpu
955 with 8gb would last 10 years no problem as long as things stay the same
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I'd be hesitant of 'adequate until 2020'. That's 8 years off, is a top of the line CPU from 2004 still adequate? It's adequate for web browsing and that's about it.

So yes it will function, but who knows to what degree it'll be able to handle a work load.
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It depends on what you're using it for. My old Athlon 64 x2 is still serviceable for Word & office programs + surfing the internet... so I gave it away as a hand-me-down. What will games take to run in 5 years? Who knows. But for casual users, they should figure 5 years or more with an AMD, likely somewhat longer for an Intel. Probably longer, but... *shrug*
    
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A good rule of thumb, is if you buy a good system now, and then say the next gen of consoles comes out in the next quarter. That PC you build will easily be able to game till even the next gen of consoles. PC games tend to become heavy demanding when a new generation of consoles arrives, and slowly taper off, because consoles can only handle so much. And most PC games no are ported from consoles.

Back when the PS3 came out, was about the era of C2Ds and C2Qs. Now I'm not saying you'll max out games, but a system right now with a Q6600, 4GB of ram, and 2 8800GTXs would still handle games pretty well.

As for general computing, a C2D and 2gigs of ram is more then enough of everyday computing. And the 6xxx series of C2Ds are going on 6 years old now. My mom still uses a Athlon x2 4800+ with 2 gigs of ram, which I still find acceptable for browsing the web, playing videos and idk, copying photos from her digital camera lol.
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