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Obviously its typical that because we are on overclock.net it is mega popular and in fashion to talk about elite builds and ultra high components with the best clock imaginable. However, not everyone has an elite machine and I began thinking about that. How many of you use or have a running a computer from over 4 years ago? I got thinking about this for a number of reasons, mainly seeing people talk about so many parts breaking, or their whole computers getting fried for whatever reason. I have an old hp pavillion a420n and I am pretty certain I got it around 2005. Since then, while at college, I have had 2 laptops completely die on me, and my wife had 2 laptops die on her in that period of time. At that point I cleared some dust out of the old monster and brought it back to business. the cdwriter and dvdrom both died. which was replaced with a dvdr,the 160gb hdd failed at some point and was replaced with a 200gb hdd, and i added a videocard and trippled its ram. Ive spilled huge quantities of water on it, I have brought it with me on numerous moves, and probably kicked and dinged over the years, its been covered in dust and cat hair, but it still keeps going, same as it ever has. Of course its time for me to upgrade, but I wonder if anyone else has had the pleasure of having such a reliable machine or had the patience to keep it going for ~6 years.

on a side note->
What are you doing on overclock.net with a rig like that? Well, Even though I have a FAR from fancy system that could be overclocked like the stuff that is typical for here, no other computer forum can come remotely close to the enthusiasm people here have for their computers.

In 4 months I am doing a complete build with either bulldozer or i5 2500k depending on which is better at less than $400 for cpu+mobo. I've had an amd forever and I wonder if amd will be able to pull it off with their zambezi,but if not sandy bridge it is.
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See my bro's rig.
Or the necromancer.
 
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Seagate 500 GB 7200.12 (near dead) Hiachi Coolspin 2 TB (storage) (near dead) RAID0 2x Westren digital Caviar Blu... OCZ arc 100 240 GB SSD 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 500 GB 7200.12 (near dead) Hiachi Coolspin 2 TB (storage) (near dead) RAID0 2x Westren digital Caviar Blu... OCZ arc 100 240 GB SSD 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xiggy dark knight Windows 7 Ultimate x64 23" ASUS VH236H 1080p QINX QX2710LED 1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Kinesis advantage  XFX TS550 Antec 900 Razer deathadder 
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USB 3.0 PCIe card 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3210M HM77  GT 640LE  4GB soldered+ 8GB SO-DIMM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 EVO Slot loading Stock W7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPower
1600x900 13.3" LCD Backlit 4200 mAh internal and 4800 mAh extended battery. 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Turion ML-40 with heatspreader attached HP laptop socket 754 motherboard with RS480M ch... IGP that I don't use 512 mb ddr 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
4 GB patriot USB 2.0 flash drive None, don't need it. Scythe Ninja Mounted with zip ties.  Pfsense 2.0.2 nanobsd 
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Before I signed up for OCN, I was on a PC that I had used for approximately 3 years. I was looking for ways to improve performance, and I heard about this "overclocking" thing. Ever since, I've spent way too much money on hardware \\o/
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lol quantum fireball those hard drives went forever my last one just died at 15 years old it ran like a champ i was so proud of it i played star craft on it when i first got it used and i played star craft 2 on it days before it died
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