How long can a custom PC last for?
My experience is at best anecdotal, maybe I have been lucky so far and blessed by the old gods and the new. My PC is still alive since 2011—Windows, Gigabyte mainboard, and other components. Yes, I have had to change some things here and there, like the power supply once, the fans twice (they got bigger and better each time) and upgraded my ram.
I do admit that I am gambling a bit with my HDD (Hard disk drive), those needles have a lifespan, and 8 years of operation is more than one should expect. I should plan to upgrade to an SSD (Solid State Drive). You can google the difference between these later, but to summarise, HDD has moving parts, and SSD has none, which would make the latter last a lot longer. In theory. In practice, it all depends on the quality of the make, so do your research and buy from a reputable brand with reasonable quality control is the best advice I can give.
I love custom builds; they are easy to fix. Like an old mechanical car with minimal electronics, a swap here and a wipe there, it is good as new. And if you look at it from a cost perspective, very efficient. From an environmental perspective, very environmentally friendly too. Here in Singapore, we have a great shopping mall dedicated to computers and the custom builder; it is called Sim Lim Square. It is a haven for all the computer nerds/geeks/fans/enthusiasts/gamers alike. It is their temple. Sure you could buy a dell or a hp desktop computer, you could make it easy or you could make it your own. My 8-year-old desktop is a testament to custom builds everywhere. With a little bit of love, it powers on a little longer. I will have to upgrade the OS eventually in the future and replace some of the parts; it was such a great run. Worthy of a mention in this blog.
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