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Old March 11, 2019, 04:38 PM
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In my original post about my mobo failing https://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...placement.html

I figured out that it was the mobo giving me trouble. I don't want to buy a new mobo for a old 2011 platform.

I would rather scrap it / reuse the parts for another system or sell it off.

The mobo was a second hand mobo though and was used heavily over the past 8 years of use.

I have a question about long term use about my other old 2011 system that I use as a server (My system specs).

That computer is a server/HTPC. Should I think of retiring 5+ year hardware? I would rather have a usable system than run it till it dies...

I am thinking of getting the older but capable AMD Ryzen 1700 from MikesCS and get a B350 mobo to run as my server lol. And retire my current server/HTPC so it can still be used time to time.

I hate it that my ASUS mobo died.... I thought it would last at least 12 years... but it was an ITX H61 version 2.0 board... and used.
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Old March 11, 2019, 04:42 PM
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What system do you have that is 2011? I'm still running x79 without issue but a board replacement is definitely not worth it.

If it's the 2600k that is 1155 and should be able to find a fairly cheap board.
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Old March 11, 2019, 04:50 PM
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What system do you have that is 2011? I'm still running x79 without issue but a board replacement is definitely not worth it.

If it's the 2600k that is 1155 and should be able to find a fairly cheap board.
YEar 2011 Sandybridge era.

Fairly Cheap board are all used mostly though but how long will it last? I would rather get my self a good AMD B350 board new for like $70 or buy two because the AMD 1700 I hope to buy will outlast everything plus ram.

I finally have a full time job right now and scared of my HTPC computer (not in my sig but with an i7 3770 in the dropdown button system specs will die soon because I run it 24/7
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Old March 11, 2019, 07:30 PM
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5 years is a pretty normal life cycle for a computer, that's what a lot of businesses run with. I wouldn't say there's any exact time frame though, things will die "randomly". I'd say it's a bit better to spend a little extra when buying to get something a little higher quality as the chances are it will last longer.

The system in your specs should keep running a while longer I'd say... I have a 2500k and P8P67 PRO still going fine.

I think I have a P8H61-I (could be H67 version) here that has weird boot problems (maybe similar to what you had) which I was running as a HTPC until I moved to Android TV. It's been like that for over a year now though. Actually, maybe the H61 died and I threw it out...can't remember...
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Old March 12, 2019, 05:34 AM
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Life cycling certainly makes sense, as JD said, in a fixed time frame, IMO dependent on how critical the system is. At work we of course life cycle the big important stuff based on a number of factors: performance, warranty coverage, etc. That makes good sense if a system going down is going to result in cost or extended downtime.

For a home system, I guess I'd base my decision on how critical the system is and how available my funds are! ;) At home, as long as your stuff is backed up, the system going down is likely less of a risk, more of an inconvenience. And how long things run is really hard to guess. I have a i7 920 system that is still running strong, taking on some small server roles eventually, but runs no different today than when I first put it together! They were launched in late 2008 and I bought shortly after launch. Still same motherboard as with original purchase. It could die the next time I turn it on, but I'll likely keep using it until it does.
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My inlaws used their past comptuer for about 10 years with me cleaning it occasionally but it was a glorified web browser. I replaced it with an APU based system and I'd expect it to last another 10 before they consider doing anything with it.

Personally my last motherboard was a Crosshair 4 Extreme from 2010 but it went through 3 different CPU's, don't recall what I bought it with but then it had an 1100T and a FX-8XXX series CPU in it but 32GB ram that whole time. It probably went through a dozen combinations of video cards though (some borrowed for testing).
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Old March 12, 2019, 08:22 AM
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My inlaws used their past comptuer for about 10 years with me cleaning it occasionally but it was a glorified web browser. I replaced it with an APU based system and I'd expect it to last another 10 before they consider doing anything with it.

Personally my last motherboard was a Crosshair 4 Extreme from 2010 but it went through 3 different CPU's, don't recall what I bought it with but then it had an 1100T and a FX-8XXX series CPU in it but 32GB ram that whole time. It probably went through a dozen combinations of video cards though (some borrowed for testing).
That support from AMD for multiple processors for the same socket has always been a plus in my mind. Certainly helps with longevity of systems for the money you invest!
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If it has critical data, make sure its backed up...everything else nearly irrelevant as long as if something died that you can afford a little bit of down time. If the PC is doing what you want it to and the data as backed up, then run it until either: 1) it isn't doing what you want anymore 2) it fails 3) the urge to upgrade can't be contained anymore
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Old March 12, 2019, 12:25 PM
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I keep saying I will replace my 3930k rig once it dies, but I am pretty sure at this point it will keep working forever just to spite me.
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Still using my 2600K, 8GB RAM but planning a new Zen2 build this summer/fall.
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