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Best future-proof purchase you've made?

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#1
Well, I've just realised my laptop is 9 years old now, and it cost about $4200 when it was new, and it still works! (mostly).
So, whats the longest running piece of hardware you still use, or your best purchase ever?
 

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My laptop is a Tualatin, so it's pretty ancient as well. Still does everything I want it to, though the battery wouldn't mind being replaced. Runs like 90 mins now, should be able to do much longer. I guess laptops last longer than desktops as many people don't require them to be very powerful. It's fine for some visual studio, office, browsing the web. Can even watch DivX movies without any problems. Has TV-out as well.

Apart from that networking equipment and storage controllers tend to last long. I still have some U160 equipment in service, still works great.
 

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Mine was an old Packard Bell desktop - it was my first PC I had when I was 11 and lasted me until I was 18, so 7 years. It was a good ol' P166MMX based rig which I managed to overclock to 200MHz using a jumper on the motherboard.

If it wasn't for that machine I wouldn't be an IT Technician now, I wouldn't be sat at my workstation taking calls, replying to fraught customer emails and repairing broken laptops & the a-like.

I owe a lot to that machine - it's funny how it's in my carport with Ivy growing all around it and inside. Maybe I should grow a moustache and take pictures of it for my deviant art account. ;)
 
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Q6600 is probably the CPU ive kept as my main powerhouse for the longest. oh and my 8800GTX is standing the test of time and proving to be a worthwhile investment.
 
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a £20 benq drive back in the day still using it just now, also i still have a old maxtor hard drive 80gb
 
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#7
my best purchase is my Logitech Z-5500 its still exellent today and i bought it in 2004
the second best purchase i made is Corsair HX620 (Exellent PSU!)
 

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An original Radeon (R100). I still use it to test if onboard video died or as a stand in to test if the original video card in a system called it quits. It's PCI so it will work in pretty much any computer built in the last decade.

Second place would be the Audigy 2 ZS and Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1. Both were purchased back in 2003 and both are still full functional. I admit, the BASH amp went out on the Klipsch but I don't consider that a drawback because that was the best case of tech support/customer service I have ever had. They are and will remain "future-proof" because there's nothing better than analog audio (at least in my book).
 

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Q6600 is probably the CPU ive kept as my main powerhouse for the longest. oh and my 8800GTX is standing the test of time and proving to be a worthwhile investment.
Q6600 and 8800GTX for me as well. Hell, they're still paired together in my LAN rig, and that system kept up quite well with an i7 rig at the last lan.
 
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Probably my G5, it's the only thing I keep when I build a new pc/upgrade. I love it and if/when it dies I'll buy another!
Also my Audigy 2ZS, I've had that for ages, probably due for an upgrade some time soon though...
 

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Q6600 and 8800GTX for me as well. Hell, they're still paired together in my LAN rig, and that system kept up quite well with an i7 rig at the last lan.
same, i use the Q6600 in my lan rig, and with the GTX295, ive been ahead at all my local lans still :p
 
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The DVD-RW combo drive that's in my rig, it's seen four years of service so far and still going strong.
In fact it's the only peice of HW that hasn't changed in my rig since I've bought it.
 

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My 7900gt. It has been around for quite some time and always finds a new home as soon as the old owner rejects it. I paid $290 for it, and it is still a great card.
 

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oh man i cant beleive i forgot a few things.

Sure the Q6600 and the 8800GTX were big ones, but i missed a few more.

1. sennheiser HD-555 headphones. had htem since 2001, and STILL the best headphones of anyone i know. i've seen PC's that cost less than these babies.

2. 40 samsung" HDTV. well i've only had it a year, but i bet this baby will be here for years to come. zero motivation to replace it.

3. logitech Z5500's - again only about a year, but they work so well with the TV i dont think these will be replaced any time soon either.
 

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Athlon X2 6000

Cost me about £250 when I got it methinks and it just needs a new mobo but it still flies.
 
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My Klipsch Promedia 5.1s. I bought them like 7 years ago and they're still going strong. Awesome speakers.
 

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My Klipsch Promedia 5.1s. I bought them like 7 years ago and they're still going strong. Awesome speakers.
I was trying to think and you hit the nail on the head, only mine are the 4.1's - I have a set of the 5.1's in my living room.

Ironically, the longest lived piece of hardware I have in my 'puter is a creative live platinum... as much as I dont like that company. :rolleyes:
 
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Hehe definitely. When these finally die (knock on wood) I'm going build a small home theater speaker set up in my computer room with Klipsch speakers.
 

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oh man i cant beleive i forgot a few things.

Sure the Q6600 and the 8800GTX were big ones, but i missed a few more.

1. sennheiser HD-555 headphones. had htem since 2001, and STILL the best headphones of anyone i know. i've seen PC's that cost less than these babies.

2. 40 samsung" HDTV. well i've only had it a year, but i bet this baby will be here for years to come. zero motivation to replace it.

3. logitech Z5500's - again only about a year, but they work so well with the TV i dont think these will be replaced any time soon either.
heh i hear you there, i missed my 28" viewsonic LCD monitor, paid 645 Ausie dollars on it about a year ago and right now they are 900+ so im very happy and its BIG for games and tv shows.

My gen 1 G15 keyboard, thats over 2 years old now...

about 5-6 years ago i also bought a dlink 16-port layer 2 10/100 switch (DES-1016D ?), has been the lanning switch since then, such a robust unit, and i love that it just figures everything out for you.

my racing bucket gaming chair, its pretty much a high performance car racing bucket seat bolted to a wheelie base, gorgeous.

ill add more as i remember them.
 
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fits E8600 - seeing as it flys and still needs to be overclocked, i think it should last me a few years.
 

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