IDC Shoots It Straight, Says Consumers Lack Reasons to Upgrade Older PCs

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CaptainFabulous

I have a veritable army of machines, some dating back 10 years. And all work perfectly fine at whatever task I have assigned to them. Why fix what ain't broke? I'm not going to throw out perfectly good hardware, and I'm not going to spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade hardware and the OSs.

You don't bring your 2002 car to the junkyard if it still runs well simply because it's from 2002.

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noobstix

My last upgrade (or more like replacement) was an Acer H233H 1080p monitor that my brother had bought for an Eyefinity setup. I've had it for about a year (maybe more or less) now. Overall, I can still run Skyrim between 20-30 FPS depending on what ENB I use. Most other games I can run around 20 at max detail (not very smooth but not very choppy as well). I do plan on upgrading to the next-gen stuff at least sometime next year (Phenom II ---> some 3.0-ish GHZ APU and Radeon HD 6800 Series ---> Radeon R-series).

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tarheelunc4589

this is the exact emachines i used to have my first computer that i learned how to build one and put together. http://www.amazon.com/eMachines-T2984-Desktop-Celeron-Drive/dp/B0002X8ZY8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/185-1669959-0023966

mine had the fastest Celeron D @ 2.93GHz i slammed my first nvidia card it was BFG Tech Geforce 6200 OC 256MB DDR2 and i played NFSMW first edition and it played without lag all high settings until i returned it because it blue screened after an hour and just contiuned to do it more and more so i returned it and got replacement and it started acting normally and couldnt play it lag free on high settings lol.

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yammerpickle2

I have a nicely overclocked P-2600K. Intel's latest and greatest even overclocked is basically the same as my current hardware. Until Intel or AMD makes a significantly faster CPU there is no reason to upgrade. Therefore I plan on milking my hardware until unlocked Skylake-E chips are available.

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Nixon

My grand mother had an emachine computer just like the one in that image. I think she bought in 2000. Just replaced it for a mini gateway computer two months ago, but is still using that same old monitor.

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Alathorne

3 out of 4 desktops are home built in my household. The youngest is 2 years old, the oldest is 3 years. We have no need to upgrade any parts except installing a SSD in each (well, that's not really a need either). The only pre-built we have is a 6-year old Dell that still runs XP, because my wife has a very expensive program that does not run on Vista or above and we refuse to buy a new version for that reason. Naturally, we do not have it connected to the web. We also have 2 laptops, 2 netbooks, 2 tablets, and 3 ereaders which are all adjuncts to the desktops, not replacements for.

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Joji

Can't you just "pirate the new version" of that software until you have the money for it? That's what I'd usually do when my pockets are dry. :/

Like any family, it's understandable to pirate since there are many important things to pay for such as Steam sales, Humble Bundle sales, more indie sales, airsoft guns and parts, and finally, 6 bottles of Pepsi for $2!

Unless that specific software is for buisnesses, then I guess it was a wise idea not to pirate it.

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MaximumMike

You're kidding right? That's obviously sarcasm? I don't know how anyone gets over the age of 16 and thinks it's ok to steal something just because they really want it.

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livebriand

It depends - if the legit version has PITA DRM (I have a game I got but have never been able to play due to Starforce DRM), or the upgrades are very costly, I'm not paying for it. For example, as a student, I'm not spending $100 for an upgrade every time a new version of Vmware WS comes out, which is every year or so. (And I've had to upgrade a few times to run the latest version of Windows as a guest. I don't use that many features over the free version anyway.) Same with Adobe software - I'm not buying into a subscription model, thank you very much. (Though I rarely use that software to begin with.)

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Jox

What I'd like to know is: what constitutes a PC sale? I have never purchased a pre-built PC. I buy a motherboard, RAM, CPU, etc. and assemble a system that meets my needs. I have several PCs, but do I count with regard to this statistical data? I'm sure I'm not the only MPC fan who does this.

I'd like to see some stats on motherboard sales thrown into the mix. I'll bet that analysts will find that the PC is stronger than they'd ever realized.

-Jox

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livebriand

Quite frankly, I think we're well into the minority here.

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Neufeldt2002

Glad to see the analysts finally agreeing with what we have been saying here in the comment section since the whole "Post Pc" thing began.

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stradric

This notion that "if it's not growing, it's dying" idea behind the concept of infinite growth capitalism is kind of ridiculous anyway. 300 million units sounds like a pretty healthy industry to me.

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d3v

It's not ridiculous because everything else is growing. Per capita incomes are rising around the world. More people than ever can afford a PC. There is economic growth and that means businesses and individuals need PCs for work and play. So keeping all that in mind no growth does mean it is dying. It is stagnating and that is a bad sign.

Mind you I love PCs. The best things about them are the adaptability and the cheap, standardized hardware. You can do so many things with a PC and if a part fails you just remove it and chuck in new one. But I don't that's enough for most people. They want portability as well now.

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Morete

PC cases and monitors usually aren't dropped on a sidewalk, fall in a toilet or stolen because we left them in the break room or on our desk at work. PC owners co-workers and peers aren't over at the house to see if we have the latest and greatest upgrade system. PCs can still run console port games with old hardware and we don't have to worry about games only developed exclusively for PC since "there aren't any". Most of us don't run AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Acrobat Capture 3 or Core Impact Pro.
We paid good money for our hardware and we got what we paid for and that's why we paid it.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and pay my $200.00/mo. Verizon bill and then take my $700.00 smartphone down to the repair shop because the screen cracked when I dropped it in the sink and it won't turn on because the sink was full of water. /s

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Weo

I agree with froggz and ed. I have built multiple computers for myself, family and friends over the years. They are used primarily for business or internet surfing. Many have gone past 10 years before upgrading major components, e.g. CPU+motherboard+Ram.

My main computer is around 7 years old, which still works well for modest gaming, video editing, and picture editing (although I upgraded components over the years, e.g. videocards, SSDs, RAM, and minor OC'ing)... I've been itching for an upgrade (basically a new computer), but it simply isn't necessary yet.

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edchombeau

This 2 1'2 year old HP is running great, I became envious of my Wife's new Ultrabook with SSD; it is a rocket ship! The only thing I would want from it is the SSD. So I can wait to be spoiled with a new Desktop . Yes; why buy a new Desktop, when I really cannot improve things for everyday use? Oh yes, my next PC no matter what; laptop or desktop; it will have an SSD. One more thing; I advise my non-geek friends to get their PC's checked and cleaned by a pro; it's awfull; the crap that winds up getting inside their PC's; and they just don't know, or care to, maintain themselves.

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froggz

That's a true statement, for my main family computer I had no need to upgrade for about 5 years. I finally replaced the guts with some cheap AMD mainboard/APU combo parts, more memory, ssd and left the original harddrives in for archiving old pictures, documents, etc. Overall the total upgrade cost was $400 and it has more than enough power and boot up speed to satify the most impatients of 6 year olds.

NOw for my gaming PC that's a whole other story, that statement holds zero truth for me.