There have been a few threads in Titled Gear lately about folks getting new hardware. It's always pretty exciting. In my own case, it's particularly exciting because I take forever to buy new hardware. This is partly because of my income, but it's also because I like to use things up as much as possible. (You should see my wardrobe!) How long do you use your computer hardware before you upgrade? Replace? • My current work computer is the Macbook2,1, which consists of late 2006/mid 2007 designs. Some specs: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667 MHz Intel GMA 950 I bought this in late 2007, so I've had it for five years I guess. (Wow, really?) It has many miles on it. I did upgrade the RAM from 1 GB to 2 GB, which extended the machine's lifecycle considerably. I use it for basic office productivity and design: Adobe Create Suite, Microsoft Office, etc. I don't do anything particularly heavy, such as video rendering. The system is most taxed when I use Dreamweaver and Photoshop simultaneously. It gets the job done. For now. It can run the most current OS, but I'm one version back. I don't have any current plans to replace this machine, but I'm prepared for it to perhaps die on me one day over the next year or two (or more!). The funny thing about this machine is that Apple discontinued the entire product line about this time last year. If I need to replace mine, I will be replacing it with a Macbook Pro if not a Mac Mini or iMac. I'm not so sure about the Macbook Air. I'm afraid I'd break it or something, and I'm not sure about its performance for what I do. • My current desktop/entertainment computer is a Dell Vostro 410, which is a first-gen "phase 2" minitower design from around 2008. Some specs: Intel Kentsfield Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2.4 GHz (from 2007) 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 800 MHz Intel G33 Express, 1333 MHz bus ATI Radeon HD 6850, 1GB GDDR5 Windows Vista I bought this on clearance for like $800 in around 2008, so I've had this for around four years. I've upgraded the video card once, and I now can run most games, though maybe on medium settings on average. I've used this machine to play hours and hours of game such as World of Warcraft, Civilization III, Team Fortress 2, Tropico 3, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, and the Total War series. So I'm not playing Crysis or Call of Duty or Skyrim or anything crazy like that. It's not worth it on this hardware. So for gaming, I'm using hardware from a few years ago, generally. Now that I have a PS3, I'm not so concerned about my aging PC hardware. (Though it would be nice to run Star Wars: The Old Republic and Age of Conan way better than I can...!) How about you? How long do you use your hardware typically? Overall, I tend to get a least five years from my hardware before I give up the ghost. I've already started to see some signs of that on the PC (re: Conan and Star Wars), but I will still likely hold off and get more use out of it.