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Will it last 10.5 years too?

Thomas Jentzsch


The PC I bought ~10.5 years ago is still up and running. 

I only doubled the RAM and bought a new 4 TB HDD (which I plan to continue to use) when the 2 TB Seagate HDD died early. But the small SSD does still well:


63 TB total writes bytes means ~500 writes per byte. The wear level count is at 55, so it could last more than twice as long. :) I wonder if my next Samsung will do as well too.


Anyway, even though the SSD is still healthy and the CPU is also fine for most tasks, I thought it would be time for some new hardware:

  • ASRock B450 Pro4 R2.0 ATX
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700G (I don't need a dedicated GPU)
  • 2 x 16 G.Skill Aegis 32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz
  • Samsung SSD 980 1 TB
  • be quiet! Pure Power 11 400W (quite a bit oversized)


This did cost me less than 500€. Everything will go into my old BitFenix Shinobi case. Should be a quite simple task... :ponder: 

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I built my current PC in 2012 as well, though it took until 2015 before I started to use it daily. I was too lazy to migrate from my older PC, until it stopped working and I had no other choice. Just like you, I have upgraded RAM from 8 to 16 GB, otherwise no changes and I only have a traditional HDD.


I don't have any plans to upgrade rest of the hardware though, more likely I'll get myself a better laptop than the one I currently use since it has begun flickering the display and is dog slow to use.

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Exchanging the hardware was the expected quite easy task. Took me an hour or so. Now I am only missing an extension cable for the front USB 2 ports, because for whatever reasons, the header on the new mainboard is far away from the USB 3 header. And the split off cable is quite short.


At first I couldn't get my the internal GPU working in parallel with the dedicated one. I had to remove the latter, reboot and reinstall before Windows allowed me to use my two displays and the TV together.


Setting up the software in an ongoing task with some hiccups here and there...

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