Probability Question

ming

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#1
I've just checked out a few prices (in UK and HK) for certain items of hardware for my new rig and have a few questions before I set out to buy them.

What's the chance of the following going wrong within 12 and 36 months:

PSU
Mobo
CPU
 

LeeJend

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#2
PSU - most failure prone but: it depends on what quality it is and whether you have a good lightning suppressor on ALL of your PC connected equipment (printers, router, video, modem). Quality does not mean highest price or highest number of watts. Read through the threads here. Phone lines must be suppressed also if you're using a dial up modem. I would expect an Antec or Enermax PSU to last at least 3-5 years. Check the other threads on picking a power supply on OSNN.

Mobo, CPU - Unlikely to fail in less than 5 years unless you overclock, do not cool the system adequately or let dust build up on the coolers. You can also screw the MB by doing a CMOS reset improperly.
 

ming

OSNN Advanced
#3
well, i've already chosen the psu i want to get... just getting opinions about life expectancy of psu's in general because if they last 36+ months then I'll get one from HK because i'll save around £30 compared to UK prices.
 

SPeedY_B

I may actually be insane.
#4
Keep the PSU clean! The last (and only, for that matter) PSU I had fail on me, was basically caused by dust, it had lasted about three and a half years up to that point (Surprising, considering it was a cheap and nasty PSU :D).

As for mobo and CPU, flip a coin. As with the majority of electronics they'll either work, or they wont. as LeeJend says though, given you don't abuse them and use them as they should be used, all should be well. I have a 5 year old AMD in a desktop behind me which still works perfectly, and an even older (around 8 years I think) pentium in a sub notebook which again, works perfect.
 

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