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Weekend Open Forum: What's the oldest part in your PC?

By Matthew ยท 106 replies
Nov 30, 2012
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  1. My Plextor PlexCombo 20/10/40-12A. Not sure, but it must be at least 10 years old by now.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,536   +2,319

    I can't say for sure what the oldest part of my PC, but I can certainly tell you what the newest part is.

    I walked by the machine and banged into the open tray of the DVD drive. The drive tray of course, jammed.

    After which, I "coerced" it into closing, by landing a ferocious "dim mak" shot, dead center of the stuck in the open position offending part.

    Since I keep spare parts for bizarre contingencies such as this, the winner for "newest part" is, "a Sony Optiarc DVD burner".
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  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    Brand new system with all new parts since May 2012. However, monitor, keyboard, and mouse are carry overs from my Socket 939 days. Still even they were upgrades from the original build. :)
  4. Oldest part? That would be my OmniKey Ultra keyboard. It's now has an AT to PS2 to USB adapter, but it is a great keyboard.
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  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +235

    My oldest is probably a first gen i7-955 (for $500 some odd dollars!!!) I think the first part I purchased for my current build. That and the motherboard; Asus P6t Deluxe V2
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,421   +809

    I recently mixed and matched components so I could build two desktops from the single workstation I had. With this I'm not 100% sure what's the oldest, but my safest bets is one Dell 27" monitor (2707WFP) and an Enermax 600W PSU that's still way better than anything else I can buy locally.
  7. My whole machine is old but perfect for me (and willing to bet perfect for most anyone)... never have needed to upgrade, its does everything perfect and new isn't any faster for general use.

    e8400, 4 gigs ram, 2 TB drive, gts250 etc... perfect machine for me
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,536   +2,319

    I'll see your E8400 and lower you a P-4 519, (3.06 Ghz single core, single thread) This in an old eMachine T-5026. It boots, surfs the web, and does a great job of running Photoshop Elements 5. Bought it for myself for Valentine's Day, 2005! The oldest part of that rig is the rig itself

    The honest answer to the original question, (in the "mix and match sense), sort of depends on where I happen to be sitting. In this case, it's in front of a G31/ E6300 (Pentium dual core) home built. So the oldest part of this rig, is the raggedy a** keyboard I've borrowed from the eMachine.
  9. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +229

    lol, I remember I still have my nvidia mx440 agp 8x.
  10. Alvaro

    Alvaro TS Rookie Posts: 41   +8

    My case. I'm not even sure when I bought it.
  11. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 363   +59

    I still have my 74GB Raptor in my Thermaltake Tsunami Dream case from my 2005 build, with a 4 year old Core 2 Duo system, a 480GTX, and an SSD and a 640GB drive for data. But nearly everything else from that original build now resides in a newer case and is my wife's main PC. I did replace the GPU and I upgraded the RAM and CPU when it was a few years old, but it still has its DFI socket 939 mobo, OCZ modular power supply, and the original DVD burner.
  12. The case, big enough to fit the latest crappy video-cards (they sell on meter these days you know). There is no reason to replace it, ever!
  13. TechGamer

    TechGamer TS Guru Posts: 370   +40

    To be honest im Still using a p4 3ghz and geforce 6200 im being so hard on myself since I pretty much have to wait for next june until I upgrade to a probable intel i5-3570k and a whole new computer componment setup tho I can say that the oldest part of the pc is the processor :S
  14. CFSG1

    CFSG1 TS Rookie

    My TV-tuner; a PCI pinnacle pctv 110i from 2005
  15. Thermal Take Xaser III case
    Strong and built to last
    Been through the Intel 478 thing
    Now old but new 775 usb3 lol.

    I am keeping this case, as it is able to hold 11 Hard Drives

    Some things just don't change.
  16. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    I still have one of those too, though not actively running in anything.I'd have my audigy II ZS in one of my computers if it were not it being burnt out... My two main computers are 2 years old or newer so nothing in there... AH my laptop, It's a T43p that still runs and I used it once last month. Got it in 2005. =o
  17. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 103   +12

    Two 80Gb seagate hardrives setup as RAID for a bit of speed to store games and unimportant stuff. Will never know when one might die...
  18. Porters

    Porters TS Member

    Same! Mine is from a long gone windows ME system, back from the 90's
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    My GPU: Sapphire HD 5850

    Gonna get a new one in a few weeks time. :D
  20. A 120gb samsung hdd from 2004 and a lg dvd recorder from around 2008
  21. Tehnaz

    Tehnaz TS Rookie

    PC Power & Cooling 750watt psu since 2007.... using it to run my new-ish gaming rig with the xfx 7970

    I payed alot when I got this but its never given me problems **knock on wood**
  22. scumbag

    scumbag TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Exactly the same as me right down to the drivers.
    I also have the front panel which looks very cool :)
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    Seagate Barracuda 200 GB HDD don't remember when I bought it, but it was long time ago.
  24. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Probably the DVD drive, followed by an i7 920 CPU and mobo which are 3 years old. Never really found a good reason to upgrade the CPU.
  25. emmzo

    emmzo TS Booster Posts: 138   +35

    That`ll be my Creative Audigy soundcard. I have had it for seven years now I can`t say I`ll ever need another.

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