My Windows desktop has just now reached its 5 year point and if I can manage it, I'd like to get 5 years more out of. It won't be the same machine after 10 years though. Heck, it isn't after 5 years of service.
When I got it in 2012 I was seriously thinking about building my own desktop but the Acer Veriton M I found at my local computer store was a great deal. It had a solid and attractive case, an i5 Sandy Bridge processor, 4 GB of RAM and a very well designed and commercial grade motherboard. Those parts continue to serve me well.
Not all was perfect though. The integrated graphics were weak even by Intel standards and the power supply was wimpy. The mobo had a PCI-e 16 slot so after changing the power supply I was able to get a discrete card into the unit. I boosted the memory up to 16 GB over the years. I've added an SSD. The mobo supports SATA 3 so it runs well.
Of course I miss out on such modern technologies as USB 3 and NVME and DDR4 but I can get by. I've gone from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and that was no problem for the hardware to handle. I have one monitor and don't intend to go beyond 1080p so a low-midrange video card will be fine. My "games" are train sims that are DX10 and don't need a lot of GPU power to look good at 1080p.
So my only concern is keeping the CPU and mobo functioning well which I hope to do by cleaning and decent cooling.
If I had Linux on this box I wouldn't be worried at all but with Windows you never know how much more crap you'll have to run to be safe. Fortunately this Acer didn't have a lot of crapware being a commercial machine. I keep it that way.
Right now with all the upgrades (just changed the power supply again) the Acer is still a fine machine for everyday use - even with Windows. I hope I can Keep On Keepin' On foe a few years more.
Edited by raymac46, 12 June 2017 - 08:12 AM.