The Aging PC – How Old is Your PC?

When a PC Matic customer scans their computer for the first time, we ask them in what year they bought their computer. Our analysis shows that folks are not replacing their aging PC as in years past.

This chart shows the age range of computers from 2008 to 2016.


The data shows that in 2008 only 33% of PCs were 3 years or older. In 2016, the percentage of 3 years or older PCs has increased to 56%.

Looking at the same data for the average age of home vs. business PCs, both home and business used computers showed a general increase in average age during 2008 – 2013. Since then, however, the average business PC age has somewhat flatten out while the home PC users continue to hold on to their aging systems.


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18 thoughts on “The Aging PC – How Old is Your PC?”

  1. None of your buisness

    Mine’s almost 4 years old. The parts are from 2013 and 2014. It was a high end gaming pc back then. Even still it runs the newest games at nearly maxed out just fine. Might upgrade the mobo, ram and cpu when it turns 5 years old.
    Never had a problem with it.

  2. Mine is a 2008 Dell Vostro desktop. Since then I have added two 1 TB drives (to do a clone) and maxed out memory at 4 GB and replaced a CPU fan. It works FINE, no reason to replace. Started with XP then 7 then 10. Only thing that I can’t use anymore is my old Print Server and my 2nd NIC card which ran on 7 but not on 10. This machine may last me another 2-3 years at minimum or until the MB decides to die. Very happy with this machine.

  3. My last computer lasted me 12 years, sure I updated the video card, and tossed in more memory & added hard drive space, but what the heck it worked fine. I recently replaced it with a new i-7 beast with 16 gig of ram and a killer 4gb video card, ssd drives & blue ray with a sound blaster z card. Yet the darn thing cost me half the price of the previous computer, and I plan on keeping just as long as my old one maybe longer!

  4. I used to be on the upgrade treadmill. Once I went quad core, I never thought about it again. the current CPU hasn’t changed since 2009. I got adequate performance under XP, W7 and now under 10. It Just Works. 8 GB RAM and a 2GB video card (circa 2011) pretty much do what I need and want it to do. No reason to get a new one.

  5. I got my PC with Win98 on it. So how many years ago? Since, I have upgraded to XP professional. which is still in it. Sure, I finally heard the harddrive go clatter and changed that. Still, that was after 15 years. My web cam is connected to it and so is my printer/scanner, All configured and works just fine. Hours of daily use…browsing the web or research.
    . It is a piece of office equipment for gosh sakes. If I want to watch TV then I go to a TV in another room near the fridge. But most times I go to work and earn money…for food, pay bills and such.

  6. My main desktop celebrated it’s 10th anniversary last month. It’s a home built and has been through three video cards and about 4 different cases. It started with XP but with Windows 2000 as a dual boot. Then upgraded to Vista, then Windows 7 and is now running Windows 10.

    The Gigabyte MB, Intel E6750 processor a 4GB of the 8GB ram are still original. Why buy new when you can update and keep it current? My other desktop, also a home built is now 5 years old but a good deal faster. My third one is one month old, again a home built and is slated to replace the 10 year old one.

  7. Totally agree with those who won’t throw out a working computer until it’s irretrievably dead. I’m typing this on a 2005 IBM ThinkPad T43 running Win7. It wasn’t supposed to be compatible with Win7. It works very nicely, thank you. I do run PC Matic on it to keep it clean.

  8. Why would anybody want to fix something when it isn’t broken??? Now, I bought the PC I am using, as a used PC for a business. The tower weighs in about 34-35 pounds. Yes, there are some blemishes but I don’t care. When I built my own, eventually there were blemishes.

    This PC came with Win 7 PRO 64 Bit. I have since upgraded to Win 10 PRO and everything is working fine! So again, I ask the question – If, it ain’t broke – Why fix it???

  9. My 11-year-old HP Pavilion desktop which has been in daily use for all that time, had a second hard-drive fitted many years ago in order to dual-boot with Ubuntu Linux. It has been given a new lease of life by upgrading to Ubuntu Mate 16.04.1 and prints and scans to my new printer using HPLIPS (HP Linux Imaging and Printing System).

  10. I don’t know how old my computers (2 homebuilt) and the other from a store are. The years keep slipping away. I am capable of building and repairing… and diagnosing problems. I rolled back two of them to windows 7.

  11. I don’t buy from the store, I build. I do own a store-bought computer passed on to me that needed a new power supply, power button and a new graphics card to free up memory on the motherboard. It is more practical to build a computer and more fun.

  12. Why should I replace a good computer? It was fairly powerful when it was put together for me in 2012, core i5, 8GB, Win7 X64, 1.5 TB drive. I’ve added a second monitor, upgraded software as needed, and my needs haven’t changed very much. It does what I want as well as it ever did. I’m staying with W7 as long as I can. So why would I buy a new one?

  13. I bought my PC in 2010 and has worked fine since with one hic-cough, Windows 10, but once I went back to Windows 7 all is right in the world.

  14. My own pc is around 4 years old, bought as a bare-bones core i3 box, complete with Win7 pro disc and fitted with 4GB of RAM. Still runs as well as the day I first turned it on. Why would I want to replace it when it does all I require? The only improvements that I’d like are maybe a better graphics card and more RAM, but that would only be for playing games.

  15. With me, it is not that I do not want to “buy” a new computer. It’s just the fact I do not want a brand name piece of junk. I build my computer just upgrading parts over the years. Eventually, when needed, I will just replace the motherboard, processor, and system memory. Most of my current hardware is about 2-3 years old but is still more powerful than a computer you would get off the shelf at Walmart.

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