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How Long Does A Gaming PC Last?

Gaming PCs are one of the best investments a gamer could make. They open the door to a brand new world of games, graphics, and hardware.

With that being said, they’re also quite the commitment of time and finances. If you’re willing to make these commitments, then it’s only fair to know how long your new gaming PC will last.

How Long Does A Gaming PC Last?

With the proper care, a gaming PC can last forever if you’re willing to continually update the hardware and parts. Without changing or updating any parts, a gaming PC will last around 10 years before you start to see performance degrades.

After 10 years, it is likely that new games will have a higher demand for graphics, which will make it harder for your old hardware to run them, but that can be fixed with a simple upgrade.

The great thing about gaming PCs is that your hardware will almost always be able to run the games you purchased it for. Your only worry will be whether it can run brand new games at max settings in a decade from when you bought it.

Keep in mind that dust is the killer of PCs and PC hardware. So if you want to keep your gaming PC for the long run, then you should invest in some compressed air and clean your PC monthly.

How Often Should You Replace Your Gaming PC?

You should replace your gaming PC after 5 years. This timeline ensures that all of its parts can be substantially upgraded and that you’ll be getting something much better than your current build.

Gaming PCs rarely need to be fully replaced, however. Instead, they should be upgraded once every three years. Different PC parts are going to be state-of-the-art longer than others.

If you want to ensure your new PC’s longevity then it’s best to splurge on every component, especially the Motherboard. This will guarantee your PC will be able to play brand new games at max settings for a long time to come.

After around three years, you may notice some new games won’t run as well but you will still be able to run them at medium to high settings.

After five years, however, it’s very likely that you’ll need to use low settings for a lot of newer games, and that’s when you should consider upgrading/replacement. If all of your parts are five years old, upgrading a single part will likely result in a bottleneck, so it’s better to replace the entire build at that point.

Do Gaming PCs Last Longer Than Consoles?

Gaming PCs last a lot longer than consoles. A console’s components will usually last around six or seven years before they start to die. On top of this, new consoles come out every seven years and support for existing consoles goes away. PC games are not made for specific PC types, so a PC’s lifecycle is indefinite.

The reason players gravitate towards PCs so much is that an old PC can be upgraded, whereas old consoles cannot. An Xbox 360 will never run a Series X game, but a 10-year-old PC can run a brand new game if you swap out a couple of parts.

Most PC games also allow the player to change graphics settings, allowing even low-end builds to play them, which extends the lifetime of a PC even longer.

How Long Does RAM Last?

RAM lasts well over 10 years. If you want to keep up on performance, you should replace your RAM once every five years.

Gamers don’t replace their RAM because it dies and stops working, they replace it because of technological progression that makes much better RAM more affordable.

Most games have recommended hardware settings, and if you notice that an increasing number of games are recommending more GBs of RAM than what you have, it’s time to upgrade.

RAM failure is rare, but when it happens, the most common cause is improperly installed RAM. If your RAM is installed properly, and you’re not using it to run a server or passing extremely high voltages through it then it’s much more likely to become obsolete before it actually fails.

How Long Do Graphics Cards Last?

Graphics Cards last about 3 years before something much better hits the market. They last about 5 years before they stop being able to run brand new games at high settings. Graphics Cards will last about 10 years before they start dying.

Graphics Cards are the most commonly replaced components of a gaming PC because new models become exponentially better almost yearly.

How often you replace your Graphics Card will depend entirely on what games you play. If you enjoy playing older games or games like League of Legends and Fortnite, which were built to be accessible, then your 10-year-old Graphics Card will be fine.

If you want to play the newest AAA game, then you’ll probably need something from the last 3 – 5 years to do so, even on lower graphics.

Can A Gaming PC Last 10 Years?

A Gaming PC can easily last 10 years, especially with upgrades. If you are not upgrading your PC, then it will not be able to run new AAA games after 10 years, but it will be able to run older and less graphically demanding games. Clean your PC with compressed air every month to increase its lifespan.

The nice thing about gaming PCs is that the parts are interchangeable. With consoles, it’s generally not possible to upgrade your console’s components if they slow down or become obsolete.

Meanwhile, a PC’s components can be upgraded one-by-one as new parts hit the market or as your budget allows. This allows your PC to last a lot longer, since you can maintain it over the course of a decade without having to scrap it.

What To Do With An Old Gaming PC?

Old gaming PCs may be sold on sites like eBay or Craigslist, but make sure you wipe or remove the Hardrives first so you do not give away your personal information. If you have a friend in need, you can donate the PC. Saving the old PC as a backup is also a fantastic option.

Depending on your PC’s hardware, you may be able to get a pretty penny for it. You could also opt for selling each part individually if some do not work or are far older than others. There are plenty of gamers out there looking to dip their toes into PC gaming, so selling or giving away your old rig will always be a great option.

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