> A happier New Year to all.
> So far this year, one crunching computer (Athlon 1200) left home and my Abit KT7
> (Athlon 900) motherboard finally did what all the others did and popped its
> capacitors and so it is retired.
> My Abit KT7a (Athlon 1600+) remains happy since I replaced all the caps years
> ago, but I didn't feel it was worth the effort this time around.
> It's not difficult or expensive just a hassle, last year I ended up replacing
> the power regulator caps on my ASUS A8N-E after a power supply failure that
> fried them, but with the X2 4200+ it was current enough to make it worthwhile.
A few years ago, a friend replaced the caps on the board for the computer I'm using right now - the Athlon XP 1800+. This thing must be now 5-6 years old & still working - probably 3-4 years since the caps were replaced. And it's still easily a good computer for basic usage. Hmm what's basic usage? Internet, crunching, email, crunching, connecting to work, crunching...