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Which PC component is most likely to fail?

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So I was just wondering...

 

Let's say you just build a completely new PC with "premium" stuiff such as gold+ PSU, good third party GPU etc.

 

Now if you do not abuse your PC in some extreme way, which component usually has the least average life span? You're free to include properly cooled OC'd cpu/gpu lifespan as well.

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You can't answer this question. It depends on a variety of factors.

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A fan. That is the part I see replaced the most often. That is including case fans, GPU fans, CPU cooler fans, PSU fans, etc.

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In order:

  1. Anything that routinely experiences thermal cycling (this causes mechanical stress)
  2. Anything with electrolytic caps  (These dry out over time, and it may not be very long over time)
  3. Anything that has moving parts (Mechanical wear)
  4. Anything electrical component that remains hot for extended periods of time (The life span of electrical components drastically reduces with rising temperature)
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With proper maintenance, a computer can last many many years. Longer than typical useful lifetime. It is more likely to become obsolete than wear out.

 

But to play along...the most likely components to actually wear out will be the mechanical ones like hard drives and fans. The other would be solid state storage (SSD) since they will have a finite number of write cycles.

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