First post, by gerry
I was reading about CPUs life expectancy being around 20 years due to tiny but cumulative use-wear stresses.
I hadn't really though about that - I've never known a CPU to be the failing component. It's usually hard discs, PSUs and even motherboards (though I've known surprisingly few failures even in these components)
Things like not overheating, keeping things dry etc help longevity but if we ourselves last long enough we will see higher and higher level of component failure in our retro systems
I wont be buying replacement retro hardware, if it fails its gone. I have enough spare, and use retro systems relatively sparingly, that if one fails I'd let it go
Some people like to hold duplicates or triplicates of key components and I think that's fine.
I'm increasingly impressed by PC emulation though, and can imagine years from now being able to get all retro feels from this, supplemented by a small number of surviving systems
Just interested in you thoughts on this