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First post, by Jo22

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Hi everyone,
Hope you're alright.

Here's an interesting video that I found recently.
It's about Star Trek, but perhaps applies to other cases, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rx0Y6IjBac

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus

This is about personality and the philosophical dilemma about upgrading parts without loosing said personality.

At which point has something fundamentally changed?
In case of an old ship, we might agree the keel is the fundamental part.
But what about other things? PCs, for example?
If all aged parts are replaced over time, is it still the same thing?
And if so, what if we use all the aged parts and reconstruct the thing? Two originals ("Riker:2=?")?

If you like, feel free to share your ideas, opinions! 😄

Best regards,
Jo22

"Time, it seems, doesn't flow. For some it's fast, for some it's slow.
In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 1 of 6, by Namrok

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My gut reaction is that the motherboard is the most essential part of the build. Replace that, and you essentially are starting over with another computer entirely. It's the lynchpin of whatever capabilities you can bring out of all the other hardware you attach to it. To say nothing of how if you replace the motherboard, you just about have to take the entire thing completely apart, minus drives and PSU.

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Reply 2 of 6, by Errius

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Yes, the motherboard. I name all my computers, and when the motherboard changes, the name changes.

For systems with multiple boards (i.e. certain servers), then the system board is the key component. (i.e. where the CPU(s) and memory connect.)

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Reply 5 of 6, by Jo22

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^Lol. Thanks guys, you made my day. 🤣

"Time, it seems, doesn't flow. For some it's fast, for some it's slow.
In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

//My video channel//

Reply 6 of 6, by Errius

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I encountered a similar issue selling my old Lego sets. Trouble is, a long time ago I threw away the original boxes and put all the pieces into one big box. Splitting the sets apart in order to sell them separately raised the problem: can I honestly do this if I no longer know exactly which pieces came with each set?

“I like to dissect PCs. Don't you know I'm utterly insane?"