I have a PC bought in 2001, running fine
I have a PC I bought in 2001. It has an Intel motherboard, Pentium 5, 1.5 GB memory, running Windows XP. I had one HD failure, but except for that - no problems. I added a 500 GB WD Blue Caviar SATA disk, using a Promise PCI controller.
In fact, performance is still fine. I am using it mainly for surfing, but sometimes I open about 10 Firefox/IE 7 windows simultaneously, plus UTorrent running in the background, plus operating a scanner, no problems.
Running movies/ WMP: no problems (NVidia GEForce 5200 video card - a modest card running fine).
I did have another computer (mobo was Asus or Award) that did fail.