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Does anyone else get a sense of regret when new benchmarks come out for newer components? I love my system and I think I did a pretty good job assembling it but it saddens me when I read articles about Intel vs. AMD, read vs. green, model vs. model, etc. Granted, those who seek to fulfill their desires should know that as soon as a component is released, it loses it's value and is soon replaced with something better in almost a blink of an eye.

Price obviously has a lot to do with one's choice in parts but I feel like there isn't that much gain when upgrading to something that is $50.00 more. It's more realistic to expect a huge performance boost when there is $100.00+ price difference between two components (am I just cynical/wrong?).

My system does everything I want it to do (I think) but I still waste time obsessing over what I could have bought or how much better my system could perform. It runs current games on high to ultra but I still find myself wishing I could turn on that extra little feature that makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

Tell Spike he's loved and that he matters. tongue.gif

I didn't really know where to post a thread like this, so I posted it in forum based on my CPU.
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This is a psychological problem and the first step to overcoming it is to identify it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buyer%27s_remorse

The best advice I can give you is to ask yourself whether the computer does what you want it to do. Does it play your games at an acceptable framerate at an acceptable setting? Is it snappy to use? Does it meet your desires on noise level or outward appearance? If it does, then it doesn't really matter that something else does it better, does it? Asking yourself and answering is positive reinforcement.
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This is a psychological problem and the first step to overcoming it is to identify it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buyer%27s_remorse
The best advice I can give you is to ask yourself whether the computer does what you want it to do. Does it play your games at an acceptable framerate at an acceptable setting? Is it snappy to use? Does it meet your desires on noise level or outward appearance? If it does, then it doesn't really matter that something else does it better, does it? Asking yourself and answering is positive reinforcement.

Now can you help me with my envy ?


OP that's a nice setup. If Mrs Clause hits the lotto my next rig will be very similar.
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This is a psychological problem and the first step to overcoming it is to identify it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buyer%27s_remorse
The best advice I can give you is to ask yourself whether the computer does what you want it to do. Does it play your games at an acceptable framerate at an acceptable setting? Is it snappy to use? Does it meet your desires on noise level or outward appearance? If it does, then it doesn't really matter that something else does it better, does it? Asking yourself and answering is positive reinforcement.

Did you really take this post as a psychological cry for help? I fear you do not fully identify with the crowd that inhabits this website. No offense. This thread was intended to promote being appreciative of what you have as well as considering other options within reason. I could have worded it a little better but I think I got my point across. tongue.gif
Edited by Joeful - 11/29/11 at 11:08pm
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Now can you help me with my envy ?
OP that's a nice setup. If Mrs Clause hits the lotto my next rig will be very similar.

This one understands and identifies with OCN users.
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Does anyone else get a sense of regret when new benchmarks come out for newer components? I love my system and I think I did a pretty good job assembling it but it saddens me when I read articles about Intel vs. AMD, read vs. green, model vs. model, etc. Granted, those who seek to fulfill their desires should know that as soon as a component is released, it loses it's value and is soon replaced with something better in almost a blink of an eye.
Price obviously has a lot to do with one's choice in parts but I feel like there isn't that much gain when upgrading to something that is $50.00 more. It's more realistic to expect a huge performance boost when there is $100.00+ price difference between two components (am I just cynical/wrong?).
My system does everything I want it to do (I think) but I still waste time obsessing over what I could have bought or how much better my system could perform. It runs current games on high to ultra but I still find myself wishing I could turn on that extra little feature that makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Tell Spike he's loved and that he matters. tongue.gif
I didn't really know where to post a thread like this, so I posted it in forum based on my CPU.

I can actually say no on this. Upon entering this forum, the best solid advice I was given was to purchase what I need now instead of waiting for the next best thing (as something new and better would always be around the corner). I've adopted that mentality in regards to how I feel about seeing upcoming new technology. While it's awesome to see everything progress, what I bought at the time I bought it did everything I wanted it to and more and will also continue to do so for at least a couple more years.
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I'm the same.

I've been getting over it by playing the games I built the rig to play.
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Another thing is that the drive to buy the latest and greatest will fade with time. I went from an i7 with a two 6870s to a 3 year old laptop with a Core2Duo when I realized that I was going to be traveling a lot and I didn't play games anyway. There comes a moment when you realize what you really need and you gain the ability to equate it with what you have or what you know you need rather than on marketing or peer pressure (both direct and indirect).
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I can actually say no on this. Upon entering this forum, the best solid advice I was given was to purchase what I need now instead of waiting for the next best thing (as something new and better would always be around the corner). I've adopted that mentality in regards to how I feel about seeing upcoming new technology. While it's awesome to see everything progress, what I bought at the time I bought it did everything I wanted it to and more and will also continue to do so for at least a couple more years.

This is a very good way of looking at it. It's also nice to know (if you're like me) that you've future proofed your system to an extent that you'll easily be able to swap in and out components as needed. thumb.gif
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This is a very good way of looking at it. It's also nice to know (if you're like me) that you've future proofed your system to an extent that you'll easily be able to swap in and out components as needed. thumb.gif

Haha yeah, when I build a system, I like it to at least last a couple of years. Two minimum. 500-1800 dollars per two years really doesn't seem that bad in the big picture. I probably spend way more than that just on food ;_; Now that I think about it, I have more remorse about the amount of money I spend on food than I do about my computer -_-
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