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I am not trying to trivialize your post, and I understand the frustration, but isn't this sort of like going on a car forum and asking how someone can afford x car? It's just an (unfortunate) consequence of economic stratification. Look at the average consumer debt level in the united states, or our trade deficit or what percentage of walmart's revenues are the importation of goods, and you start to get an idea of the scale of consumption in the US, and what percentage of an average american's paycheck is spent on non-essential goods.
/rant, and I tried to steer clear of any type of personal opinion in all that, but there it is. As the people let it be known that they will buy, an industrious man comes along and takes their money - it's timeless.
Good luck getting sponsored though - there are plenty of people who do that around here. Start to look into benchmarking, I suppose, or writing deeper reviews on hardware than people do currently. The community respects those things, and any hardware manufacturer who wants to advertise to that demographic will come running.

He's right. In short, It's a luxury item and you sure as hell don't need it to maximize skyrim.
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Also in college here, making less than you (Grrr... mad.gif). I just work as much as I can doing whatever work I can get. I take online classes so that let's me work during the day and make money doing other stuff (mowing lawns, freelance fixing, resell, anything that will net me few bucks, etc.) I save for every part that I buy and I've been doing that for years. It really isn't that hard to just save money for something. Any more top end hardware isn't really needed for most people, decent mid range graphics cards will max or come close on 1080p. Also sales are your friends, I can't remember the last thing I didn't buy on sale. biggrin.gif

Granted most of my disposable income gets dumped into the computer or my truck. thumb.gif
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$12 an hour? it's going to be hard to make enough for the gtx 690. you'll need to work at least 3 weeks at 40 hours to think about it.

you need to maximize your earnings potential? go sell entertainments books door to door. i'm sureyou could make more than $12 an hour.
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at the same time who would put a 690 in with a i3 2100?

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Lol my first computer was a very old laptop, a 1.4 ghz cpu and 256mb ram. It got me through HS but the only game I could run on it was wow on low @ 1024x768 xD

As I said I put 10 months of earning into a fund (treating it as savings) and put 2 months worth into my checking. I need to pay for food and transportation (train) with that amount but I usually have like $1k left over, and this time I spent it on a good upgrade for my PC smile.gif

Are there any offers from manufacturers for students like microsoft has for students with lower prices for them on windows products?

edit: i got a i7 3700k!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =) i am super excited because i want to join the 1ghz club on ocn biggrin.gif

i am giving my i3 2100 pc to my dad (he got himself a 5450 and a 450w psu so he can use my old rig biggrin.gif). he's gonna use it for his work
    
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DOnate various bodily fluids many times over, or create a bogus hedge fund, and you will have the cash in no time.
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Selling your blood/plasma is a way to make easy cash. Anyone can afford the highest-end hardware if they save up over enough time.
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Get a better job
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I do online advertising through various affiliates, which allows me to support my family as well as spend alot on my main hobby, which is PC gaming and tech in general. It also helps being an I.T. admin and PC tech.


Also, high end tech really isn't THAT expensive these days. I mean yes, I do own 4 680s and 3 7970s atm as well as 2 Beastly Sandy Bridge gaming rigs amongst others such as laptops and older quad core rigs, but you can pretty much build a monster Sandy Bridge 2500k rig with a 7870 and play damn near everything on the market right now with ease for under $750 if you know where to look for your parts, and don't mind buying things open box or used.
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Basically, either people are smart with the money they make and the money they spend, or they don't have to be smart with it. You'd be surprised how many things you can do without or significantly cut down on if you know how to. For example, I normally eat well for less than $5 dollars a day except for the times I go out to eat (normally less than once a week).
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