Originally Posted by wedge
TH on trying to figure out an unbiased way to calculate value:
WRONG! SO WRONG!
Firstly: The majority of the system does not affect gaming performance even slightly, and thus should not be included in a performance/value calculation
Secondly: Assuming that the rest of the system is the same for everything except cpu/mobo, all they are doing is increasing the total cost used for the calculation. Which thereby creates a bias in favor of the more expensive cpu.
An unbiased value comparison should only include cpu/mobo. Because those two things can be thought of as a single unit (one doesn't work without the other), and it is not a comparison of any other part of the system, only those two things...
Actually, that point is terribly solid. It makes no sense to make a price/performance factoring ONLY the cpu + mobo, when a complete system requires all other parts that are common for both systems. Its stupid to analyse only part of a platform because it creates a bias towards the more weak/cheap system.
Ask yourself this: if you want to buy a computer with the same exact components but intel platform costs $200 more than AMD platform, and Intel platform gives you 25% more performance... you have to analyse the whole cost, not just the price/performance of the cpu + mobo.