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Something I've noticed particularly when looking at much of the builders here on ocn and builds is that most people have put thousands upon thousands of dollars into their rigs, 6 core cpu's, 3 way SLI, large & expensive custom water cooling loops, large, expensive cases that look like super computers.

I obviously appreciate the fact that everyone is entitled to their own hobbies & interests, although I'm beginning to wonder how everyone on here has so much money available to them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not wealthy by any means but I'm well off, I survive & I pay my bills and I earn a little bit that I can save each week ( I'm a uni student ).

I'm sure there are many professionals here at ocn that require this sort of power for editing etc.. but amongst the rest of us gamers, where is the benefit in all this extra money spent? I know that in my current rig, which costed around $1800 I can max out games, in a triple monitor scenario. I mean, console gamers are paying anywhere between $300 - 600 for a console with controllers etc.. but there's many users on here that have payed in excess of $ 5000 and getting only a slight increase in performance to play the same games, the same stuff etc...

Someone tell me how everyone can afford & has the time to do this with their computers!!!
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They're not getting just a slight increase in performance over consoles.

 

Anyway, acquiring that much money for someone who doesn't make much money takes time and patience and a total commitment to saving knowing that one day they will be able to splurge on a huge upgrade like that.

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most people on OCN realize that different computer parts depreciate at different rates. MOST of the parts actually migrate from build to build over time and the cost of the component is amortized over time. for example. if you have a good water loop, you can use it for a very long time and even when the water pump dies, you can simply replace the pump but not the whole rig.

a good case can last you over 10 years if you don't get tired of looking at the same case.

a good PSU can last you anywhere between 5 to 10 years.

a good cpu cooler can last a good 10 years or more (as long as you can find mounting brackets for new sockets)

essentially, rig builders rarely build a machine that does not include parts from their previous build. so the actual cost of a "new" build is mitigated by the quality of components that they select in the 1st place. higher the quality, the more it can migrate from 1 build to the next.
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I do it because I can and I love to play with goodies. It's one of the cheaper hobbies I've had. It all comes down to what you can afford and not looking at it necessarily as buying something to play games or one specific task but because you love tinkering with tech.

I've worked hard and find joy buying things to play with. In all honesty, once I am done with a build I get bored. To me, the build is the best part.

It's all relative though. $3k+ builds might look extreme, but to some that's just a single paycheck or less. I don't see many people complaining about young teenages spending a large chunk of their savings on a $1500 computer.
 
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most of them live on mac and cheese everyday to save for their ultimate rig lol. other ways is max your credit card and wipe out you income tax refund tongue.gif
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I think its because as the logo says most of us are in the pursuit for the maximum performance possible and we have a passion for computers/tech. So we go all out on the things we love. I myself am a college student that works full time and plan on doing the same thing as everyone else not because its a waste of money but because I see the value in the system I plan on putting together. Even if it means extreme budgeting and money control lol, plus the knowledge of computers and all of the things we do with computers is a good thing to put on a resume. Well atleast that''s the way I look at it.
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It's cheaper than my other hobbie, Firearms. I really enjoy tinkering with my computer first of all, and when playing competitively at a high level you want every advantage you can get.
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Because $600 in new components while keeping some older components still makes a top-of-the-line PC, yet I can't afford a hobby like customizing cars or renovating houses. I also skip generations. I don't upgrade until a minimum of 2 years, and I wait a maximum of 4-5 years. It's really not that expensive. My monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, case, printer, PSU, and storage drive will probably last me over 5 years, maybe with 1 item failing. It's really not that expensive. I spend 3x - 6x as much on vacations every year than I do on my PC.

Also, there's millions of other people that spend more money on clothing alone. There's teenage girls that spend $3000 a year on clothing and cosmetics. I admit, I rarely ever go shopping for clothing. I'm trying to point out that each of us has a hobby or a money sink that we find important. We just choose PCs.

In your comparison to console gamers I find they are spending a lot more money on games. Typically they buy games when they first release, full price for $60. Over time they collect about 15-20 games. That's over $1000 in games alone. If you're an xbox fan you're paying for an Xbox Live membership every year. The costs really add up here too. You must also factor in that their eggs are all in one basket. When the console stops working they have to drop another $300-$400 on a new system. If one component breaks in a PC it could cost you only $50 - $150.

Lastly, there's a LOT of free entertainment on a PC. But with a console you're likely forking out another $30-$60 each time you desire variety.
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for myself and i cant speak for others but I have a fantastic paying job and low monthly bills. I have 2 kids, wife, house, cars and pretty much whatever I want and it still does not hurt my money. Its not about I love my gaming rig and I easily spend tons of money per month on my gaming rig, consoles, blurays n more.

 

I dont know what to say here. Maybe you should get a better job if you need more money?

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Something I've noticed particularly when looking at much of the builders here on ocn and builds is that most people have put thousands upon thousands of dollars into their rigs, 6 core cpu's, 3 way SLI, large & expensive custom water cooling loops, large, expensive cases that look like super computers.

I obviously appreciate the fact that everyone is entitled to their own hobbies & interests, although I'm beginning to wonder how everyone on here has so much money available to them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not wealthy by any means but I'm well off, I survive & I pay my bills and I earn a little bit that I can save each week ( I'm a uni student ).

I'm sure there are many professionals here at ocn that require this sort of power for editing etc.. but amongst the rest of us gamers, where is the benefit in all this extra money spent? I know that in my current rig, which costed around $1800 I can max out games, in a triple monitor scenario. I mean, console gamers are paying anywhere between $300 - 600 for a console with controllers etc.. but there's many users on here that have payed in excess of $ 5000 and getting only a slight increase in performance to play the same games, the same stuff etc...

Someone tell me how everyone can afford & has the time to do this with their computers!!!

As I read this I started the shrink further and further under the covers of my bed. biggrin.gif My backup is better than most people's main rig. tongue.gif

But, you're on OCN. You're going to see a lot of flash and glam (Computer related of course) on the site. While this is an enthusiast site, most people here have budget built rigs. Very few of us have the almost unlimited budget to build our computers with. Just the ones that get the most attention are in fact the overkill and extreme builds. Lol. I can't say how some people have the money they do. I'm sure it's either from saving it or from nice high paying jobs or they have good deals and they have the time for it. I don't know. With a wife and kids it become more impractical for an extreme build as money is diverted a lot. But with a large enough income, wise spending habits, and solid savings and investment portfolios it is easy for someone to have an insane build to be the envy of many people.

As for me, I am just a university student too but I happen to come from a well off family (to say the very very least). Without getting into all the details, my money comes from my paycheck I get monthly from being a part of my family LLC. My paycheck covers my day to day expenses as well as my hobbies with money to spare. So for me that's my excuse. Instead of spending it all on booze and girls and clothes and stuff like that, I try and funnel it into computers (and leave some on the side for the booze and girls. biggrin.gif ).
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