Originally Posted by Hazza54
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.
My backup is better than most people's main rig.
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.