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post #11 of 40
it's a hobby for a lot of us here, i guess. Just because someone has a system past the $1k mark, doesnt mean they have that sort of money to drop into computer hardware everyday.
Personally, i saved up for mine from work, birthday and christmas money, and bought a few things at time while using some older hardware in the meantime, then sold it off towards some newer stuff.

Compared to PS3/360, an $800 rig gives impressive results in comparison. Of course, your'e also paying for a whole computer you can do more than just gaming on, plus the availability to customize and upgrade whatever and whenever biggrin.gif
   
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Money is definitely a concern to a lot of us, me for instance,my concern is how much can I spend before my wife notices it missing biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 40
I was working at KFC when i built my rig im 17 btw, it has costed me upwards of $6k since i started with my AMD pc.
Its a hobby, that's all it is, when you see that increase in FPS and that stylish look of your PC after you are done, you know you have succeeded.
Building and repairing computers is a life time skill with the rise in technology.
I just plain love it.
post #14 of 40
Cuz it's a helluvalot cheaper than modding cars?

Computers are a much cheaper hobby for me vs cars. I built my own STI Wagon in 2001, cuz I could not import RH drive cars, damn customs. You'd have to cut the car in half to get it on a grate lmao. Anyways, making that STI Wagon was rather expensive. And then there's my trackcar, oh what a money pit that is. Thus now I do computers cuz it's a heck of a lot cheaper.
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I haven't built a system that cost more than 1500 dollars in almost 20 years.

Point of diminishing returns is reached, for much gaming use, at under 1000 USD. Those who spend significantly more for gaming are doing things that are utterly impossible on consoles, or have motivations that go way beyond getting a good value game platform.
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I had to save up for six months to build my pc back at the end of 2009. I had to buy EVERYTHING! Now its pretty easy once every 1-2 years to replace gpus. I already have the speakers, monitor, ram, hdd. So for me it's just upgrades every so often. Next will be the cpu I imagine. It's really not that bad when doing around $500-700 at once, building all new pcsa though is different altogether. I honestly would love to do for a living what the ocn'ers on here do that build around 4 great rigs a year. Although some of the best builders have sponsorships so I imagine that the cost is covered for them.
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i buy second hand parts
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I fund my projects with bodies in the front door, green wafers out the back door!
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It really inst a lot of it's a true hobby, and 2k+ to someone is a lot less in comparison to another person.

I have not gotten to the point yet where I am going to do crazy all out build, doesn't mean I wont, but I prefer spending my money on more than just one thing. Although I have spent a pretty penny in the past 3 months on my computer parts, monitors, peripherals etc, more than I would like to think of but yeah.

I started my computer with a mobo case/psu combo, ssd, and simple pentium chip last august just to get in the door on a computer, and then after November I just started spending, and spending, and spending, first round was a 3570k and watercooler, then gpu and hdd, then mouse and keyboard, then my three monitors. And a ton of fluff in between that.
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I think PC gaming enthusiasts see that in the long run, a strong gaming PC doesn't really cost much more than buying an entire console unit every few years. In three years, your three year old PC hardware is worth much more than your three year old console. You can pretty easily get a few hundred bucks for your video card and spend very little out of pocket to upgrade to the latest model video card. You also pretty much have to trash all your console games each generation since we're not getting much backwards compatibility lately, which isn't a problem on PC gaming. It doesn't take $2,000 to have an amazing gaming PC. Right now I'd say about $700 is perfect for 1080p gaming, which really isn't much more than a new console unit. Even a minimum wage worker in high school can pretty easily afford $700, assuming they live with mom and dad and aren't obligated to chip in at home.
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