Originally Posted by JTHMfreak
Yes it may be cheaper in the US, but we also have lower wages as well.
Only really relevant if I was making an Aussie wage in the US. Seeing as the cost of living here is MUCH higher. Just look at housing. Median house price in the city I live is $1.65m, and that's not for some glorious mansion overlooking some beautiful scenery. That's just for a standard 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house that in the US would be less than half the price.
So everything is relative. Give me Aussie money living in the US, yep I'd be making a killing. Give me Aussie wages in Australia, I'm making a pretty standard wage. The fact that housing prices here have increased over 150% since 1975 but wages have only increase about 100% is proof that the cost of living in this country is exorbitant. In fact in the US housing prices have actually dropped in 1975 iirc. So again, its all relative to where I am situated. Just because by US standard I make a pretty decent wage ($18.80 an hour) for an unskilled job (currently studying) doesn't mean by Aussie standards I do.
In saying that though, wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world. Backpacked all throughout Europe and I couldn't handle living in a tiny apartment, in a tiny country with 30 million other people. I love the space and quality of life I have here. I just wish the governments would do something and make more housing available so that prices come down so that I may actually have a chance of owning my own house one day. Which at this stage, is looking pretty unlikely.
But that said and done, computers are a hobby of mine, as are cars, and I will always put money aside to ensure that I can enjoy my hobbies. Which is what I will need to do if I plan on picking up a GTX780, they're never going to come cheap.