anyone can look up item costs. Part of the thrill of online spectating is figuring out the hidden - whether pruposely hidden or not - details not always shown or explained. That thrill works for both sides - the maker and the viewer. But how about the costs of time and labor ?
How come no one asks what that costs ? If the build log provides a part list with a price list, fine. But personally, I don't care and I don't really want to know. I once priced out a build using OCN's rigbuilder, and I nearly had a faint/coronary attack !!
Once you do a build that is costly - $500 and up graphics card - $200 and up psu - $300 and up CPU - case that may cost $400 and up - you have a rough idea of the cost, and that's enough. In my view, itemizing a price list is akin to becoming an accountant - its only numbers.
I'd much rather be thrilled by the build that shows something new, either in placement or in steps of construction, or new techniques. Anything that shows the builder's imagination taking off to somewhere new. Different. Bold. I don't believe that any builder would want to experience his / her build result solely as an exercise in counting beans !
Besides, if this build were to exceed a high 4 number amount, what does that tell us ? What possible correlation can there be between a build's appearance and its cost ?
Must be the same disease that afflicts those people who wanna know if the latest movie hit a $100 million at the box office