Originally Posted by reev3r
It seems that the general consensus is in line with what I have found myself. Personally, I can not justify spending extra on something that will not show me gains, that being said, I understand the people that do. As well, I am sure that most of you that are able to spend $500 on a declining platform have the funds to spend on the best other hardware as well, whereas, being on disability prevents me from getting the best hardware there is. I feel that I have done fairly with what I have though, 2x670ftw cards in SLI, 32GB of RAM, R4BE, 4820K (interim CPU), 2X27" IPS panels, Logitech G25/710+, Harman Kardon AVR 2650, 2x250GB Samsung 840 Evo's in RAID0, R.A.T. 7, along with other goodies, and a good server, plus around 25TB of storage, I really can't complain...
Thank you to everyone that kept this discussion civil, and didn't go ape**** whiny pants because of a disagreement. :-)
Once you hit the top-end hardware, re-sale value is usually pretty high, meaning that for a small re-investment, you can keep your system current for very little cost, if you play the market well. Before I was doing reviews, that's what I did to fund my LN2 OC adventures for many years. This current rig I have started with a 3960X, 16 GB of 2133 MHz ram, a P9X79 Deluxe, and triple HD6950s. I sold the 6950's to miners, got 7950's, the moved up to 7970s, and also tried dual GTX670s for a little bit. MSI has been very good to me, providing me with some great VGAs to use in my test systems, which allowed me to save the cash for this GTX780 Ti SLi purchase. It basically took me a year of doing reviews to afford them. Corsair and G.Skill keep me outfitted with ram for board testing, while the other brands give me review samples.
And yeah, the guys and gals here are pretty decent folk.
So if relating my experience playing with this hardware helps... it's the least I can do. I personally feel pretty fortunate that companies like ASUS send me hardware, and often early like the ES board I have now, so when stuff like that happens, I do my best to return the favor in forums, since I MSUT remain impartial in reviews. I don't pull any punches in my reviews... I state in my memory reviews that the tests I use were specifically chosen because they show differences, and not all apps will. And when ASUS or MSI or anyone else does something that I don't approve of (like boost Turbo profiling), I point that out, too.
I think my overall attitude here is common to pretty much all the folks posting here. Everyone just appreciates the hardware for what it is, and there is very little fanboys anymore just in general.