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The problem is simple.

Many of the larger corporations in the U.S. and in other places offer crappy computers. Bestbuy, target, walmart, etc etc. Only place you can get a half decent PC is online, from various e-tailers except you have to know what to order and what prices are good.

To be fair, Best Buy does carry a few decent computers. The Alienware 14, dunno which MSI, but with a 970, the XPS 15 and the HP Spectre (not for gaming).

I bought mine on Black Friday, but ended up returning it Jan 7 because it was having issues, so I exchanged it for the one I have now which is performing perfectly. Amazing laptop and they're the only one who had the cool color scheme. lol

They basically gave everyone a month and a half return period... that's pretty freaking awesome.
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If you happened to buy a i7 2600k how many years ago, why would you ever need to upgrade? I'm only doing it now for VR, which is going to be a big factor in PC sales going forward.

In my office every PC is junk, and it runs our office software just fine. It's literally all poop in a box. I had to replace one, and I grabbed a $100 refurb off ebay. Which is another huge factor now, all the used stuff re-circulating like never before. Aftermarket PC sales are much bigger then they ever were, parts or full systems. I'm building my new system, and half of it is used stuff.
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If you happened to buy a i7 2600k how many years ago, why would you ever need to upgrade? I'm only doing it now for VR, which is going to be a big factor in PC sales going forward.

So far, I don't and haven't. If anything I'll upgrade my GPU again some time in the next year, but I don't see needing to upgrade my CPU just yet.

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In my office every PC is junk, and it runs our office software just fine. It's literally all poop in a box. I had to replace one, and I grabbed a $100 refurb off ebay. Which is another huge factor now, all the used stuff re-circulating like never before. Aftermarket PC sales are much bigger then they ever were, parts or full systems. I'm building my new system, and half of it is used stuff.

You can usually get a brand new box from Fry's with their Promo Code deal for $100 also. For most people that would work just fine for everyday use. Only people with specific purposes in mind need more power these days.
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So far, I don't and haven't. If anything I'll upgrade my GPU again some time in the next year, but I don't see needing to upgrade my CPU just yet.
You can usually get a brand new box from Fry's with their Promo Code deal for $100 also. For most people that would work just fine for everyday use. Only people with specific purposes in mind need more power these days.

We run an inventory software called retail pro, and it requires win 7 pro 32 bit, its a pain. So Im basicly forced to go used.

Hardware upgrades are just so incremental right now.
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We run an inventory software called retail pro, and it requires win 7 pro 32 bit, its a pain. So Im basicly forced to go used.

Hardware upgrades are just so incremental right now.

I think it's a nice change for once. My Vista installation after 4+ years never slowed down or felt boggish. And my W7 runs quickly as well. It used to be that over time that applications or games would get so power hungry that it would bog your hardware and OS down. Upgrading from every system I've owned going back to a 386sx 12 or 15, don't really remember... that has always been the case. All the way up to my last XP system. So why upgrade now? If anything all I'll need to upgrade is my 980 GTX to a Ti or to a newer GPU. So, my cpu and memory will hold me back a little... not as badly as a GPU would.
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Pc sales are just flat, yeah they waiver, but someone will service a market with several millions units a years, don't you guys worry, PC's as in desktops are going no where.
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