Originally Posted by epic1337
thats too broad, that would include entry/budget builders that aren't exactly aiming for poor quality parts.
what you're relating to is simply "custom builders" in the most general category.
then you can further split them off by parts tier their often aim for, and how often they upgrade.
rather, "enthusiast" in a sense should be related to GPU/CPU hierarchy.
entry = GTX750 / i3 2core-4thread
mid-tier = GTX950~GTX960 / i5 4core-4thread
high-tier = GTX970~GTX980 / i7 4core-8thread
enthusiast = GTX980Ti~Titan / LGA2011
so in this case, enthusiasts would often target GTX980Ti tier GPUs, and LGA2011 tier platforms.
but that doesn't mean enthusiasts won't extend down, rather you'd look at their spending habits.
e.g. an enthusiast can aim for an i7 4core-8thread and pair it with GTX980Ti then do a custom loop in an SFF build.
which means to say an enthusiast can be considered by how much they're willing to pay for their rig or rigs.
entry builders should be <$1000
mid-tier builders should be $1000~$1500
high-end builders should be $1500~$2000
enthusiast builders should be $2000+
that is not true, the margin intel gains for the desktop consumer market is minimal, compared to the +$1000~+$3000 per chip margin they gain on E5 and E7 xeons.
plus, the K SKUs they have on desktops are the extreme minority, they get more bins for the locked chips and E3 xeon chips.
e.g. theres only i7-4790K
on the Haswell i7-K SKUs or unlocked 4core-8thread SKUs in general.
but theres i7-4790, i7-4790S, i7-4790T, i7-4785T, i7-4771, i7-4770, i7-4770S, i7-4770T, i7-4770TE, i7-4765T, E3-1230 v3, E3-1230L v3, E3-1231 v3, E3-1240 v3, E3-1240L v3, E3-1241 v3, E3-1245 v3
so what if both i7-4790K
have 50% more margin than the rest of the chip? its like 5% of Intel's full line-up, what they earn from the K SKUs are a drop in the bucket.