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Hey all,

Thanks for the replies. I do agree that yes, ultimately, the best way of getting the most value in tech is going midrange and pushing the equipment via OCing and what not. However, the reason I'm OK with spending a decent amount of money this time around is that I am effectively building the first rig I'm doing this with. I don't have any other spare parts that I can use, and toss together a nice rig for $1000. I don't mind spending the money now as, in effect, I'm laying the foundation for what could be a great machine for years and years if I plan accordingly for upgrades, etc. A great suggestion was put forth by ryboto with the motherboard he mentioned, as it is a good investment for the future. Same with a nice case - I buy a nice one now, I don't have to worry about it again for years and years. That's where I'm at, and why I'm cool with spending more than what might be the best value for right now.

Think of it this way - someone gives you $2250 with the understanding it isn't going in some savings account or the stock market or a friggin' guitar The money HAS to be used to build the best rig you can make with it, for today and ideally, for a few years to come. That's where I'm at. I'm cool with spending it. I've set it aside. I can afford it. I'm not an idiot and am NOT going to shell out 5k for the top end Alienware and what have you, but I'm happy to spend this amount on a system that balances performance and future expandability (and some good overclocking capabilities to boot). I love computers, I want a damn nice one. So, thanks for the stock tips, but let's get back to tech shall we?
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Hey all,

Thanks for the replies. I do agree that yes, ultimately, the best way of getting the most value in tech is going midrange and pushing the equipment via OCing and what not. However, the reason I'm OK with spending a decent amount of money this time around is that I am effectively building the first rig I'm doing this with. I don't have any other spare parts that I can use, and toss together a nice rig for $1000. I don't mind spending the money now as, in effect, I'm laying the foundation for what could be a great machine for years and years if I plan accordingly for upgrades, etc. A great suggestion was put forth by ryboto with the motherboard he mentioned, as it is a good investment for the future. Same with a nice case - I buy a nice one now, I don't have to worry about it again for years and years. That's where I'm at, and why I'm cool with spending more than what might be the best value for right now.

Think of it this way - someone gives you $2250 with the understanding it isn't going in some savings account or the stock market or a friggin' guitar The money HAS to be used to build the best rig you can make with it, for today and ideally, for a few years to come. That's where I'm at. I'm cool with spending it. I've set it aside. I can afford it. I'm not an idiot and am NOT going to shell out 5k for the top end Alienware and what have you, but I'm happy to spend this amount on a system that balances performance and future expandability (and some good overclocking capabilities to boot). I love computers, I want a damn nice one. So, thanks for the stock tips, but let's get back to tech shall we?
A high-end case is one of the few things you should invest in...A case will last at least 5-10 years. Nothing else will.

Also the Dvd-rw should be useable for at least 5 years. But nothing else really lasts that long, especially these days....

I'd rather build a mid-range system and use it for 2 years, than spend a lot on one and then slowly upgrade it. Ram and HD's are the only cost-effective upgrades. CPU's and GPU's are not.
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