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Nothing's "good enough" anymore.
  • I bought a $300 800D for watercooling
  • $~380 custom loop
  • Bought a $350 monitor because the "old" 22" Samsung LCD only had a max res of 1680x1050

And now I'm constantly thinking about getting a new video card, like almost everyday, mainly so I can see how smooth Crysis will look on my new "HD" monitor, or run 3dmark 2011, and or play other games at the "smoothest" levels (any in-game lag is now "unacceptable").

I'm even thinking about getting a GTX 595 if it comes out in the next 2 months AND Nvidia's Kepler when it comes out later this year.

LOL, and my rig's not even that good. Other people have dual Xeon cpus, 4 SSDs in RAID, and have 3 580s in SLI.

All this upgrading I'm doing, or considering on doing is such a waste of money.

Is anyone else concerned about their constant upgrades?
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post #2 of 21
Well since it's not good enough u can send it all to me.... lol... Or set it ip to fold under my name.. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Strider_2001;12073494 
Well since it's not good enough u can send it all to me.... lol... Or set it ip to fold under my name.. smile.gif

lol, you know what I mean tongue.gif







I know this is OCN and it's a "hobby" like anything else, but anyone think we're all a bunch of nerds who could be spending that money elsewhere? biggrin.gif

lol
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post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by i7monkey;12073449 
Nothing's "good enough" anymore.
  • I bought a $300 800D for watercooling
  • $~380 custom loop
  • Bought a $350 monitor because the "old" 22" Samsung LCD only had a max res of 1680x1050

And now I'm constantly thinking about getting a new video card, like almost everyday, mainly so I can see how smooth Crysis will look on my new "HD" monitor, or run 3dmark 2011, and or play other games at the "smoothest" levels (any in-game lag is now "unacceptable").

I'm even thinking about getting a GTX 595 if it comes out in the next 2 months AND Nvidia's Kepler when it comes out later this year.

LOL, and my rig's not even that good. Other people have dual Xeon cpus, 4 SSDs in RAID, and have 3 580s in SLI.

All this upgrading I'm doing, or considering on doing is such a waste of money.

Is anyone else concerned about their constant upgrades?

Welcome to the club called OCN. biggrin.gif

I was there for a while... Made some REALLY dumbass decisions... sold my old GTX 470 for something, I don't even remember now. Just make sure you don't ever downgrade. You'll immediately regret it all. I did... T-T

I'd seriously upgrade the GPU of yours next though. biggrin.gif A GTX 580 should do nicely. ^^
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I know this is OCN and it's a "hobby" like anything else, but anyone think we're all a bunch of nerds who could be spending that money elsewhere?

No.
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post #6 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by i7monkey;12073551 
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I know this is OCN and it's a "hobby" like anything else, but anyone think we're all a bunch of nerds who could be spending that money elsewhere? biggrin.gif

No, I really don't. Everyone needs a hobby. Hobbies often require money. For example someone who is interested in making airplane models or car models will easily spend $30-$50 per week on getting modelling kits just to fund their hobby. This is easily a high end computer every year. Another example is people who love cars (I obviously don't need to explain why this can grow to be expensive).

I doubt those people regret spending their money on those things, I don't know why there are so many computer building enthusiast that have this sense of guilt when spending money on their hobby. If it brings you enjoyment, what better way to spend your money?
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all hobbies require money.. I have 3 hobbies including computer, mountain biking and cars. they are all money pit.
OH and Girlfriend is a big money pit, it's like a blackhole sucking money out of your wallet
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I know what you mean. A year and a half ago, I was perfectly happy with a 3 GHz P4 and crappy Intel graphics... Now I'm drooling over those fancy Phenoms. Unfortunately, I don't have a stable source of income, so I don't get to upgrade very often. :\

Ah well. The stuff is fun, eh?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Airolden;12073847 
I don't know why there are so many computer building enthusiast that have this sense of guilt when spending money on their hobby. If it brings you enjoyment, what better way to spend your money?

Hear hear. I just bought a GTX 580, upgraded from a 4870 -- and that's the first computer-related purchase I've made in over two years. I agonized over it for weeks. When I pulled the trigger, it was too late in the day and NewEgg wouldn't be shipping it until the next day, so I spent all night considering canceling the order while I could.

In the end, I realized that I've got money in the bank, meeting monthly student loan payments, etc etc, and like Airolden said, this is what I enjoy doing, so why not enjoy it? For whatever reason, I grew up fearful of spending money. It's not the worst habit to have, but it takes the fun out of every purchase.
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I don't know why there are so many computer building enthusiast that have this sense of guilt when spending money on their hobby. If it brings you enjoyment, what better way to spend your money?

Maybe there's more guilt because we're poorer than car enthusiasts, otherwise we would have chosen a more expensive hobby? biggrin.gif

Wait a second, that doesn't make sense. A lot of us are engineers or computer programmers nerds, so money shouldn't be an issue tongue.gif

No seriously, maybe there's "Enthusiast Guilt" because we might think it's more unnecessary than other, more beneficial hobbies, like sports?

If you think about it computer enthusiasts more often than not waste their days tweaking, overclocking, and benching their machines more than they actually use it. There's nothing wrong with it, but that might be why there's guilt for some people. We throw away our money for a stuff that gives us a better looking case or higher "numbers" in a useless benchmark.

Or...if we don't just bench, and we actually use apps and play games, we spend more time and money upgrading and maintaining our machines "just so it can run faster and save time" than if we actually used our slightly slower, 2nd generation machine.
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