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What's with the overdrive, people?

post #1 of 17
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Wasn't sure where to put this one so bear with me here.

Around OCN I've seen plenty of over-the-top systems costing upwards of $1600, when you can game on high/ultra settings with a $800-$1000 computer these days.

All of this seems like just a little too much. My system, I started building about 2 years ago and so far the only thing I've upgraded is the CPU, Mobo and RAM, which means that it only cost $900 not including the upgrades.

The reason I started this thread is because a friend of mine is jumping on a nearly $2000 dollar computer, as he just got his income tax refund. I keep trying to tell him that he can do max FPS with something much cheaper, yet he still wants to dump half of his money on this godly rig.

So what's the point of this over-spending? Bragging rights? Future protection? I do understand that there are some people out there who enjoy overclocking as a hobby, but does this really require all the insane graphics cards and CPU's?

Generally speaking, the average modern PC game won't even use more than two cores on your CPU, and you'd be hard-pressed to put your PC under any serious load while playing, to my knowledge.
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post #2 of 17
Its not all about gaming, some ppl acutally work on there PCs and might need the extra horse power. I build a new PC for myself about every 3-4 years so spending alot leaves me a bit future proof like you said.

But some ppl just like to do it. Like RaginCain, lol i know for a fact that he has gone through at least two Crosshair4's and im sure it was just to OC the crap out of them and then move on to the next big build to try it out. It can be an expensive hobby but its a hobby none the less
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actually most modern games now make full use of quad cores and now some even use 6 cores. when building a mega budget PC I would stick to a single card config to make it future proof, e.g if I bought a 580 now and it was superseded in a year or so then I could just buy the new one and use my 580 for physx. im all for spending huge amounts of money on a PC but there's a point where the spending just becomes stupid and a horrible waste.
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why ppl are buying fancy pricy suits? they can walk to work in cheap and crappy why ppl are buying fast and expencive cars for riding from point a to point b while they can buy cheaper? why ppl are buying such crazy rigs? cos they can. no more need to add XD if you can do something you just do it you know that to Modd3d? dont you?

forgot about one thing. you should help your friend chosing the parts not annoying him with how much of his money he should spend on his rig
Edited by prznar1 - 2/12/11 at 7:26am
post #5 of 17
How are you going to run 2560x1600 on an $800-$1000 computer when the monitor costs more that that?
Expand your horizons (double entendre intended).



I don't overclock.
I don't care about bragging rights.
I need my hardware for what I have to do with it.
Edited by topgeek - 2/12/11 at 7:27am
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post #6 of 17
Well, I don't use my PC for only gaming. I do massive compression, and a tad of video rendering. I got lucky when I found out my CPU could do 4.26GHZ stable, and also, I made an oath to not switch out my CPU, board, or RAM until January of 2014.
    
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post #7 of 17
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How are you going to run 2560x1600 on an $800-$1000 computer when the monitor costs more that that?

Expand your horizons (double entendre intended).
You don't neccesarily need to be running at resolution that high. And for PC's I don't include the cost of the monitor
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This build wasn't too hard on the wallet, tbh. I upgraded the RAM, CPU, Mobo. Before, I had a Rampage II, a regular quadcore and 4GB of RAM. Upgrading to what I have now didn't cost a whole lot at all. I remember when the 260's I have in here now were considered godly. Now they're considered out of date, and yet I get max FPS on all of my games. Hell, I could probably run just fine on one. Atm I'm just waiting for these HDD's to burn out, like they all do ;D. Lmao
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post #8 of 17
Uhh... Perhaps some of us want better than an absolutely crappy 1080p TN panel?

Seriously, 1080p looks so bad.
Edited by De-Zant - 2/12/11 at 8:08am
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post #9 of 17
Did you miss the name of the website you're on?

OVERClock.net
The pursuit of performance

It's not:

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post #10 of 17
Isn't your CPU "over the top" by your standards? Costs near 1000 too
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