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post #71 of 124
Meh, it's a matter of perspective.


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My dad is into Aviation and we have kept a vintage 1947 Bonanza running for well over 10 years. If you want to talk about an expensive hobby look nowhere else as mandatory maintenance, annuals, and fees can amount to costs in the tens of thousands. We also built an airplane in the garage a few years back before we obtained the Bonanza, which, although we fabricated a lot of the parts ourselves, was no inexpensive feat.

I look at PCs on the other hand as a rather modest investment. Even if you spend a few thousand dollars you still wouldn't exceed the budgets of automotive enthusiasts.
Wow, way to compare black to white. Even worse then the usual car hobby vs pc hobby expense comparison.


What I don't get, why it even matters. If you're happy with what you have then it's all good. Everyone has different values. Take oedstlych, a $100k isn't but a penny in his pocket since he deals with aircrafts, but to me $100k is like my whole life earnings. And I'll be just as happy only spending $300 on my pc when spending $300 on his may be nothing to him. (Don't know how he really is, just an example to show different values people can have, please don't take offense.)

You just have to enjoy what you spend the money on, whether it be a sidegrade or an upgrade.
Edited by rx7racer - 3/23/11 at 1:24pm
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post #72 of 124
My favorite day in the past couple years was when my XFX 680i Motherboard Died.

I spent like $2000 dollars replacing everything.

I used the old parts to build a computer for my Dad (who got me addicted to the whole PC Building business) for Christmas. So my Dad's been rocking a Q6600 cooled by a big ass V8 Cooler, with an 8800GT Video card for the past year and a half.

It seems like an expensive gift to the people you give this stuff to, but when you have the parts laying around because you love to throw your money at your current rig, why not!
post #73 of 124
It's been a year since I upgraded (I think) and my rig still maxes out most games. This is the longest I've gone since the 8800 GTX without upgrading, and I'm still maxing out games.

Edit: Plus, my GF is making me broke
Edited by t3lancer2006 - 3/23/11 at 1:36pm
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It's been a year since I upgraded (I think) and my rig still maxes out most games. This is the longest I've gone since the 8800 GTX without upgrading, and I'm still maxing out games.

Edit: Plus, my GF is making me broke
My 3-4 year old 8800gts 320mb card on my other computer can play games at max resolution 1920x1200 on my monitor at medium graphics. I think some ppl update their graphics card too often. How ever since it was a 320mb card I do believe it had problems loading textures as quick as my 1280mb card. Like I remember textures taking a bit of time from a distance to load up. But if someones not picky that shouldn't really bother them.
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I look at PCs on the other hand as a rather modest investment. Even if you spend a few thousand dollars you still wouldn't exceed the budgets of automotive enthusiasts.
Took the words out of my mouth. I have a 1G DSM (Mitsubishi Eclipse) and have spent thousands of dollars to make it fast. At its current state, it is pushing 457 whp and its doing 11.57 sec and trap at 123 mph. I have stopped pouring money into the DSM and found a new found hobby in PC gaming. Upgrading my PC is a drop in a bucket compared to modifying my DSM.
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It's been a year since I upgraded (I think) and my rig still maxes out most games. This is the longest I've gone since the 8800 GTX without upgrading, and I'm still maxing out games.

Edit: Plus, my GF is making me broke

wait wait wait, you have a GF but yet you have a PC?
    
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It's like hot rod vs compact car man. You'll spend a lot more but you'll have a helluva lot more fun doin' it!
 
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Im pretty sure I did not spend more then 3 grand on hardware over the past 5 years.
thats 600$ / year avarage. Not to much if you ask me. But thats my personal opinion anyway. Just like someone might consider this ammount to much.
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post #79 of 124
I try to limit hardware spending, it's not a good investment. I use my PC for internet browsing, downloading and gaming while at home. Unless you're someone who makes money out of video editing or other stuff that requires powerful hardware there's really no point in buying a high end PC.

My parent's old Pentium 4 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM and 60GB HDD is perfect for internet browsing, messenger, facebook, movies, music and occasional downloads.

I watch movies and listen to music on my plasma TV plugged into my laptop so again the PC is no more than an expensive gaming platform for me.

Furthermore, I find that hardware is overpriced. You rig is worth half of what you paid after 6 months. Lastly, 90% of all games don't take advantage of the full capabilities of an expensive machine.
Edited by Wulfgar - 3/23/11 at 4:13pm
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Depends how often you upgrade really. Hardcore console gamers... if hardcore and consoles can even go in the same sentences... can spend almost as much as a person building a good rig... but they dont get any performance increase what so ever... its all aesthetic really. My friend has bought about 4 xbox360s already... just for looks or because they broke down and not on warranty.. that is a decent amount of cash. I told him that he could of had a good rig by now with all the money he spent on consoles.. what can I say he is a COD fan...lul.
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