Re: Performance PC ? Waste of money ?
Well it kinda matter on what you need, for me I needed a multi-core processor and 4GB of RAM, because I use my PC to do normal day to day and to encode video and as a media PC, more cores mean that I can do more at the same time. But on the same side I purchased a lower end motherboard and graphics card because gaming and ports are not a big a big consern. I dd spend alot on my case and mouse and keyboard, but that is because I wanted quality components. The case can be reused and the mouse and keyboard are for comfort.
Personally If you need a machine to web surf, word process and maybe an occasional video/game then spending more than $600USD is crazy.
off the top of my head here is what I think I spent, prices are now much lower so bear in mind, also many parts get reused from build to build, why buy a new power supply or DVD drive if the old ones will work in the new system, right?
$190 - AMD Phenom 9950 Processor
$80 - 4GB Ram
$100 - 750 GB Hard Drive
$180 - Lian-Li Case (reused from old build)
$70 - Power Supply (reused from old build)
$150 - Nvidia 8600 GT (reused from old build)
$25 - DVD-RW drive (reused from old build)
$80 - Motherboard
$150 - TV capture Card
$50 - Mouse
$65 - Keyboard
$40 - Case Fans -- like 4 or 5 of them
total $1180, and thats a PC made up of parts spanning almost 3 years
Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.