Sttm wrote:I look at this low end cpu review, and that low end graphics card review a few days back and I cant help but wonder why there is so many options at the low end priced so very close together. I hate to think I would ever be in the situation where I would not be able to wait a week and save the extra $20, $40, $60, or even $80 to get a much better piece of hardware that would serve me better and last longer.
Maybe if the platform as a whole were cheaper going with an Athlon Chip, and you could get much more savings that way; but as it is now I really have a hard to fathoming why, unless it was an emergency purchase, you would not simply wait a little bit longer and get a much better cpu and really for not that much added cost in a global view.
Moving to AMDs top end quad core from the Athlon Triple core is what $100. Which sounds like a lot if you go percentage, thats like ~115%. But then how much is $80-100 these days, for instance yesterday I spent $60 on Gas, and $20 on Pizza; Pizza is already gone, and gas wont last the month; but a CPU would last years, it effects you every time you boot that PC, every time you use a program, hours upon hours of use. So to not save up that little extra bit, I just dont understand it. Well unless your Computer is dead and you need an immediate replacement.
90% of my purchases are frantic 'i need this type of part RIGHT NOW' which is usually just purchase whatever i can afford which commonly is less than $90. take the system i'm on now, i had a C2Q waiting for a board RMA, but it came back as 'User Induced Damage' so i HAD to get a new board, picked up a Gigabyte G31 mATX board for $50 after rush processing since i had no other complete system up (still waiting on the thuban for my AM3 system today) and needed a desktop pronto. without that frantic $47 board purchase i would have been without a system for the past month since the money just wasnt there for a new AM3 cpu
there is a market segment for every price range and you can't deny that, yeah things could be more organized as far as Athlon vs Athlon II vs Phenom vs Phenom II, but they all have purposes whether you see them or not. just like people still buy PCI cards for various reasons. I couldnt be happier with all these options, compare it to gaming, would you only want one maybe two options for the entire FPS genre? no you'd want more options. same principal, some games are at different prices and some games are total garbage, doesnt mean people wont buy the game that's total garbage because its price is low enough to get several games instead of one expensive game you might not even like
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