rklepper wrote in post #8401267
When I took computer programming way back when, my professor told me that you should always be 5 minutes behind the new technology or you will pay crazy money. Makes sense.
Just to tell you how far back that was, we were using 8 inch floppy disks.
This is true..
Though with computers, and many other things, I've found that shooting for the middle ends up the best value..
I buy a computer and spec it out so its not bottom end, but its far from the top end, Sub-$2k...and i dont chinse on cheapo no-name parts or lower end parts [IE my current rig has a massively overspecced motherboard meant for gaming and heavy overclocking, But i chose it because its design also made it fairly reliable and stable]
Usually lasts me, Who is a picky performance guy with severe multitasking disorder about 3 years, and I spend around $1800 when i do so, So $600/year..
Comparison, I have friends whos parents will buy them a $600-700 computer every year, and yell at me and **** that i "waste money" spending more than $1000 on a computer..
Usually by the third year, my $1800 rig is still quicker than their brand new $700 one...
And my last $1800 computer i sold to a friend for $500 at the end of it, I got my money's worth in my opinion, And so did she [I offered it to her when she said she had a $500 budget, I looked at what you get for $500 and said "I have basically that in my basement, Except its got a faster HDD and FAR superior graphics and sound...."]
This one is halfway through my lifecycle, the Core i7s are very VERY tempting to me right now and I would like a new graphics card, But its also not deficient in any major way...I have a Q9300 at its heart and thats pretty potent, backed up with 8gbs of ram and a newly-done 1.28TB RAID 0 array....
I also have a 3 year old Samsung 50" 720p DLP HDTV I spent $1300 on, At the time, it was an $1800 set i got a fantastic buy on, I see very few in stores that compell me to upgrade, considering id want to get an LCD of the same size [or close, 50" is perfect for my viewing distance] and then id want a 120 or 240hz response rate, Adding that up its actually almost $3k for it...I'm actually fairly mad everyone killed DLPs so fast, because if want a TV bigger than 42" you're SOL without spending at least $2200 if not $2500 for one....
I just replaced the bulb in her earlier this year, and provided the color wheel and DLP engine stay OK I should easily get another 2-3 out of this bulb before I'll worry about replacing it