11/23/2011 02:41 PMPosted by Xeridea90% of those getting i7 systems don't actually have need of them, but buy them for the cool factor, someone told them to, or like to spend money.
I have to be honest, its tough to see where you're coming from. My wife and I have been running i7's for a few years now and we absolutely love them. We didnt' go top of the line i7, nor did I suggest as such - but we haven't had to worry about upgrading for the past 2 years, nor do I expect we'll need to worry about upgrading for several more. This is why I suggested that he build an i7 machine. I thought the extra 300 bucks was quite reasonable, and definitely worth saving up for when you compare the benefits of spending 500 vs spending 800.
This person is looking for advice... and my advice was, don't spend 500... save up a bit, and set yourself up for years to come. I played the upgrade game - sinking money into my Athlon XP for as long as I could - and after 2 years, I realized that if I had just put a few more dollars in a few years before, I wouldn't be "having" to upgrade every year the way that I was to keep up with games.
His processor will get maxed - It won't be able to keep up with the calculations on the newer games. His video, especially cause I beleive its AGP won't be able to keep up. Smartest move is a shift it platform, and we found a way that it can be affordable and also be a higher end system at the same time. Again - don't argue with me, I simply provided an option. Let the OP decide which option he likes the best. People (us) have done this before, and we hopefully are helping him learn from our benefits, and also from our mistakes.
Throwing $500 at an outdated processer, motherboard (chipset, ram, etc. etc...) seems like a waste of money to me. Spending an additional 300 - 350 to upgrade to a core i7 w/ DDR3? ... not a waste of money.