Rommel, on 08 May 2012 - 06:01 PM, said:
Yes it does but can't pull the trigger yet.
Trying to justify this.
Heck, reading your nice "cheap" build, what do I really need.
My SSD has shipped. If I purchase everything I'll do it all at once but if I get cold feet for better deals (?) I'll just install the SSD for now.
That Asus pro for 170 is nice but thats $170 for the board, $250 for the 3570 = $420.
I bet you could build a nice PC for that, in fact, I know someone who did for a little over $300.
Wow, two components VS an entire build.
Yes, that cheap build was a nice build. Relatively. You have to remember that everything in life is relative.
So lets be frank a minute. An AMD Phenom X4 is a great chip, for certain tasks. When you have limited funds they can, in a pinch, handle many games quite well. But like everything in life, there are different levels of power, and quality. Is the extra money to move from an AMD Phenom to an Intel i5 worth it? Yes. I have done this, and seen the results myself.
More importantly though, while I am impressed with how well that cheap Asus was designed, that is based on experiences with other similarly cheap products. Would I compare a $50 entry level Asus board with a $200 Z77 board? Nope. Not even close. Just as I wouldn't put MSI or EVGA in the same league. There are differences in design and craftsmanship that make the extra cost worth it. I am talking of course, both physically, and logically (bios, firmware, etc).
So while it is possible to build extremely cheap, extra money, spent wisely, can also add not only to performance but quality as well - both worth the added cost.
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