In recent years and as technology progresses, the variety of computer hardware is growing more each year. Many are these where their computer selection criteria is based on excesses and they buy materials that they do not need.
The main reason for buying a powerful PC is of course the games and in the second place the work on it. For example, someone who wants to build or upgrade his system will do it on the basis of whether it can run at the maximum resolution the games, by paying a lot of money to do that. Of course, there are professionals who need a strong PC to do their work in less time and of course the article does not concern them.
With the help of -promotional- articles (Adverts), and various videos from -sometimes paid by the companies-
Youtubers that have a great number of followers, a hype has been created that only favors are companies and sellers. People make like a maniac to get the latest and the best graphics card and CPU, as long as they can play the latest game at maximum settings.
Of course all of this trend also includes game creators, knowing that games are only worth and will be rewarded by the audience and the press only if it looks perfect on the best graphics cards. Now we have come to a point where if a game does not have good graphics, it is considered as bad.
So there is a buying and selling ‘party’, where almost new cards are sold at very low prices, many times 2 or 3 times below its original price (and I doubt if a €300+ card can be considered as an old one, within two years of its release), so that the owner can get rid of this card and thus be able to buy the next one. The same goes for the CPUs, and the motherboards too.
In all this ‘PC Master Race’ craziness, have entered also companies that once played a second role, such as headset manufacturers, “gaming chairs” (as if sitting in a normal chair you will not be able to enjoy the game), speakers, controls etc.
The same applies to another category, HTPC. And there they make us to buy power -but small- machines, so they can comfortably run 4K material, which I personally find excessive, since at 32″, 1080P are satisfactory. Of course, TV manufactures couldn’t miss that party and they want to sell their televisions, pushing the world to give their old TVs, so they can buy another TV that does not actually need.
Although I wanted to make a HTPC system in a small box to put it on my TV, I quickly realized that such a machine is useless and a waste of money and time. A machine that requires you to get out of bed or sofa to power it up or want to buy extra stuff to use it (eg a remote controller) is not for me.
For example, on my Home Theater system, I have an ‘EGreat EG-M31B Full HD Networked Media Tank’ and I will not going to change it, until the time I will upgrade my system to 4K. Until then, FullHD is the best for me.
Personally and as a person who always followed the technology, the PC came first in my expenses and I always equipped it with the latest technology. All this until 2007, when I upgraded my PC with the best at that time, in the money I had, and specifically a Core2Duo E6750 with 4GB Ram. Since then, just two years ago I bought a Core2Duo E8500 from eBay and kept it until last year.
The system has been working great since then, and has not disappointed me at all, while covering me comfortably with all my tasks (now I use it as a Server). Along the way, I got from a friend at a very cheap price (~€80) from his machine because he was burning to sell it to acquire a newer machine specifically with 8GB ram and AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Quad-Core. I also found at a very good price (under 80 €) a system with an AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz Quad-Core, 8GB ram. Then, for the same price, I bought the Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Boost OC and is the machine I have as a basic, mainly for programming and videogames.
Of course the games that interest me and I am playing nowadays, run very well, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Sherlock Holmes The Devil’s Daughter, Mortal Kombat XL, Hitman and others. I did not have any problems with any game at all, but if I see that they do not play well (really, I have not met any game that does not run satisfactorily except “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” on Cemu), it will not ‘hurt me’ to reduce the game settings a bit.
We’ve come to the point where there are many products labeled as “Gamer Edition” to be sold as something worth and better than another that is not “Gamer”. However, nothing is done without search from the companies and these ‘tags’ are not happening by accident.
I think that becoming a consumer zombie, where you constantly want to buy the latest technology, because… so, it is the wrong move on your part. Companies want to have us in their pockets, forcing us to always buy something new, which believe me, most of the time we do not need.
The same applies, of course, to expensive mobile phones, which cost very much (and I’m not talking about the cheap Chinese mobiles), and it is strange if you thing of how much each company has come into the minds of consumers, since they defend their choices (eg, I wanted this phone to do my job, something else did not satisfy me, etc.), when you rarely saw someone with a smartphone 5 years ago.
You build a power PC, where it consumes a lot of power, just to play games, which you can play with a cheaper system. But companies and advertisers have convinced you that the game will be not so good if you can not see and the last hair in the character’s head moving naturally.
Also, if you do not have the money to build a second machine, then all of your work (browsing, downloading etc) is done by this power PC, with the consequence that it can have, from electric bill raising (due to its consumption), to wear of the parts.
My advice (because each person’s money is his own and has every right to do what he wants) is to first look for used PC parts -and not only. You will find very good stuff at very good prices and you can build a great system that can run any game you want and at very good prices, much better if you buy new ones.
This shopping mania that has dominated the young people mainly, can be profitable for the smart thinkers.