Originally Posted by SparkMonkeyHellion
I'm wondering where this I need the newest and greatest of everything! mentality came from?
Most people never even touch the performance capacity of their machines, except with the newest games. The only time you need a highly customized power machine is for cutting edge games OR hardcore video rendering workstations.
Other than that, scientific programs, like for bioinformatics, are highly specific purposebuilt machines.
You don't need the greatest/newest to build. Getting quality parts you cAn trust is the biggest.
That quad build on ebay you posted has absolute crap parts. If you stuck a gpu into it, you'd have to get a new psu.
Also some of us like not wasting money... any update to a cheap setup requires multiple upgrades, thus tossing out working we didn't want to update.
I just built the ebay setup for 10 bucks more on newegg, BUT with a 300 and antec 500W psu.
So your cheaper cause odf bulk is bunk.