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Top end PCs often cost thousands of dollars. Will a PC that costs say $3 thousand be three times better than a PC that only costs #1,000? Which component gets you the most bang for your buck? Processor, motherboard, hard drive, other?

asked Jul 18 '11 at 00:17

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edited Jul 18 '11 at 00:17


for 3,000 it better be good enough video wise to create hollywood quality special effects

(Jul 18 '11 at 20:03) ChuckysChild ChuckysChild's gravatar image

Its not as clean cut as that really. It all comes down to what you "need" in a computer. If you do basic web browsing and nothing more, then a $3k system might boot up 5 seconds faster than the $1k system, but its not going to be much better for browsing the web. If you are a graphic designer or video editor you will need a system tuned toward that kind of work load, whereas if you are a gamer you will likely be spending your $3k in a different kind of way. The component that gives you the best bang for your buck is a component that is perfectly balanced to the power of the rest of your system for your specific requirements. For example, having 4gbs of ram in your system is fine for gaming, whereas a top end video editing system will benefit from 8 or 16 gigabytes and would be wasted on a gaming system. The biggest problem people have is hard drive bottlenecks, so if you can flash the cash, almost any system will benefit greatly from an SSD dedicated to the OS while using a 1TB drive for programs, documents, music etc. As you can see, there is no easy answer to your question, but a good system is one that has been built with a specific use in mind.

answered Jul 18 '11 at 00:27

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edited Jul 18 '11 at 00:28

Take the 1000 and build that 3000 dollar computer

answered Jul 18 '11 at 21:05

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A $3000 computer will not be 3 times as powerful as a $1000 computer. In most cases, a $1000 will do almost everything you would need it to do. A $3000 computer on the other hand would rarely freeze up, and it would be able to handle graphic intensive gaming and video editing. This concept can be applied to almost every product in some way, technology related or not.

For example, take a $5 meal at McDonald's, and then a $100 meal at a top of the line steak house. The steak will taste better, but is this really worth 20 times the price? I'll leave that decision up to you. The same might be applied to houses, an apartment will probably satisfy your needs (or wants), but there are some rich people that buy houses worth millions of dollars. Sure they might have acres of land, and everything will be build of the highest quality materials, and people will clean the house for them. But overall, you spend time with friends and family in your house, you might spend time by yourself, and you sleep.

The only slight difference with computers is that that $1000 computer you buy will be almost worthless in a few years. The $3000 will last a little longer, but I would recommend buying another computer within 5 years or so. The steak example is similar to this, but a house will last you a lot longer.

I would recommend buying a more expensive computer in the "class" that your looking for, but don't overspend if you only need a low powered computer. If you buy one of today's cheap computers, you will be wishing for a faster one really quick.

answered Jul 18 '11 at 23:27

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Most PC's that cost 3,000 dollars will be better than their 1,000 dollar counterparts...

Often times, however, users won't need the power. Judging what you need is an important part of buying any computer...

For most users upgrading RAM will be sufficient to increase speed. However, another low spot on most computers is the video card. Judging what needs upgraded and what the best option is, is a question whose answer will vary from system to system, user to user...

answered Jul 18 '11 at 00:23

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edited Jul 18 '11 at 08:11

actually, if you add more RAM to your system than what came with it, you wont really notice a difference by adding more RAM unless at any one point you happen to be using all of your RAM

(Jul 18 '11 at 03:28) Nicktorious Nicktorious's gravatar image

More RAM DID make a NOTICEABLE difference for my system. It helped programs & games load a bit faster. It wasn't a huge improvement but it improved enough to be reasonably noticeable & reasonably beneficial.

answered Jul 19 '11 at 00:15

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Yeah, its not a standard rule of thumb though. I for example have 16GBs for running multiple virtual machines as well as video editing, but adding more ram isn't going to make my system any faster because the most I've had in use was 13GBs at any given point.

(Jul 19 '11 at 00:36) teh_HyDr0iD teh_HyDr0iD's gravatar image

It depends on YOUR needs

Most programs do not support super high end CPUs such as a 6 Core or Hyperthreaded 12 Core withe 24 logical cores.

If you're gaming chances are you don't need a 6 Core ($1000) CPU because as I from this post NO GAME CANNOT SUPPORT 6 CORES

If you're doing some 3D modeling or high end video editing, that would be more logical to get an expensive computer.

Trust me getting all the high end stuff for little programs such as gaming or microsoft office is just a waste of money and will only make it faster a little bit.

answered Jul 19 '11 at 21:22

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