What's Too Much PC?

NFK777 spent $2,000 on a PC, then asked the Desktops forum if it was overpriced.

Yes, $2,000 is a lot to pay for a PC these days. But the machine NFK described in the original forum discussion is a lot of computer. This powerhouse comes with a i7 920 processor, liquid cooling, a 1TB hard drive, and 6GBs of RAM.

Considering the hardware, the price is fair.

But that doesn't mean you should have paid that price. It all depends on what you use your computer for. If you're a hardcore gamer, a professional film editor, or a graphic artist, this sort of power makes sense. But if you just need a PC for e-mail, surfing the web, and watching Youtube, you paid too much by a long shot.

When you shop for a PC, don't get hoodwinked into buying more than you need. Remember that the cheapest of today's PCs can handle most of what we need a computer for. Something a little more expensive will do those chores without making you wait. Only a few people today really need a $2,000 PC.

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