Why are older gen Intel CPU's still expensive? 13 replies

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Lindale Forum Mod

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#11 2 years ago

4GHz? Wow. I still use the old i5 processor that came stock on this computer. It only runs at 3GHz, so I cannot run Rocket League, or most other games from the last few years. It only just manages Elder Scrolls Online or Euro Truck Simulator 3, but that is pushing the limits. And those games are from the tail-end of Playstation 3 era.


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#12 2 years ago

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If I was to look into getting a new PC, what brands would I even consider? As much as Dell is my go-to for office computers, the gaming world is not so much. I don't want another PC where the motherboard keeps getting fried. Or is Alienware actually as good as they say it is? I also looked at CyberPower and iBuyPower, but those have roughly a 100% negative rating.


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#13 2 years ago

Lindale

If I was to look into getting a new PC, what brands would I even consider? As much as Dell is my go-to for office computers, the gaming world is not so much. I don't want another PC where the motherboard keeps getting fried. Or is Alienware actually as good as they say it is? I also looked at CyberPower and iBuyPower, but those have roughly a 100% negative rating.

Personal preference here...I've always enjoyed building a PC and then upgrading it over time.  Maingear has some good systems an their cases are bad ass.  I've never heard bad things about cyperpower and ibuypower...I mean, Best Buy carries them now (one of the two, can't remember which) so they can't be that bad.  

I own an Alienware, it sits in my closet with plans to come back out soon at some point to either serve as a second computer for a YouTube channel a buddy and I are gonna work on or as a server.  Never had a bad experience with them either.




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#14 2 years ago
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If I was to look into getting a new PC, what brands would I even consider? As much as Dell is my go-to for office computers, the gaming world is not so much. I don't want another PC where the motherboard keeps getting fried. Or is Alienware actually as good as they say it is? I also looked at CyberPower and iBuyPower, but those have roughly a 100% negative rating.

I recently had to acquire a new PC in the sub-$1000 price range, and after looking at HP, Dell, Newegg, Costco, Best Buy (a lot of these probably don't apply to  you in the UK), and one or two other major retailers, I concluded that from a performance/price and to a lesser degree, from a quality standpoint, building a system was the way to go. Especially if you can reuse your old case, power supply, DVD drive, etc. You get more control over the whole ordeal, don't have to deal with the PITA that comes with shipping your whole rig back if one component breaks, etc.  The thing is, a lot of the more reasonably priced systems are better priced because they use a last-gen CPU, or are missing an essential  component (like an SSD). And I like to have a lot of control over exactly which parts go into the system and how it's all done. That's something you just don't get with a generic pre-built machine.


But if you do go pre-built, make sure the manufacturer and/or the vendor provide the things you care about, like half-decent customer service and a warranty policy that actually gets honored if something goes wrong.

So like, probably start with your price range and go from there. If you're talking under $700 I'd consider just upgrading your current PC, since all but the 1st gen i-series processors are close to being in league with each other.


Also, @GateCrusher420 The GTX 1080 Ti is $700-$800 right now. The 8800 GTX was about $600-$650 at release, according to a quick google search. Considering prices are bumped up a bit due to crypto-mining PC hardware prices otherwise don't seem particularly inflated. Unless you are  referring more of a lack of price decrease for the same performance with time. In which case, yeah, that stagnation is a bit of a turn-off. But at the same time, game developers are generally limited by current hardware technology, so that means I only have to buy a new GPU every couple years  rather than purchasing an entirely new system to max out performance in the newest games.




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