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Should I Buy A Very Nice Custom Made Cpu, Or A Cheap Car?

Postby Montrelle » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:10 pm

I'm at a loss right now, and I need your guys help so thats why Im asking it here because I know I'll get a decent answer.

1) I really want a CPU

2) I'm going to need a car in about 2 years for college

3) Im 17 and Im going to be a senior next year in the summer

4) SO should I wait on the CPU that I really want or buy the car I dont need right now?

5) OH and if you say computer there is also only a limited amount of space to have one

PLease answer truthfully and tell me what I should do it took me 6 months to make 1,600 dollars and the CPU is about 1,200 dollars. The car woudl probably only be 3,000 dollars so also should I keep saving for a car or spend it on the really nice CPU that I want?


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Should I Buy A Very Nice Custom Made Cpu, Or A Cheap Car?

Postby Deryck » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:39 am

Personally when I was in the same position, I went with the computer & I got a lot more use out of it than I would have a car.
A lot of it though I think depends on things that are specific to you.
What sort of things you would need it for, and your lifestyle, etc.
If you don't really travel that often, and you spend a lot of time working/playing on the computer, it might be a better choice.
On the other hand if you only use the computer occasionally to type a paper, and you can use your parents' for that, and are always begging rides from people a car might be a better choice.

Computers will depreciate rather quickly, and it is hardly ever worth it to get a really top-of-the-line machine as it will be old news in a very very short time. (look up moore's law on wikipedia if you haven't heard of this already) Also if you do get a computer consider its capacity for upgrades.
If you have room for a little extra memory, etc. down the road you can extend its useful lifespan quite a bit.

Also a good thing to consider is a computer is pretty much a one-time cost.
You buy the machine, and then all you need is electricity.
A car on the other hand has a lot of recurring costs beyond the initial sticker price.
Insurance, gas, and maintainence will be adding to the cost for as long as you own the car.

Ultimately I guess it's up to what your particular needs are.
But definitely gather as much information as you can before you make your decision.
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Should I Buy A Very Nice Custom Made Cpu, Or A Cheap Car?

Postby Nicson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:18 pm

CPU (I build them custom) Here's what I build for those w/ very limited space http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...

Get the barebones system above, then we add a nice Plextor DVD Burner drive (still room for 1 more internal HD and 1 more internal CD/DVD type drive to add later-room to grow), a floppy drive w/ multi-card reader, increase it to 4 GB RAM (8 GB -64 bit or 4 X 2048MB 800Mhz PC6400 DDR2 Ram is MAX on that board), maybe a lighted fan or 2 inside for looks and some nice glow in the dark custom rounded drive cables or glow strips since there are 2 windows, etc.---Comes w/ HDMI High Def. Video card.

About the size of a toaster, fast and reliable, I dual boot XP Pro SP2 and Vista Home Premium if you like and it runs right around a $1,200.00 total w/ a decent flat screen (small and compact so you can take it to college for the dorm room w/ you too).

And you'd still have $200.00 left saved for the car, but to tell you the truth, unless you live locally you shouldn't have the car, but a good bike the first 2 years. (Insurance/ Gas, Etc., don't expect your student aid pkg to cover those expenses). Just sent my second 1 to college and both on bikes while there and both live on campus...remember it is only 4 yrs. of your life but is well worth the sacrifice.

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Should I Buy A Very Nice Custom Made Cpu, Or A Cheap Car?

Postby Barnet » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:20 pm

Since you said "custom made CPU," I wonder if you're really talking about a desktop computer (which some people incorrectly call a CPU).

A CPU (central processing unit, also called a processor) is a single chip which is the heart of a computer. The fastest CPU for typical PCs right now is the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650, which goes for under $1000. But for most purposes other than bragging rights, this CPU will not be noticeably faster than a
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