runawayprisoner· Level 9998
Mind explaining why you need a Core 2 Quad in a Linux computer for casual usage? Has Linux got that bloated already?Up for the task of elaborating on that, without going wrong?
But isn't that the truth now? You did admit it's "obvious", right?So what you're saying is, prebuilt PCs are more about being no frills and needing less direct involvement from the end user, and most non-enthusaists don't put as much money into OEMs as enthusiasts put into custom built PCs? That's kind of stating the obvious.
Ah, no, that's not what I meant. I'm just painting them as exactly what they are to anybody and not exactly to enthusiasts.You seem to be painting them as more of a "waste" per se, and that I don't fully agree with. Everyone has hobbies where they put more money into something than someone else who just wants enough to get by. If it wasn't PCs, it'd be something else.
If you ask me personally as an enthusiast, I'd always say that the performance and stability of a "properly" overclocked platform is well worth every penny spent, and every drop of sweat shed. But... like you said, that's my hobby. I have to admit it when people around me who are less knowledgeable say that I'm wasting too much money... That's just reality. Like... do you think someone collecting stamps is wasting his time? That's what it is. You can brag about having the best computer in the world that has like... quad-SLI and a 8-core i7 running at 5GHz with RAM enough to make a ram drive and store 10 years worth of pr0n... but when asked what the system is for, what are you going to say?
Well, the "know" part is the problem. It's just like the thing with Microsoft and the 360. Sometimes they charge, sometimes they don't. I think it's more of a lottery... like if your PC gets sent to a repair center where the staff is lenient then they'll do it. Otherwise you get your @$$ charged the hell out of (down to every ridiculous service fee imaginable). I've got mixed reports, but most are negative... and that's why guys who open computer repair shops still make a living these days. If warranties were covered perfectly without fees anywhere for most OEMs all over the world then private repair shops would be dead. You really should cruise around San Jose and Santa Clara sometimes.Also, as for point number two, so far as I know, most (maybe all) OEMs won't void your warranty if you simply open the case, or replace or add parts. They won't cover the part you added obviously (it's own warranty will), or any possible damage done by you in the process (if they find out, which is the key part), but most are pretty lenient in that regard.