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TechSpot's PC Buying Guide - A Major Revamp

By Julio Franco · 107 replies
Dec 21, 2009
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  1. Phate13

    Phate13 TS Rookie

    red1776, I didn't see your post, till I posted this last response, but I do want to adress this:

    Like I said: On a dutch site, I have my own best buy guide. And me and the rest of the crew are very keen on making it as close to "perfection" as possible. That is why I started this debate. I see things I disagree with and am very curious to the thinking behind those choices.
    This whole discussion about the Phenom II X2 555 for example got me thinking, and I will suggest this processor as an option for the cheapest system. (Though we'll probably be keeping the Athlon II X2 255 as standard.)

    This search for "the perfect system" and "the perfect guide" is what keeps our best buy guide up to date and correct. We challenge and ask everyone who thinks an alternative is better, to please suggest this and enter in a discussion with us. It can only improve our guide.

    (And now I would like to "fight" your 4th point, but I'll stop myself before we start arguing about those little things again.)
  2. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,836   +1,960

    I love guys like you I really do. You now jump on the back peddle and say this is all about benefiting two websites to create the perfect buying guide. Yet you initially jump in here like you are the be all and end all of computer hardware buying knowledge, claiming stupid things like the author is irresponsible because of the options he is suggesting to the reader.

    Everyone has an opinion I can accept that and I can understand that some prefer to go straight to the Athlon II X4 while others prefer to take the limited risk of unlocking the Phenom II X2. If I read an article suggesting either option I would just take it as good advice and move on. I would not jump into the comments section and run my mouth like I know everything there is to know and in the process call the author who has put a lot of time and effort into the article irresponsible.

    Also you do realize that articles like these are not updated every 5 seconds? It’s called Tech Spot not Best Buy Article Spot. Here we cover all kinds of hardware and while Matt does try to update the article as much as he can it’s not a full time job.
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    eureka!, you have invented the lateral elevator!
  4. Phate13

    Phate13 TS Rookie

    First I would like to apologize if that is how I came across.

    But first of all: I am aware of the fact that you can't always immediately update such a guide. All I tried to do was make my point of view (extremely) clear. Wish I think I accomplished for the benefit of both of us. A decent ssd got added and the price point of system 2 will be re-examined. And I learned more about the benefits of the Phenom II X2 555.

    Second of all: I did not claim that the author is irresponsible. I said that in my opinion, that choice(!) is irresponsible. There is a big difference. I applaud the author for making such a nice guide, because after all, it is quite nice. Even though I don't agree with all the choices. I was mostly expressing my concern about that choice. However now it has been made clear to me, that the chances of successfully unlocking those cores are greater than I thought.

    Finally: Instead of mocking people, like me, who are trying to improve your guide by giving critical helpful remarks. You can always just close the option to give comments if it isn't appreciated.
    I'm not here to be a troll. I'm here because these kind of guides truly interest me. And because this interests me so much, I do think I know a lot about it, yes. I do not try to pretend I know everything, I think I know a lot about it, and try to help and form an opinion using the knowledge I have at my disposal. I'm sorry, but I don't get why it is arrogant to express my believes.
  5. Though tense, these series of challenging comments and their responses have been interesting and enjoyable. Thank you to both parties. On another note - and it's probably one of those 'didn't notice/have time to tweak' things, but perhaps mention the HAF 932 in the enthusiast level as an alternative full tower. I do realize it's mentioned in the luxury system, but it's only $20 more than Antec 900, often cheaper with sales. Also, thank you for the entire guide.
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,325   +101

    Totally agreed Guest. I'll add it in the text below this week. :) Thanks for the note.
  7. updated builds with sandy bridge processors architecture? apologies for pestering if you're busy working on it now. or you're just busy working lol :p - your investment of time and knowledge is multiplied by its worth to your readers :)
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,325   +101

    Aye, it's definitely due for an update. We were busier than usual last week with CES. The guide will be refreshed this week -- possibly as early as tonight.

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