Originally Posted by Thunder_PC
Is a 400MHz faster processor, bright screen, slower HD and new warranty worth $1300 to you? That's about what it will boil down to. To me, not even close. But money is always pretty tight here, and I'm a tight-wad anyway.
ah, the joys of being on a budget. it's both a curse and a blessing. I started saving back when the m6809 was the hot item and didn't buy one till this past December. The big thing I didn't like was the eMachines screen, so I was thrilled when I finally had the dough to get one and found out that Gateway had the Ultrabrite screen. Hard to wait, but the reward was nice
Also, it makes you appreciate things more and become more proficient in things (if you apply yourself, of course). For example, I'm on a student budget (yay for college). When I want to buy software, like a 3D modeling system, I do a lot of research, make a decision, and then start saving for it. Since I don't have a million other pieces of software, it's easier to focus on the one I get and learn it well and become proficient at it. I have friends who have the cash to buy the best of the best equipment and software, and I also have friends who download warez programs, and for the most part, they're not good at anything but surfing the web.
I have one friend who is always giving me updates about the new $$$$ software package he downloaded from somewhere off the net with a cracked code, but he hasn't even mastered any of them. No useful skills aside from being able to find illegal software online, lol. So while being on a budget stinks sometimes, it's also good to have limits because you can sometimes be more productive that way. You're more appreciative of what you have and more apt to use it.
But if someone on the forum wins the lotto, I won't say no to a Voodoo M:860