Originally Posted by kildat017
just buy a cheap pc once every 3 years. no OC problems.
you can extend that to 5 years if you're not a rampaging kid.
around the time when the pc becomes obsolete.
Since when is 3-5 years "obsolete"?
Well, maybe it's obsolete if you're buying a cheap PC.
Considering that a 2600k is still competitive with some modern CPUs, if you think that a 5 year old PC is obsolete, you're doing something wrong. Hell, even a 920 is still fine nowadays.
Originally Posted by Xmarksthegank
These days it's mostly features, and the OC on your CPU is more defined by how good a chip you got on your silicon lottery rather than how good a power delivery the mobo has. A lot of the things that motherboards used to do are now done by the CPU itself instead, leaving mobo manufacturers with a struggle to stay relevant and being able to figure out selling points for the high-end motherboards.
I had a cheaper X58 board (and its RMA replacement) blow their VRMs in the 1.4-1.45v range. Yes, a lot of the stuff like the memory controller and integrated graphics are in the CPU now, but the VRM (or at least most of it) is still on the motherboard.