"It's quite clear MG is trying to build a GAMER'S RIG from the money he has set for the build and the components he is looking at/already bought."
Emphasis is my own.
It's just overcompensating is my problem with it, really. If you think about it, that's all it is, and I'll continue to explain why. I'm really tired of people overcompensating with cars, or computers, or whatever else. It means that they give other people bad advice. Very bad advice.
"What's the point in giving him advice on lower-end tech that will most likely bottleneck his machine?"
It won't. If you buy hardware that's meant to go with other hardware, and do so sensibly, you won't have a bottleneck. In fact, the whole notion of a bottleneck is just a BIG RIG buzzword to try to convince other people that they need to upgrade when they really don't.
The only real bottlenecks are the ones that would negatively impact performance in a perceivable way. The key word there is perceivable. Maybe he's not trying to buy a BIG RIG. Maybe he just wants a computer he can play 99 per cent of the PC library of games on.
"You might as well set up a new thread called 'Cheaper Gaming Rig' as that's where your advice would be more accurate."
To the contrary, my advice is to help someone build a sensible gaming computer that can play 99 per cent of the games available now and for the next few years. It's not about being cheap, it's about sensible consumerism and not blindly spending money for the sake of having a BIG RIG.
Maybe he doesn't want to overcompensate? Maybe he doesn't want to attach a gender to his computer? Maybe he doesn't want that stigma? Maybe, to repeat myself, he just wants a computer that can play games?
The BIG RIG is a waste of money, because you're putting out money on stuff where you're going to see no human-perceivable difference. You're telling him to spend hundreds of pounds more for a difference of, maybe, 3-5FPS in the vast majority of games.
Consider that, then think about what I'm saying.
I'm tired of people acting as though PC is synonymous with dong. I really am. A computer is something you play games on to have fun, it's not something to be an elitist snob about. He doesn't need the highest-end BIG RIG to actually have fun with PC games.
The sensible way to handle computers is to buy a decently priced computer, then to upgrade as it becomes necessary, but to constantly stay a few hardware generations behind. That way, you're never paying through the nose (as you want him to), but you're able to play 99 per cent of the PC library.
The 1 per cent isn't really all that great, any way. It's just nerd bait for people who did spend that kind of money. Some developers clean house just by poorly optimising their games and then adding superfluous elements so that only the BIG RIG computers can run them. Those aren't games designed to have fun with, those are games designed to show off.
Once again, I'm advising him on how to build a computer to play fun games with.
"Like it or not, he is clearly willing to spend the money that will build him an excellent and definitely future proofed machine."
He's clearly willing to spend the money because he's being conned. He doesn't know that 'future-proofing' is a fool's errand anyway. You're going to be buying components regardless, and it's logical that if you're always buying high-end components, you're always spending more money than you need to.
Sigh. Elitists and their mindless bloody consumerism.