Flying Fox wrote:Topinio wrote:just brew it! wrote:more money than sense.
Not really, but if my i7-960 hadn't gone bang 14 months ago I would've been deciding between Xeon E3-1270 v6, E3-1280 v6, Ryzen 7 1700X, Ryzen 7 1800X, or Ryzen Threadripper 1900X. And chances are that a Ryzen would be chosen.
But do you have a justification for those? If it is "just because I can" or "I want a bigger e-peen", then you would have been squarely in this category. Otherwise, if there is a logical reason(s) behind your choice, then you are in the "prosumer" group.
The only justifications are weak, but hopefully not e-peen weak -- the main box does dual duty as a Linux workstation and VM host at home for when I (occasionally) work from home or get caught up in a project and want to carry on in the evenings, so having enough grunt and ECC RAM is desirable.
On top of that, I tend to buy high so the machine doesn't annoy for a few years, and then keep running through it feeling standard (with a couple of upgrades) until the old thing is a noticable bottleneck at hopefully 7-8 years old. I don't want the hassle of rebuilding, though I do enjoy it. I'm happy to spend £300 on a CPU, and going to £500 doesn't make much difference; £700 is outside the box, though. I don't think I've more money than sense, but maybe I do?
I don't think I'm a "prosumer", which seems to be defined as "a person who consumes and produces media" as I don't do the latter (other than the odd home movie DVD) and don't do much of the former.