Originally Posted by jcbaggins
I could not agree more. When I started building my own PCs about 10 years ago I would always pay extra for "upgradeable" parts, but then found myself truly upgrading every 2 years at a minimum. By then, everything was usually faster and cheaper to just replace the MB/CPU/Ram, etc. I remember purchasing a stick of RAM on ebay and paying about 2x more than faster stuff on the market just because I wanted to finally say I had upgraded. I even went from an AMD 2100 to a 3000 or something like that because I was too stubborn to just buy new stuff.
So, for this thread, I have decided to stop the "upgrade" trend and purchase the right H67 board for my needs right now..not what I think I will upgrade in 2 years (which seems to be most people's normal upgrade cycle). My vote is if you aren't going to upgrade in 6 months (like to turn your HTPC into a gaming PC when new games like Battlefield 3 or the next Oblivion comes out), then save your cash.
I don't disagree with either of you to be quite honest; and especially in my case considering that I will *only* be using this build for media playback purposes ... no encoding, gaming etc. And I quite agree that by the time an upgrade comes into picture - technology usually had advanced to the point where you're thinking about the "next" leap already.
At the same time, for $10 or so more - I'd still rather have 4 memory slots then 2. If the difference was $40, perhaps not. But for $10 it does make sense. Additionally - sometimes when you start compounding software upon software (which isn't too out of the box) - once in a while you'll find a resource-hungry application which will get the job done. I like to keep that option open.
But to be fair - RAM Slots is not the primary reason. I think that would be eSata. My media is on an eSata RAID Enclosure and I do want to directly connect it to my HTPC. Gigabyte is offering my eSata while ASUS is not ... although I haven't seen what's up at Tigerdirect.Com yet ... like I said, more models need to hit the floor before a fair comparison can be made. I might everything I'm looking for at a decent price in another ASUS model then the one that's currently up at Newegg. It's still early in the game.