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Highest-Value Strategy

Technologies follow a 7-step progression. Understanding this progression is necessary to understanding value...

  1. cutting edge
  2. critical improvements
  3. substantial price drops
  4. highest-value
  5. low-end
  6. outdated
  7. obsolete

Here is how we produce a highest-value practical PC.

Parts combinations that work together are scored by their impact on weighted consumer objectives (see below). Each design decision is controlled by these weights.

In most cases parts are chosen from the "highest-value" step in technological development (see above). However, some consumer objectives (such as speed) are considerably more important than other objectives, so parts are chosen that lean more towards cutting edge in these areas only, while skimping on things that people never use (like having 8 SATA ports when no one buys SATA anymore anyway). The end result is a design that better serves the average consumer for standard PC uses.


The Mini

The Mini Biases these weights more towards lower pricing and miniaturization.

25compatibility with common PC software, standards & expectations
24lower pricing
13performance
12lasts a long time
11miniaturization
   5capacity
   4expansion potential
   2low power consumption
   2compatibility with performance graphics requirements
   2aesthetics

The Standard

The Standard biases these weights more towards compatibility with cutting edge graphics requirements and expansion potential.

25compatibility with common PC software, standards & expectations
18lower pricing
13performance
11compatibility with performance graphics requirements
10lasts a long time
10expansion potential
   7capacity
   2miniaturization
   2low power consumption
   2aesthetics

Click on the specification to The Mini or The Standard to view some of the details leading to a highest-value design. From there you'll find links to either purchase or build your own.

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