Honestly not a bad route. I always see everyone reccomending some high end hardware for the most basic tasks anymore.
I think it all comes down to each users specific use case. I'm currently sitting on my "budget" Ryzen.
Does EVERYTHING I need and plays pretty much any of my games anything at...
Closest for me is 100 miles north. So 200 mile round trip. Even driving the car (30mpg+), i'm lookin at $10-$15 in gas (depending on price of the day) and probably about 4 hours of my time if i don't stop anywhere else.
Working in an industry that allows me first hand views of rail transported coal. I can pretty much agree with this. Most of what moves by rail out of the Appalachian region is either metallurgical (for coke production) or export.
I think 4 cores are fine, based on your usage case and the amount of money you spend. My $60 Ryzen 1300X (was cheaper than the R3 1200 at the time) does everything I need. That obviously doesn't apply to everyone.
I feel like there's a point were the potential data loss from a failed drive (yes, even in a redundancy setup) out weighs the benefits of having so much storage on a single drive.
Granted.. thats coming from someone who has two 1TBs in Raid 1 and they're not even a quarter full.
Yea, I can see RAID 1 being of use, atleast protects you from a single drive failure.
I use it for a general storage pool (with periodic copies/refreshes to an external drive that stays in my drawer) on my main rig.