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August 4, 2011 2:45:27 AM

what is the most expensive part of the computer :bounce: 

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August 4, 2011 3:06:14 AM

Well that depends on the type of user you are. Enterprise level can reaches into the thousands easily. The most expensive processor I can think of is Intel Core i7-990x for around $1200 but most likely selling for $1000 these days. Enterprise level SSD will probably cost you $5000 for the most expensive one. Professional level graphic card can go up for $3000. You get my idea? If you're referring to the average system builder. The most expensive one is probably the graphic card since some of us can afford the 580 for around $450 I believe? We don't normally go over i7-2600k which is around $300.
August 4, 2011 11:01:05 AM

in my machine the graphics card
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August 4, 2011 12:25:15 PM

I chose mid-grade components so my 6850 is the most expensive component. Unless your including monitors, in which case my 24" monitor is the most expensive.
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August 4, 2011 1:41:27 PM

From most to least expensive - Generally speaking; (in terms of a gaming-build)

GPU
CPU
Motherboard
PSU
RAM
HDD
Optical Drive
a b à CPUs
August 4, 2011 3:13:30 PM

I'll add SSD to that list aswell, somewhere between Motherboard and PSU probably.

Although obviously depends on storage size, speed, ect ect.

The 4 main components NOT to cheap out on are really:
CPU
GPU
MotherBoard
PSU

^ These are where most of your raw performance will come from.

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August 4, 2011 4:44:12 PM

AdrianPerry said:
I'll add SSD to that list aswell, somewhere between Motherboard and PSU probably.

Although obviously depends on storage size, speed, ect ect.

The 4 main components NOT to cheap out on are really:
CPU
GPU
MotherBoard
PSU

^ These are where most of your raw performance will come from.



+1, They are also where most of your reliability comes from. Going with cheap components leads to more down time and lower system performance.
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August 4, 2011 4:54:24 PM

The wishlist is often way more expensive than any parts you end up with hehe :p 
Moto
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August 4, 2011 7:25:00 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
The wishlist is often way more expensive than any parts you end up with hehe :p 
Moto


I wish it went that way for me :( 

I started with a nice low budget and people on Toms kept recommending me shiny-er parts :D  I couldn't resist haha!

I do love my build though so im glad I spent the extra.
August 5, 2011 6:09:02 AM

Hey I was just curious on what people spend the most money. Personally for me it's Screens, with two Acer 22" at a total of $650, but after I get my 8800GTX it will be that. But this is when I purchased my computer.
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August 5, 2011 7:10:48 AM

Graphics card for me: £190

I already had my monitors, but if not then it would be those. Obviously you can buy much cheaper monitors though, a FULL HD 22" LG in the UK can be bought for only about £100. Price obviously shoots up if you want multiple monitors or 3D
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August 5, 2011 7:30:01 AM

Obviously the results can vary considerably, depending on if one chooses a 30" Dell monitor costing $1400, or a $1000 990X cpu, or a $500 X58 'Kitchen Sink Killer' mainboard, or an $800 gpu such as the 6990/GTX590....
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