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QOTD: How Much Did Your Computer(s) Cost?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 309 comments

Big spender? Penny pincher? We want to know.

Yesterday we found out that when it comes to sales of computers costing over $1,000, a whopping 91 percent of that goes to Apple.

Of course, the obvious argument is that many PCs cost under $1,000, while most Mac computers cost over $1,000.

Personal opinions of Apple computers aside, many of you chimed in and said that you've spent more than a grand on your PC, except that you chose to build it yourself instead of buying it built from a business.

This brings us to today's QOTD: How much did your computer cost? Please feel free to tell us about your gaming desktop, your laptop for work or school, or even about your entire server farm that you're running in your basement.

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    Gradis , July 25, 2009 1:49 AM
    I looked at a mac. I was charged $50.
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 25, 2009 1:25 AM
    I spent enough on my computer to make my penis appear larger. I also bought some go faster stripes to stick on the side of my car and bought a three wolf and moon t-shirt to maximise my pulling power.

    Not really the best QOTD since not a single comment poster will care in the slightest what other people put...
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    shening , July 25, 2009 1:07 AM
    1200-1300 $ plus upgrades overtime so i'd say around 1500,but my PC >>>>>>>>> ANY Mac anywhere around that price.
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    Tech-Boy , July 25, 2009 12:59 AM
    Mine Costed right around $850 for just the tower.
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    Tech-Boy , July 25, 2009 1:01 AM
    Tech-BoyMine Costed right around $850 for just the tower.

    It has a x4 940 at it's heart, and a gtx 260.
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    redgarl , July 25, 2009 1:04 AM
    1500$ Tower alone... I tend to spend less on the cpu, motherboard, memory and more on the case, sound card, storage and HTPC options.

    I don't spend more than 300$ on graphic cards anymore. For exemple, my last build got 2 4850 OC in crossfire... and I paid 165$ for both. That was a terrific deal.
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    shening , July 25, 2009 1:07 AM
    1200-1300 $ plus upgrades overtime so i'd say around 1500,but my PC >>>>>>>>> ANY Mac anywhere around that price.
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    LORD_ORION , July 25, 2009 1:10 AM
    This is an upgrade cycle for me, so only $400 for motherboard, CPU and ram.

    I usually do it this way. New system... upgrade... new system.
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    mj_mahyar14 , July 25, 2009 1:12 AM
    Well my pc cost $1825 just for the case part. Custom built by me!

    Specs are i7 920
    EVGA X58
    6gb Dominator
    EVGA GTX 285 2GB
    X-fi soundcard
    2 hdds in raid 0
    and mush more

    with the accesories and the monitor and keyboard it was $2440.
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    1ce , July 25, 2009 1:17 AM
    Mine's an laptop from 2006 that cost $1300 Canadian at the time...yeah it needs to be replaced with a capable desktop. Laptops have come down in prices so much since 2006. I recall I paid around average, it was not a high end machine.
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    chinesemafia69 , July 25, 2009 1:19 AM
    mine costs $3500 AUD, just built last week
    :p :p 
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    Rahbot , July 25, 2009 1:22 AM
    i spent just alittle over 1700$ on my tower. That doesnt include my 3 gaming mice and 3 keyboards, monitors, table, Drafting Lamp, clipboard for mapped keys for ingame, gaming mouse pad, speakers, just about 12 headphones this year to date. Note I go threw headphones about 2-3 a month. My Next upgrade will cost me just about 800$ or so. My girls pc costed me just about 850$ after it was said and done. Now she is complaining about it being slow. So her next one will be about 500$. I try to use the old parts on a new build if I can other wise family buys them for cheap. Note will be selling my girls pc for 300$
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    radiowars , July 25, 2009 1:23 AM
    1250 for a custom build. Started brand new, got an i7 920 in it, GTX 275, and 1 tb drive.
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    mdillenbeck , July 25, 2009 1:23 AM
    Let see... I have 1 dead laptop (5yrs ago), 1 dead tablet PC (3 yrs ago), 1 tablet pc (1 yr ago) - I tend to not spend more than $1000 at a time, so $500/year on laptops.

    Oh yeah, got 2 EEE PC 4Gs when they first came out with SDHC cards and a few other extras - so that was about almost $1000.

    I have enough parts at home for at least 5 PCs, but only 3 are up and active. I usually buy a decent all-in-one motherboard ($100-150). RAM upgrades are usually around $75 each round. (I have 8GB in a server, 8GB in a Vista machine, and 2 GB in an XP machine right now... and probably 2-4GB sitting around.) Haven't bought a dedicated sound card in quite a while, and I occasionally buy a video card for $75ish. Hard drives I rarely spend more than $100 for. CD Drives I'll spend around $40 tops, but I did spend $200 on a blu-ray burner. Cases I try to keep under $100 and usually with a power supply, but I'll occasionally drop $50 to $100 for a decent and energy efficient power supply. Go for CPUs under $100 usually, so that typically means AMD. OEM software as needed - $140 on average (which is why I am thinking about going Linux mainly + VMWare player and 1 copy of workstation... but keeping one native windows machine).

    So how much do I spend on a system? I don't really know. For laptops, $500-$1000 per year sounds right for an average - but for desktops, I use the "upgrade with a couple of hundred bucks" every 3-6 months. So I really don't know how much I've invested in technology total, or even per year - a lot, but a lot less than the cooks at Denny's seem to sink into customizing their rides. :) 

    Guess I'll have to start a log of my computer expenses!
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 25, 2009 1:25 AM
    I spent enough on my computer to make my penis appear larger. I also bought some go faster stripes to stick on the side of my car and bought a three wolf and moon t-shirt to maximise my pulling power.

    Not really the best QOTD since not a single comment poster will care in the slightest what other people put...
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    redeye , July 25, 2009 1:25 AM
    955be, 300$; 1000hx, 250$; 750GB, 500GB, 1TB wd, 1TB seagate, 400$; m32a32 240$; hsf for cpu hdds, 100$; 4890 300#; 4GB ram corsair 200$; fans etc 100$; for a total approx of 2000. yet, I was in future shop and they had a gateway with i920, 12GB ram, and 285GTX for 1650.
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    leon2006 , July 25, 2009 1:28 AM
    I buid my own PC. Its more expensive and reliable than any brand...Apple, Hp, Dell....etc. I pay premium price for high performance and reliable components.

    Regardless of this discussion... Apple components/hardware are always more expensive than regular PC. Just to site an specific example apple's hardware are more expensive and behind.

    In terms of cost/performance Apple will always be behind.

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3603

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    giga_bite , July 25, 2009 1:33 AM
    I blew $1200-1300 on my newest box

    Core i7 920
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R ATX
    XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB
    OCZ 6GB
    500GB HD 3Gb SATA 32MB cache
    650W PS
    Vista Home Premuim 64-bit
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    Fortunex , July 25, 2009 1:36 AM
    Phenom 720, 4GB RAM, ASUS M4A78-E, Antec 900 (got it on sale, $70), Caviar Black 640, cheap DvD burner, Sapphire HD4850 1GB, CoolerMaster V8.

    ~$900 CAD.

    Sony Vaio (forget the model atm) $1,000 CAD.
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    Regulas , July 25, 2009 1:39 AM
    14" Acer Extensa 2.16GHz running Ubuntu now, $399.
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