How Expensive Was Your PC?

By Vehementi · 74 replies
Feb 8, 2003
  1. Hello all,

    PCs are getting cheaper by the day. So my question is, how much did you pay for yours?

    Mine was pretty cheap, and it's still as top of the line as you'd expect these days.

    I have receipts from all this stuff, so these are definitely accurate:

    Athlon XP 2100+ - $83
    ASUS A7V8x (KT400) - $115
    512MB KingMAX 400MHz DDR - $140
    Thermaltake Volcano 9 - $28
    Gigabyte Maya (ATi Radeon 8500 Pro) - $100
    21" NEC MultiSync P1150 - $150 (refurb.)
    SB Audigy MP3+ - $54
    120GB Western Digital Special Edition (8MB cache) - $154
    10GB Western Digital Caviar - free
    AOpen 4x DVD-ROM - free
    Lite-On 40x/12x/48x CD-RW - $55
    Thermaltake XaserII 5000A - $130
    350W Enermax Whisper PSU - $47
    Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro - $39
    Optical Logitech Rodent - $20
    Joystick - $15
    Nostromo n50 - $25
    FDD - $9

    $1164 total, with peripherals. I've bought all this stuff over time, and it's all added up...:dead: About half that came out of my own pocket. The old HDD and the old DVD drive were really expensive when my dad bought them - I dunno how much he spent though. He gave both to me after he upgraded. This is without speakers.

    Speakers were:
    500W Kenwood receiver - $150
    KLH center speaker - $55
    KLH front speakers - $36
    Pioneer floorstanders - free

    $241 total

    System w/ speakers - $1405

    Man that's alot.
  2. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    Athlon XP 2000+ - $165
    Epox 8K3A+ - $90
    512MB Mushkin PC2100 - $92
    Thermaltake Volcano 7+ - $22
    MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 vtd64 - $135
    20" OEM Sun(Sony) GDM-20E20 - $168 (refurb.)
    SB Audigy 1394 - $45
    Labtec Pulse 424 2.1 speakers - $40
    2x80GB Seagate ST380021A 7200rpm - $109 each
    Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM - $51
    Lite-On 16x/10x/40x CD-RW - $150
    X-PCBOX ver. 1(off ebay) - $27
    Netgear FA311 NIC - $15
    431W Enermax EG465P-VE PSU - $92
    Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite - $19
    Logitech Dual Optical - $25
    Mitsumi FDD - $Free
    Blue round hdd cable set - $15

    Total = $1369(wanted it to be under $1000 but got carried away)

    All these parts have been bought during the past 8 months till up to last week when I bought the audigy card. Most was bought off ebay and the others were from online retailers. All was paid for by me :dead:

    I tried for top of the line, it can do 10,500 3dmarks so I'm happy.

    I also have two brand new motherboards and a PSU that are just sitting on my desk because of compatibility issues. The company I bought my case from couldn't have made a profit, it even came with a hot swappable HDD drive bay! My monitor died last night and its off waranty so its at a local repair shop now. Might just go to ebay and buy another one for $130 if the repair is more expensive.
  3. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 310

    I got mine for free, it's a cheapo deluxe.

    I'm not gonna say the actual increases from my upgrading, just give you the percent increase :)

    This is what I modded and the cost.
    CPU speed increased by 83% plus Volcano 7 heatsink - $70
    RAM size increased by 500% Lifetime Warranty - $28
    Graphics card: Memory increased by 320% Speed increased by 200% Max Resolution increased by 200% - $25
    new fan cfm increased by 8000% (previous owner REMOVED case fan!!) - $10
    new optical mouse - $15
    new 300W Antec PSU - 55

    Remember that I live in Hawaii and I gotta pay a crap load of shipping costs!

  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    It's hard for a lot us to say I would imagine. I know that I have costs covered up by gradual upgrades... So to exactly say how expensive my system was is difficult when you factor in previous components etc..
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,704

    Heh Rick just add up the cost of everything in your box that you have now...and your speakers, monitor, keyboard etc.
  6. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    i work for a PC company :) and got everything at trade cost :)

    so it was cheap :)
  7. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 322

    Which Company Greeno?
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Bought mine a while back and was around a grand not including the monitor. (reused my old one), then I've added a couple hard drives, don't know what I paid for them offhand though.
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I've not had a PC now which I could consider to be a seperate entity from the trail of parts flowing into and out of it for some time now, so attaching any kind of monetary value would be foolish.

    I've literally spent thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of £££ on computer parts over the years.

    right now I have 2 machines which would probably be about £2000 each to buy.
  10. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    It is kind of hard for me as well. Veh and I were discussing it last night in the channel but I had forgotten some things I had added and replaced so my numbers were a little off. I'm not quite sure what I have in it at this point. And if you add in printer and other periferals that opens a whole other can of worms.
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    How about gifts? Do we add in gift costs? :)
  12. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    I rarely buy upgrades for my computer. Mainly just upgrades for my car. I love you maxine!
  13. Butterball

    Butterball TS Rookie Posts: 75

    mine is kinda out dated (year and 1/2 old now) but here it is for old time prices

    Athlon 1ghz T-bird -$99
    256 PC2100 - $60
    30 gig WD HDD - P Pro200 (nice trade)
    MOBO - $115
    DVD rom -$80
    CD-burner -$20
    GeForece 2 mx 400 -$125
    Case W/ 350 watt PS -$65
    OCZ gladiator CPU H/F -$40
    17" flat panel moniter -$130
    Optical mouse -$20
    Laserjet 4P -$free (payment as intern)
    deskjet 640c -$65


    water cooling system -$150
    HDD caddy -$20
    80 gig mator hdd -$130
    DVD-rom -$40 tupid 1 year warranties
    Speakers -$20
    wireless headphones -$60
    Sanity - too much

    wow, that comes to about $1240 not including any tax

    that would have paid for a semesters tuition
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Athlon XP 2100+ Tbred B @2.170Ghz 166fsb - £70 online
    GA-7VAXP (from local shop :( ) - £120
    Coolermaster HHC-L61 with YS-Tech Fan - ~£26
    512mb OCZ EL-DDR PC3500 - £170
    Sapphire Radeon 9700 Pro 128mb - £170 + GF3
    Enermax 350w PSU - £35
    Samsung 957DF 19" monitor - £250
    2 x 40Gb Seagate Barracuda IV - £120
    Lian Li PC-50 Aluminium case - £70
    Rounded IDE cables - £25
    Hercules Fortissimo II - Won from TechSpot ;)

    £1056 for system = ~$1689
  15. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    2 Celeron 400mhz(stable at 570mhz) socket 370 processors - $10 each

    1 ABIT BP6 Dual Socket370 Motherboard - $25

    2 volcano 7s - $7

    1 8gb Seagate HDD - $5

    1 8gb Western Digital HDD - $5

    Voodoo 5 5500 64mb AGP video card - $25

    Creative Soundblaster PCI 128 - $3

    19 inch Smile INC 1280x1024@75hz Monitor - $35

    Millenium 110-key keyboard + wheel mouse - $14

    Altec Lansing ACS* + Subwoofer - $19

    Windows XP Professional + Office XP Professional - $0

    768mb PC133 SDRAM (3x256mb) - $0 $0 $0 (already had it!)

    Total cost: $158


    And at 570mhz x 2, it still runs everything I throw at it!!

  16. quake2foreva

    quake2foreva TS Rookie

    WOW... all those prices are so cheap im guessing you guys are all overseas somewhere. Im from australia and i just got a new p4 system. I added up the prices for a couple of pcs you guys just built if you got that here it would have cost you doubble.

    My pc.

    p4 2.4 = $420
    Kingston 512 ddr ram pc 3700 = $300
    Maxtor 60gb hdd 7200rpm ata133 = $180
    Asus P4PE mobo = $270
    Geforce 4 ti4600 = $600
    sb audigy 2 soundcard = $320
    Logitech mx500 mouse = $100
    Logitech Elite keyboard = $100
    Fastest dvd out = $120
    fastest burner out = $100

    As you can see the price is already over what most of you guys paid im shocked all i can say is i wish i lived where you guys where at :)
  17. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,704

    Nice quake...

    I shop at pricewatch. You can't blame me. I'm uber-poor and try to squeeze everything I can out of my pennies. Biggest example was buying an 8500LE and flashing it's BIOS :D
  18. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Me too, Quake! I should say almost all the pc parts in Australia are more expensive then those countries like Singapore, US Canda.
  19. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    All my specs are below, on my sig., and I have a 17" monitor (up to 1024x768) that I paid $160 for last May. The total price is almost exactly $1010.
  20. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    Wow, you all got quite low prices!! My system cost ~ $2,400.00
  21. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Was yours a pre-built system per chance?
    You will always pay a premium for those. Plus the price I posted doesn't include my Samsung 957DF 19" monitor, Logitech MX700 and cordless keyboard. That adds about another £300 (~$480) = $2169, but then again we do tend to have higher prices in ripoff Britain...
  22. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    My system was custom built for me by MicronPC . I had it shipped from the US to UK. That price is without monitor (had one already)
  23. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Let's see..

    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz boxed - 234 EUR

    Motherboard: Abit BD7 - won from TechSpot

    128+512M PC2100 DDR - I don't remember

    Matrox Millennium G450 DH - about 70 EUR

    Pinnacle PCTV Rave - 67 EUR

    40 GB Samsung 7200 rpm hdd - about 100 EUR

    120 GB Seagate Barracuda V hdd - 168 EUR

    350W PSU - 40 EUR

    Samtron 96P 19" monitor - 227 EUR

    ATX miditower - 10 EUR if I remember correctly, includes 235W PSU

    SB Live! Value - back in '98.. uh.. something FIM

    Logitech Mouseman+ - about 10 EUR

    Keytronic 101-key keyboard - I've had this one since I got my first 286, can't recall the price

    Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1212 - about 50 EUR

    Samsung CD-RW SW-224B - about 90 EUR

    Cheapo RTL8139 NIC - about 5 EUR

    Total about 1071 EUR + those I didn't remember
  24. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I spent a total of about 1300 on my PC

    40 GB Maxtor
    ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder
    AOpen AK73 Pro(a) mobo
    21" Visual Sensations monitor
    AOpen DVD drive 16x
    Cheap 24x burner
    384 MB SDRAM
    350 watt PSU
    1.2 T-bird

    I think that's about it.....
  25. Mr.Guvernment

    Mr.Guvernment TS Rookie Posts: 77

    the dell work bougth we mwas about $2300 US

    my old VAIO was $1500 US @ the time (was $2100 on sony's site)

    my very first system a PIII 533 - was about $2k Canadian when i got it - i remember i paid about $500 canadian for a 40g HD - GOD how prices have
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