How Expensive Was Your PC?

By Vehementi · 74 replies
Feb 8, 2003
  1. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    If were go into work machines
    -1.7Ghz P4 Dell Inspiron 8200
    -512mb PC2100
    -GF4Go 32mb
    -30Gb HD

    Was about £1800 at the time when it was bought for me ($2844 dollars)
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    I'm not gonna waste the time to list my specs, they are in my profile, the first one listed, just built it. Actually bought the parts over the last few months, finding good deals where I could, had some parts already, and best estimate I could come up with on the cost was ~$1400, because I couldn't find some of my receipts and had to guess. The second system listed was $1300 over a year ago.

    I'm not going through all my other stuff
  3. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Got my for about $1400

    2000XP Athlon
    Vol 7 Cu+
    512MB Kingston 333MHZ
    MSI KT4V
    80.0GB Western Digital 80JBB
    Yamaha CRW-F1E
    Sony DVD 16X
    Floppy FDD
    Hercules ATI Radeon 8500LE 64MB
    Hercules Fortissismo III 7.1
    Philips 107T4
    Altec Lansing 641
    Micorsoft Multimedia Keyboard
    Microsoft Intelli Optical Mouse
    ICUTE Mod Case with 350W PSU & 4Fans
  4. henry604

    henry604 TS Rookie

    well i jsut bought mine like 2 weeks ago and i payed a helfty price for it

    2.8 p4
    1 gig of ddr333
    soundbalster Audigy play EX
    160GB Sata
    ThermalTake Xaser II Black
    ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700PRO
    LG 16X DVD
    LG 52x24x48
    Logitech Z680
    thermaltake 7+

    for about 3200 plus

    apple 20 inch stuido display LCDcame out to be 6500 for my new comp ....
  5. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    I think the last big mutation that my system went through was the upgrade to a 1.2Ghz Athlon, 256MB RAM, and an MSI K7T Turbo mobo for around $300. I've added another 256MB since then for around $45 and an ATI Radeon 9100 128MB for $80. Further mutations are planned from now until HL2 release or D3 release! They include:

    Audio Upgrade:
    5 2-way speakers (DIY) - $70 each - $350 total
    1 surround sound receiver - $150ish
    subwoofer with amp (DIY) - $140ish
    Audigy2 sound card - $78
    Audio Total: $718

    Video Upgrade:
    Undecided - $300ish likely

    Main System Upgrade:
    P4 2.4Ghz 800Mhz FSB - $187
    Intel 865PE-based mobo - $150ish
    512MBx2 Corsair XMS 3200C2 DDR RAM - $190
    Windows XP Pro (OEM) - $143
    Antec True 480W w/blue LED PSU - $100
    System Total: $770

    That's comes too.... $1800ish

    I'm hoping to overclock in the 3.0Ghz range.

    FYI: I don't think any of the commercially-available 5.1 computer speakers sound good enough for the money. I'm also having fun building the speakers as a hobby! Most importantly, my wife hasn't added up the total cost for the audio upgrade! :D
  6. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    What my computer has cost me: Way too much!
    (But then again, I allways think it costs way too much)

    This list isn't too detailed, as I don't have the receits here (they're in my apartment)...

    Asus A7V8X - Gold / Deluxe - 240$
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+ - 140$
    1gb (2x 512) TwinMos PC 2700 - 195$
    Radeon 9700 pro - 462$ (this was cheap in norway, iwth prices around 300$ in the US)
    450W PSU - 60$
    IBM Deskstar 75GXP 60GB - 165$
    IBM Deskstar 60GXP 75 GB - 180$
    Maxtor (sorry, can't remember type) 80 GB (8mb cache) - 165$
    Logitech Cordless Optical mouse MX700 - 100$

    Total: 1707$

    Not too bad actually...
    But not exactly cheap either...

    I'm going to build 2 computers next week for less than this, and that's including lcd screens for both of them.....
  7. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I couldn't even guess, it's just a continuous evolution. A part here, a part there...when I get enough spare parts then another computer gets built out of the leftovers. All in all I've spent a lot because the first one cost about $2000 at the time.
  8. Ivan Svabo

    Ivan Svabo TS Rookie Posts: 37

    MB Epox RDA3+ 145$
    CPU AMD 2200+ 92$
    512 DDR400 Samsung 107$
    Maxtor 40gb 7200 82$
    Logic chasis with L&C UPS 400W 44$
    Leadtek Ti4200 128mb 163$
    Spire WhisperRock III 11$
    2 Spire chipset fans 9$
    Logitech iTouch keyboard 20$
    Logitceh optical wheel mouse (B69 think) 17$

    total: 690$
    (i have old 17" sony trinitron 1024x768@72hz monitor and LG CD-RW 16/10/40)

    i need to buy:
    17" ADI MicroScan F750 (Dimondtron) 221$
    512 DDR400 Samsung 107$
    DVD ROM Teac 49$

    Total sum: 1067$

    Place: east Europe, Croatia (small contury for great holiday -CNN, small contury for great comp shopping -me :grinthumb )
  9. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    I'm building a new PC by next week since my mobo died one month past warranty. Can you believe that.

    I intend to spend roughly $300 for AMD cpu, mobo, may be 2 gigs of ram, and a video card. I've been doing a lot of research. It wouldn't be so bad if I had a lot of money but that's my budget and I want to make sure I get the most from it.
  10. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

    I got a hand-me-down IBM laptop from my mom so that was $0.

    Planning on spending $1500 on a new computer soon though. Check out my specs.
  11. coolguyuno1

    coolguyuno1 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    $1,200 discounted ( Huge Discount )
    x2 7800 ultra nvidia cards
    3700+ 3.5 amd 64-bit
    160 gb HD
    20 inch Flat LCD
    Water Cooling
    4 gigs of ram
  12. John Mather

    John Mather TS Rookie Posts: 17

    i only spend £200 on my PC but then again it's probably crap compeared to yours

    AV8 - 3rd eye
    amd athlon 64 (Venice) 3000+
    geforce mx4000
    160gig hd

    the monitor i stole of my mums old comp so that proabably saved me quite a lot
  13. darkstuarez

    darkstuarez TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Oh yeah, well, my emachines cost about 450 a year or two ago, beat that!
  14. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435

    much deeper

    This began life as a Compaq bundle from Fry's and became:
    M$ Wireless Natural Multimedia keyboard
    M$ Wireless Intellimouse 2.0 59.00
    Aspire X-Finity ATX case 68.00
    ASUS P5P800 99.00
    Intel P4 640 HT 200.00
    2x1024 A Data DDR400 (matched) 179.00
    NEC DVD ND3540-A 50.00
    ASUS CRW-4832AS 30.00
    500W modular PSU 65.00
    Arctic Cooler Freezer7 HSF 30.00
    CoolerMaster Aerogate III Fan controller 30.00
    Western Digital WD2500JB CaviarSE 130.00
    Maxtor Diamondmax 10 120 GB 75.00
    Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS 80.00
    Logitech x530 5.1 60.00
    Radeon 9250SE(?) 40.00
    WinFast 2000XP Pro TV tuner/capture 40.00

    $1535 USD------------ did manage to build one for my mom with pieces out of these upgrades; however,LET'S TALK ABOUT SOFTWARE!!

    Not really, that's enough. Oops- add $300.00 for 2 Epson all-in-ones. :dead:
  15. s3xynanigoat

    s3xynanigoat TS Rookie Posts: 94

    Approximately 3500 US. Give or take a few.

    My core components are...

    A8n32-SLI Deluxe
    7800 GTX KO 512
    Zalman Resenator
    Soundblaster Xtreme Music

    factor in the creme de la of the market's HD's, Optical Drives, Memory, PSU, mouse(G5 FTW), and case <----These things are surprisingly expensive.

    OS and MS-Office were free since I am part of Microsoft's Partner program.

    Still saving for that 24inch Dell flatscreen. Using a CRT at the moment.
  16. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Posts: 343   +13

    free shipping and rebates help!

    I looked for deals with free shipping, and looked for rebates.

    I aimed for a great comp (basically, all components have favorable reviews and are not the cheapest parts available) that would be ready for 64-bit Windows, but under $1,000. I spent slightly over $1,000. Partly that was because I decided to include a floppy (not necessary anymore these days) that was name-brand/good reviews, and because I selected a dvd that matched my case.

    The "budget" keyboard and mouse were next to worthless, so I had to change plans on those parts and pay more than just a few bucks.

    I am resisting the urge to upgrade (more ram, faster vid card, do a raid setup), since my goal is to just enjoy a fast, stable comp at a good price.
  17. iNoob

    iNoob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    Got mine last year for about $2200 CAD after taxes. (OMG stuff are so expensive over here, and the tax is 15%!! This is what happens when you have lots of land but no one living in it, lol, 1/10th population of the USA)

    MOBO: DFI Lanparty NF4 UT Ultra-D
    CPU: Athlon 64 3000+ Venice
    RAM: OCZ PC4000 EL VX Gold 2x512MB
    GPU: XFX GeForce 6800GT 256MB
    HD: Seagate 160GB SATA
    DVD: LG 16X Dual Layer DVD burner
    PSU: EasyMedia 480W dual fan, blue LED
    MONITOR: BenQ FP72G+S 8ms 17" LCD
    CPU FAN: Thermaltake Venus 12
    CASE: Thermaltake Tsunami Dream (silver w/ side window)
    I/O: M$ wireless keyboard+mouse combo
    SPEAKERS: Creative Inspire P5800 5.1 speaker system
    Extras: 1x80mm fan

    The speakers are pretty terrible, but oh well, I practically never listen to music on my computer (iPod). :grinthumb
  18. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Gameing System:
    Processer: Intel Pentium 4 extreme edition 3.4 ghz $1010
    CPU Cooler Thermaltake CL-P0030 $40
    Motherboard:Intel 915G BTX formfactor $ 225
    Video Card:ATI Radeon 800XT $320
    RAM:4 GB corsair pc 3200 $660
    Sound Card:Turtle Beach Montego $80
    Hard Drive 1: Western Digital Raptor 150GB $300
    Hard Drive 2:Western Digital Caviar RE 250GB $115
    DVD-/+RW:NEC Dual Layer 16x $50
    DVD-ROM: Hatachi 16x $35
    Case:Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000SWA Silver in BTX config $230
    TV tuner card:AVerMedia MTVPVR15P $65
    Power Supply:pC Power&Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 $230
    OS:Windows XP Media Center Edition$150
    Floppy Drive:SONY Black Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 $10

    Total: $3520

    Processer: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (socket 754 Claw Hammer core) $120
    CPu Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Silencer64UltraTC $18
    Motherboard: MSI K8MM-V $69
    Memory: 1GB Kingston PC 3200 $100
    Video Card:MSI GeForce FX 5200 $50
    Sound Card:Seal 32 bit 6 CH $30
    DVD-rom:Teac 16x $40
    Hard Drive1: Seagate Barracuda 500GB $380
    Hard Drive 2:Seagate Barracuda 500GB $380
    Tape Drive:SONY SDX-700V/R 260GB AIT-3 $1360
    Rev Drive:Iomega 90GB $280
    Case:Antec Solution 1650 Beige $75
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 470 $99
    OS:Redhat Enterprise Linux $1115
    Floppy Drive:Alps electric co. Beige Floppy Drive $10

    Total: $4126
  19. l33t_tek

    l33t_tek TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Mine's a frugal computer
    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-K8NS-Ultra-939 S939
    CPU: Athlon 64 3200+ S939
    RAM: Kingston 256x2 Dual Channel
    GPU: Gigabyte X600 Pro 128MB TVOut DVI PCIE16x
    HD: Seagate 200GB 7200RPM 8MB, Seagate40GB 5400RPM
    CD-ROM: Samsung 52x52x32 CD-RW
    PSU: 400W P4 PSU
    MONITOR: Hitachi 17" CM615 CRT

    Total Price: $600AUD
    It was a bit of a rip off of about $100 when I realised a computer shop down the road from where I usually buy my computer parts was cheaper >.<
  20. TKJay15

    TKJay15 TS Rookie Posts: 29

    My System:

    Monitor: Sony SDM-S94 Flat Pannel- $600(already owned so $0 for this comp)
    Speakers: Altec Lansing 2-Channel-$30
    Mouse/Keyboard- Logitech Wireless EX110-$36.50
    Case- Aspire X-Dreamer w/400watt PSU-$50
    CPU- AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (venice core)-$161.40
    HD-Maxtor Diamond Max 200GB 7200RPM-$88
    RAM- 2x512mb Ultra PC3200 running DC- $55(already had a stick)
    MOBO- Asrock 939Dual-SATA2- $80
    Video Card-Sapphire X1300 pro PCIE 16x 256mb-$101
    PSU- XG Vigor 450watt-$47
    DVD/CD- NEC 16x DVD burner-$50(from another comp also)
    Case fan-120mm Aspire-$7

    Total(everything): $1360.90
    Total(only new stuff):$649.90

    All purchases from Zip zoom fly and New Egg (both had awesome shipping 2days!)
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I forget all the details of the mess of a transaction I had with MacMall. But I got that $1999 15" Powerbook G4 1.67, with the superdrive. So I paid a little less than that (because I actually ordered the 1.5 but they ran out of stock after I ordered), but then a bit more after I upped it to 1.5Gigs of ram, but then a little less after the rebates came in.
  22. fury

    fury TS Rookie

    Hey, what a coincidence...Mine began life as a Compaq too (don't remember from where, got it for my 14th birthday, almost 7 years ago :grinthumb)

    Compaq Presario 5150
    K6-2 350
    8gb Quantum Bigfoot (Bigslow)
    Integrated ATI Rage LT 4 mb

    Now: (Prices when I bought the components..I'd be sad if I compared to current prices)
    Antec SX1200: $120
    Antec Neo HE 500: $140
    Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI: $80
    Athlon 64 X2 3800+: $350
    2gb OCZ PC3200 2-3-2-5 ram: $240
    Geforce 7800 GT: $400
    Memorex 16x DVD DL burner: $130
    Optorite 48x CD burner: $50
    WD Raptor 740GD (74gb SATA): $150
    Maxtor 6B300S0 (300gb SATA): $180
    Linksys WMP54G: $50
    Soundblaster Live: $40
    Logitech Cordless Desktop: $130
    KDS 19" CRT: $300
    Klipsch Promedia v.2-400: $200?

    Total: $2560

    Although the grand total is far more than that since basically I've just upgraded the computer instead of building a new one time after time.
  23. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    My last biuld;

    Athlon 3200+ Venice $154
    AsRock DualSATA2, $68
    OCZ Gold VX 2x512 $148 (refurbished)
    Radeon 9200 (had already) $60
    FSP 450w PSU $49
    Case and fans were free, old drives, keyboard, monitor...
    -$479 +shipping

    Time for some upgrades. PCI-E video comming soon.

    Biuld before that;

    Intel 540, $118 off Ebay.
    Asus P5P800, $46 (refurbished)
    OCZ Gold R2 2x256 $80
    Rosewill radeon 9600 $39 (refurbished, with coupon)
    Sky Hawk/Eagle Tech Alunimum case $18 (on sale) alot like a Lian-Li
    old Cooler Master 350w PSU I had from another case, old drives, keyboard, monitor...
    -$301 +shipping

    need more upgrades...I swaped the 540 with my 530j and added a silver NEC DVD/RW for $40.

    I feel cheap. :grinthumb
  24. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    I bought a dell and modified it a lot sot here r the prices:

    Original Dell - $470
    -2.26 ghz
    -512 mb
    -40 gb hdd
    -**** mobo
    -**** power supply (185 watts)
    -very sturdy but a bit too small case

    -ASUS P4P800E Deluxe $140
    -All-in-wonder 9800PRO $250
    -512 stick $40 (boxing day sale)
    -DVD-ROM $30
    -New Case and PSU $80
    -Fan controller $60
    -Cyber Acoustics 2.1 68 watts speakers $60
    -Logitech MX 510 $25
    -Slim Keyboard $40
    -Webcam $35

    Thats $1200 Exactly... Remember i live in Canada so prices are higher
  25. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Antec P180 case $140
    Antec Phantom 500 PSU $175
    AMD 64 X2 4400 $490
    2x1gb Mushkin Red Line PC4000 Ram $348
    Asus A8N-SLI Premium $229
    Asus EN7800GT TOP SILENT $449
    SoundBlaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum $229
    ATi TV Wonder Pro $79
    300gb Maxtor SATA HDD $179
    4x80gb WD HDDS RAID 0 $359
    Sony DRU710A DL-DVD $99
    Plextor PX-716SA/SW $139
    Klipsch ProMedia DD-5.1 Preamp $167
    Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Speakers $399
    Dell 2405FPW 24" Widescreen Monitor $800

    $4281 Plus tax/Shipping

    Upcoming changes;

    Scrap the Asus mobo for a DFI
    Scrap the Asus GPU for a BFG
    Scrap the ATI TV Tuner for a FusionHDTV
    Replace the 4x80gb WD for 4x150GB WD Raptors

    Then I will just have to wait for Lexicon or Meridian to make a REAL sound card.
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