How Expensive Was Your PC?

By Vehementi · 74 replies
Feb 8, 2003
  1. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Adding up all my upgrades since I got my PC custom-built, I've spent around Dhs. 18000 thats around $5000, including my latest X1900XTX I ordered from Amazon :approve:
    Of course, the fact that I have a job and I live with my parents helps... ;)
  2. Jono91

    Jono91 TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Yeah I'm from Australia as well and i got most of my parts from eBay:

    (All AU Prices)
    Celeron 2.6Ghz CPU w/heatsink - $95
    1GB Generic 400Mhz PC3200 DDR RAM - $100
    MSI PX-8 Neo-V MOBO - $89
    16x Dual Layer DVD Burner - $69
    Black Floppy Drive - $12
    200Gb Samsung IDE HD
    GeForce FX 5500 256-bit 256Mb DDR Graphics Card - $85
    Yellow Alienware look-alike case w/two fans and lights - $110 (Pic Attached)
    Microsoft Black Leather Wireless Intellimouse - $65
    Matching Microsoft Spill-Proof comfort curve keyboard - $40
    Soloman 5.1 home theatre system - Bargain at $55
    And My 17" acer monitor which i already had

    All up that is AU$848 which is US$637

    Attached is a pic of my case

    Attached Files:

  3. mattw

    mattw TS Rookie Posts: 88

    i did buy a ready made system costing £1000 including monitor etc. i then added several new parts.

    original spec is

    AMD 64 3400+ 2.4 ghz socket 754
    Nvidia Geforce FX5500
    200GB Seagate Baracuda HDD
    1024Mb Samsung PC3200 RAM
    Windows XP Home

    they are the main bit to it, i did come with wireless keyboard, mouse etc. it is a Hewlett Packard PC.

    i have added a new PSU as the previous one was only 250Watt lol, i got an

    Antec TrueBlue 430W PSU £50

    i also added a new gfx card

    HIS ATI Radeon X850XT PE 256mb costing £330

    im currently building a new system keeping my PSU and GPU

    im buying a

    AMD 64 4000+ £230
    2 x 512mb Dual Channel Crucial Ballistix Memory PC3200 £85
    DFI Lanparty UT Nf3 Ultra mobo £65
    Cheiftec Dragon Case - £50
    WD Raptor HDD 74GB 10,000rpm - £120

    thats it for now anything i havnt mentioned ive already got lol :)
  4. WiggyUK

    WiggyUK TS Rookie

    Can't be asked to write out my system specs and what they cost but my main PC cost: £2,100.00 GBP which is to this day $3,698.26 USD. If you want to see my specs have a look at my profile :angel: .

    My other specs for my other PC that I built myself cost £3,400.00 GBP which is $5,988.89 USD. Again, have a look at my profile :).
  5. JMag034

    JMag034 TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Thermaltake Soprano : $80
    OCZ Powerstream 520w: $120
    Opteron 146: $225
    2x256mb KHX BH5: $80
    2x1gb g skill NT: $140
    Thermaltake XP90c w/ delta: $60
    watercooling: $150
    singlestage phase change:$450
    samsung 712n monitor:250
    PCI-MX440: $40
    DFI NF4 ultra-d: $130
  6. Cartz

    Cartz TS Rookie Posts: 82

    Oh boy, I've never actually done this before, and I bet I'm gonna be shocked

    (All Prices in $CAD - some current Prices, not what i neccessarily paid)

    Athlon64 3200 - $189.00
    Asus A8N-SLI - $142.00
    2 Gb Corsair Twinx XMS (2x $160.00) = $320.00
    200Gb WD CaviarSE 8Mb - $105.00
    16x LG DVD-Burner - $49.00
    Radeon X800GTO2 - $254.00
    Enermax SLI 535W PS - $135.00
    Coolermaster Cavalier - $119.00
    System Total - $1313

    Logitech G5 - $73.00
    Compact Keyboard (noname) - $20.00
    Klispch Promedia 4.1 - $499.00
    Dell 2405WFP - $899
    NEC Multisync 1700+ - $199 (just a guess, I paid > $1k when I got it in '01)
    XBox Controller - $39.00
    Peripherals Total - $1629

    Total = $2942 CAD Roughly for my system, not as bad as I thought...

    But if you notice, it's not complete, the mobo and PS indicate what is to come when the 7900 hits store shelves. :)
  7. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

    I just got a new system.

    Generic Case and PSU: Free.
    Athlon XP 2400: Free.
    1.25GB DDR2700 Ram: Free.
    120GB Maxtor Hard Drive: $30.
    eVga 6600GT: $120.
    Generic CD-RW: Free.
    Sound Blaster Live! 24bit: $30.
    External 8X Iomega Super DVD: Free.
    Sony 17in Flatpanel Display: Free.
    Floppy Drive: Free.
    IBM Keyboard and Logitech Mouse: Free.

    Ability to run Far Cry at 75FPS: Priceless.

    Lol, thought that looked like a visa ad!

    Total Cost: $180.

    Runs Like a dream!
  8. bulisani

    bulisani TS Rookie

    one of mines was $50 for asus mobo
    some body i know was throwing away a p4, so i :hotbounce jumped on in.

    1gb memory (i still have 3 512memory memory sticks)
    250g hd
    P4 HT
    CD-RW: Free.
    Dvd ROM
    Sony 19 CRT Display okay you thinking it's a crt but igot it for free and it's 19
    Floppy Drive

    i ma post the spec of my main pc on the next post :p
  9. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    This is my main rig, folding for 11413:

    Asus P5P800 mobo, $94
    530j cpu, $1859 (swaped with my 540 - runs 3.8ghz 24/7)
    Freezer 7 HSF, $32
    Antec TruePower 430w PSU, $100
    2xpqiPOWER 512mb PC3200, $80
    Cooler Master Cavalier Black Case, $65
    x800gto, $150 (over 5100 on 3dmark05)
    Viewsonic VA2012wb 20in widscreen, $400(AWESOME)
    Samsung DVD-RW, $40 - better tham my NEC!
    Samsung DVD-ROM, $25
    Samsung Floppy, $9
    Western Digital SE16 250gb SATA2 hard drive, $105
    Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, $25
    Speakers(homemade/w HT receiver) $250(keyboard is great, mouse is just okay)
    TV wonder, $85
    120mm fan, $20(replaced the Cooler Master one for more CFM)

    $1685 - sure I missed something... :giddy:
    Soon to be replaced with a E6700 Conroe! Was going to put a x1900 on my Asrock, but it's kinda on the fritz and need to save for that $530 FX beater, mobo, and DDR2! :cool:

    Say what you will about Intel. I own both, and this is my best rig. Beats my Venice at anything. It ismore stable, faster and quieter.
  10. charvey

    charvey TS Rookie Posts: 19

    AMD Sempron 2800+ $83
    ASUS K8N-E $94
    ASUS V9520 $54
    Seagate 120GB 8MB $32
    NEC ND 3550 $43
    Creative SB Live! $32
    Antec 350W $51
    Samsung 4.1GB free
    Western Digital 1.3GB free
    HP CD burner free
    POST screen Priceless!


    .....and $349 for the 19" ViewSonic LCD with 3ms refresh rate
  11. seanp789

    seanp789 TS Enthusiast Posts: 111

    My system has been improving over the last couple years.

    Its up to $10,000+

    2 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 screens, 2 keyboard/mice, and a hifi custom 6.2 surround sound system.
  12. tmaxxracer111

    tmaxxracer111 TS Rookie

    emachine 700id

    320mb ram
    120gb maxtor
    xp bone edition

    free just had to buy the hardrive
  13. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    Here we go

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 754 - $136
    Nforce3 250 Gigabyte - $65
    2 sticks 512 DDR 400 - $80
    Geforce 6600GT Leadtek - $140
    Case, side window + lights - $60
    17in CRT flat screen - $120
    80GB Samsung HD - $65
    Mouse + Keyboard - $30
    Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit - $20 = $716

    I have upgraded over the past couple yeras. Real price is probably around $1,000.
  14. taylub

    taylub TS Enthusiast Posts: 127

    i got 3

    Alienware ALX
    Nvidia 7900 GTX SLI
    500GB at 7200 RPM
    intel 3.37 D extreme ( something like that)
    liquid cooling
    PhyX card :) they are real
    Alienwares PSU at 650 watts
    total $7200

    Sony Vaio laptop
    Core duo processor
    Nvidia 7400 mobile
    120 GB at 5200 Rpms
    total $2700

    HP pavillion desktop
    3.0 intel solo
    250 GB hd at 5200 Rpm
    ATI radeon Viper
    total $500

    Samsung 193P 19in (alienware) $1800
    Samsung LCD TV 32in 4000to1 contrast $2000(HP pavillion)

    grand total $14,200

    I guess they are getting cheaper only if you are budgeting
  15. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    e6400 cpu: $235 (
    Intel BLKDP965LTCK Motherboard: $119.99 (
    2gb (2 x 1gb) pc6400 RAM: $342 (
    Antec Sonata II case: $89.99 (
    Antec Smartpower 450Watt PSU: See above
    Gigabyte 7600gt Silent Pipe II: $169.99 (
    2 x 250gb SATAII 7200RPM 8mb Cache Western Digital Caviar: $159.98 (
    2 x Dual layer 16x DVD burner: $57.98 (
    Panasonic Floppy Drive: $10

    that is $1184.93 by my calculations.

    Add my monitor and youre sitting on $1400. Keep in mind that things here in Australia are more expensive so thats $1500.

    This is without speakers, mouse, keyboard so add another $200.


  16. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I built mine for around $200.00

    Intel Celeron D 2.66ghz @ 3.00ghz
    512 Mb. Ram
    Via P4m800 Pro Motherboard
    Mid-Size Atx Case
    160gb. 7200rpm Western Digital Caviar SE Hard Drive
    450 Watt Generic Power Supply
    S3 UniChrome Pro IGP Graphics
    Old CRT Monitor

    Parents Computer Went for $1099.99

    Sony Vaio VGC-RB33GY
    3.6ghz Intel P4 560J w/HT
    1gb of DDR PC3200 Ram
    250 GB 7200RPM Maxtor HD
    Ati Radeon X300 w/128mb
    Mid-Tower Atx Case
    301 Wall Generic Power Supply
    TV Tuner
    19" LCD Monitor
  17. Superinc

    Superinc TS Rookie Posts: 66

    lets see ..

    system bulid 2003
    AMD 2500+ $119
    Vantec HSF $30
    ABIT NF7S $120
    CorsairXMS 1gb DDR400 $240
    Enermax 350watt psu $70
    ATI 9600XT 128DDR $160
    MaXtor9 80 ATA133 8mb $80
    MaXtor10 160 16mb $80
    DVDRW drives $80
    aero panel2/HDDcooler $40
    Crystal fonts LCD screen $60
    Benq 17" LCD $ 420
    Sharp 5.1 HTS $440
    Razer Mouse,logitech kb $80
    Leadtek Tv tuner $50
    Case/fans/neons/grilles/cables $200

    total= $2269+
    this was overtime some parts were upgraded not mention

    street value today = $400 :(
  18. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

    My desktop pc cost about £500. I bought most stuff later on and I can't remember the prices accuratly, but anyway:

    P4 3.0 ghz with mobo and ram (512MB), and Geforce 5200FX bundle: £350 IIRC
    New Case: £25
    New 120GB HD: £60
    New CPU Fan: £40
    HD Cooler: £40
    New 17" Monitor: £160
    New XFX 6600GT: £120
  19. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Posts: 429

    In my profile, System #1 was El cheapo. The Performance that it got in 2003 may have cost about 500-700$ (Bought by Grandma!). System #2 is a system I designed for my grandmother. The price range was in 1000-1400$. And, it has some pretty great features and performance, even with a VERY low-end graphics card.
  20. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I don't think it's where we live, but how we got our computers. I am pretty sure about half (or more) of the people here built there computers as well, but bought most of the stuff cheap online. Especially on (if you live in the US). How did you end up paying $600 Australian on a GeForce 4 Ti? It's about $50-$60 Here online.
  21. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    System specs on my sig...

    CPU: 99
    Mobo: 67.99
    HDD: 56
    VGA: 109.99
    Case: 50
    DVD Burner: 30
    17" LCD: 200
    Optical mouse: 7
    Speakers: 20
    PSU: 38.99

    Grand total: 678.97 :)
  22. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    You were looking at a post from 2003:) . The price may well have been that high back then.
  23. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    True, but that still seems expensive even from then (wasn't that card about a year old then?). I didn't see the date :)
  24. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Posts: 429

    System #1, El Cheapo, is my family's comp, made in 2003. System #2, my grandmother's photo lab and my "gaming" station, was built last year, about spring. For specs, cilck my name and look under System #1 for El Cheapo, and System #2 for Big Tower. (Note: System #1 is a Compaq Presario S5010NX).
  25. Moimit

    Moimit TS Rookie Posts: 76

    Intel E6300 $320
    GA-965P-S3 $209
    2g kit Corsair VS 667 $250
    6600GT 256mb (575/1100) $320 (kept from old one)
    LG H10A 16x DL $45
    2x400g $350each(kept from old one)
    200g SataII Samsung $91
    ANTEC NEOHE 500 $156

    I think that comes to a little over $2k but i've also spent about $500 on Zalman cooling + case + surge protectors and wireless stuff
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