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Weekend Open Forum: How much have you spent on your PC?

By Scorpus · 69 replies
Aug 30, 2014
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  1. Most of us here on TechSpot are PC enthusiasts, spending a fair bit of cash over the years to build an awesome system for productivity, gaming and browsing the fantastic realm of the internet. And of course, every few months...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    $70 for an 8GB kit of Corsair RAM for my gaming laptop $50 for two cooling pads that don't do jack haha. About $60 on peripherals if those count.
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

    Did my wife put you up to this tim? :p
    Pioy, Peter Farkas, Burty117 and 5 others like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,363   +2,872

    My current PC cost me about $4500 (including the monitor), which I got exactly 1 year ago:

    CPU: i7-4770K @ 4.6GHz
    MB: Asus Maximus VI Hero
    Memory: 32GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-19200 2400MHz
    Graphics: MSI NVidia GTX 780
    Monitor: DELL U3014
    Storage: 2 x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, 2 x Western Digital Caviar 3TB
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D
    PSU: Corsair HX850 PLUS Gold
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    Wireless: Asus PCE-AC66 1300Mbps
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, with Start8
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  5. Procesor : i5 Hasswell K version 240 USD
    MOBO : MSI z87-GD65 Gaming : 200 USD
    Harddrives : Samsung Evo 250 GB 180 USD, Hitachi 2TB HDD : 100 USD
    Case : Cooler MAster HAf stack : 100 USD
    PSU : XFX Bronze 850W : 80 USD
    KEyboard : Coller MAster Quick Fire Compact : 100 USD
    Mouse : Razer Naga Hex LEague of Legends Edition : 80 USD
    Headset : Logitech Wireless G90 : 100 USD
    GPU : MSI 780 TI 3GB Twinforz Gaming Edition : 730 USD
    Monitor : 2x Asus VG248QE 600USD
    Controllers : Xbox 360 Wireless USB 20 USD, NES,SNES,N64 USB controllers 30 USD for ALL
    Aimtrak Light Gun for Arcade Games 100 USD

    Total : 2660 USD

    Future upgrades:
    Noactua CPU cooler
    Samsung 850 500GB SSD
    1 Asus VG248QE
    1 Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Keyboard
    MSI 780 TI 3 GB Twinforz Gaming (SLI)

    I started this build about a year Ago and im paying a House and have a 2 year Old now.
    Not to mention that my Weeks pay is about 200 USD

  6. Forgot to add the RAM :
    16 GB G Skill Tritton 2400MHZ 200 USD

    Total : 2860 USD
  7. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +9

    Not enough...
  8. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 272   +189

    Forgive me, but I don't feel like doing a total break down. But my tower cost me 1400 to build 3 years ago. I've upgraded and added hard drives and such. With my headset keyboard, xbox controller and monitor.

    I'm around $2500 total now.
    at0mic_Mike likes this.
  9. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 95   +14

    My current PC cost me about $5000 which I got a few months ago to start my 3D freelance from home.
    CPU: i7-4930K
    MB: Asus Rampage Black
    Memory: 64 GB DDR3 2400 Dominator RAM
    Graphics: Nvidia 780 TI (2 in SLI)
    Monitor: Acer 240 hz 24 inch Monitor
    Storage: 2 x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, 2 x Western Digital Caviar 3TB
    Case: CM Storm (White Color)
    PSU: Silencer MKIII 1200W (White Color)
    OS: Windows 7 64 Bit Pro
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  10. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 95   +14

    Forgive me, my storage is actually 500 GB SSD for boot. 500 GB Velicorapter for Games. About 6 TB storage for everything else.
  11. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 163   +221

    I built around a $400 Cyberpower PC I got for my birthday a few years ago. Since then, I've added:

    Core i7 3770k - $300
    Corsair CX600 - $60
    Radeon HD 7870 - $200

    Planned upgrades are a new motherboard to replace the crappy Biostar one it came with (no more than $150), a Blu-ray drive, and an SSD (no more than $250). When any of those upgrades happen is anyone's guess, given how little I'm making right now.
  12. henryjhealy

    henryjhealy TS Rookie

    CPU: i5-3570K @ 3.4GHz
    MB: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
    Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
    Graphics: MSI 660Ti OC
    Monitor: 1 x Asus VS228H, 1 x AOC E2461FWH, 1 x BenQ RL2455HM
    Storage: 1 x Samsung 830 Series 256GB, 1 x Seagate Barracude Spinpoint 1TB 7200RPM
    Case: Corsair Carbide 300R
    PSU: Corsair TX750 Enthusiast Series
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
    Wireless: TP Link 300Mbps
    OS: Windows 7 Premium

    It was about €2,000 so about $2,600 roughly.
  13. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    I Consider it the same PC as long as no more than 60% is upgraded at any one time .. so I'm at..
    $7,565.49 as of June 1st 2014. Build began in 2011.
    Same Case
    3 CPU's (i7 Sandy, i7 Ivy, and i7 Haswell)
    6 Motherboards,
    5 VGA Cards, (4 Nvidia, 1 AMD)
    11 HDD's,
    2 SSD's, (Both Samsung)
    5 Optical Drives (1 BluRay Burner, 4 DVD Burners)
    22 Fans (Save yourself the time and money and just get the Gentle Typhoon!!),
    4 Radiators,
    3 CPU Waterblocks,
    40 feet of Tubing,
    65 different water fittings,
    4 reservoirs,
    3 fan controllers,
    2 card readers,
    10 Cold Cathode tubes,
    and 25 fan filters ... whew..
  14. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,143   +1,307

    I got about 4K into my big rig.

    Haha @ all you suckers who have owned Sandy, Ivy and initial Haswell :p. Hey its just money right?
    With Haswell-E 8 cores releasing now I can finally justify upgrading from my X58 build still humming along @ 4.0Ghz 24/7 5 years later and pushing games like a boss.
  15. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,394   +296

    If I'm not mistaken, the only pc parts I bought:
    1. this year is a 1tb Toshiba hdd to replace my dead two 3tb Seagate hdd.
    2. last year is an asus gtx650.

    ...have yet to buy Samsung series 3 gaming monitor 23" full hd, 2ms, now available at local store.
    ...will buy it when I purchase my next NVidia gtx860 or gtx870 (hopefully soon).

    two years ago:
    i5-3570k (ph purchased), asrock z77 extereme 4 (u.s.), 2x8gb ddr3-1600 gskill ripjaws (u.s.)
  16. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Evangelist Posts: 419   +133

    My first build was around $1500 for DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra motherboard (I used the pencil hack to enable SLI), Athlon64 X2 3200+ CPU, 1GB OCZ DDR RAM, WD 74GB Raptor, MSI 6600GT GPU, NEC DVD-RW drive, Thermaltake Tsunami Dream mid-tower, OCZ 500w modular PSU, Saitek Gamer's backlit keyboard, Hyundai 19" LCD monitor, Logitech MX1000 cordless laser mouse, Logitech 5.1 speakers, and a Windows XP OEM license. I overspent on motherboard, memory, and hard drive, and underspent on CPU and especially GPU.

    Over the years I spent probably another $500 to upgrade the CPU to a 4000+, double the RAM, replace the GPU with an 8800GT, and add a DVD-ROM.

    When I built a new system, I spent about $800 on an Asus P5Q Pro LGS775 motherboard, Core 2 Duo E8500, 2 GB OCZ Fatal1ty edition RAM, 600x OCZ PSU, WD 640GB HDD, and a Windows Vista license. I kept the case, Raptor, and peripherals, and put all the rest of the old stuff (along with a $20 fanless GPU and a 640GB HDD) in a new $50 case for my wife to replace her Dell desktop.

    Since then I have gone through a GTX260 GPU ($180) and a 480GTX ($220), upgraded to a 24" Asus monitor ($180), replaced the PSU ($80), added a Noctua 120mm case fan to the side window ($15), upgraded to Windows 7 ($80) replaced the mouse twice (Logitech MX1100 for about $80, and then a G700s for $50), and I picked up an OCZ Alchemy Elixir keyboard for a dollar after MIR.

    All told, with the things I have listed here and the things I missed, I've probably spent about four grand on hardware and OSs building and expanding since 2004, and I have two functioning computers out if it plus assorted spare parts and things such as old GPUs installed in other family PCs. I'd love to spend another $400 on an LGA1150 mobo, Core i5 4690K, and 8GB DDR3 RAM, but financial priorities and responsibilities have changed over the years, so I'll be rockin this Core 2 Duo for as long as it lasts!
  17. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Been building my own systems since the 8086 days, SIP memory, ISA cards, Ad-lib sound cards, 8-16bit graphics wars, co processors. Good times, I think my most expensive, comparatively, was a Supermicro dual PII? PIII? ( can't remember), 500mhz ( yeah, 1 ghz!), with 6gb of EEC DDR ram, a Evans and Sutherland 5000 dual GPU graphics card and a 16 RISC chip, 4gb Raid renderdrive, dual 20" trinitron Viewsonic monitors when I was doing animation.. approximate cost was $ 26,000 in 00-01' Can't remember the actual date.

    Sadly, it was still 1/2 the price of an SGI machine that ran at 1/2 the speed.
  18. Prices of components at the time I bought them.

    Thermaltake tower: 150
    Asus mobo: 120
    AMD 955 black: 160
    RAM: 80
    PSU: 80
    GTX 560TI: 275
    G15 keyboard: 75
    Generic laser mouse: 15
    Wireless headset: 100
    Dual 20" screens: 400 for both
    5.1 surround: 150
    120Gb SSD: 200
    2-1Tb HDD: 300
    Huge heatsink: 50

    Total: $2155.00

    Pretty cheap actually for an all around PC which can run decent games. Who wants to tally the value of their Steam library????
  19. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,093   +1,545

    My last full-blown build from top to bottom was two years ago. Spent roughly $2,700 on it. Worth every damn penny. :)
  20. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    I've put ~$2500cdn into each of the 4-5 builds I've done for myself. Back in the day I would buy a new part about every 2 months, but now the hardware that was once "obsolete" in 6 months is now good for ~2 years or more.

    Software definitely needs to catch up to hardware for it to be as desirable as it was a few years ago.
  21. Just built a cheap gaming rig from scratch for just under £100.
    Gigabyte AM3 Mobo - £14
    AMD Phenom X3 8600 - £14
    4GB DDR2 RAM - £9
    HIS Radeon 6850 - £35
    500GB HDD - £11
    Hiper 530Watt PSU - £15
    19" LCD - £1

    If your patient there's some good deals out there.
  22. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +205

    My Main PC - $4000+ I haven't priced it out completely. That does include peripherals. I recently built a PC for my fiance and I think I put around $2500 or so into it.
  23. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Built 2 custom machines, one for music/gaming/android and one as an htpc. Spent about $1000 on each, but got most parts at half price reading chicago tribune newspaper ads. Really relavant. had to replace five poser supplies in the first as the fans always make noise. A power failure knocked out the second hard drive in the first and the video card. The first holds 2 memory sticks and a total of 3 went out. All parts were guaranteed except the video card. Had that one 7 years and the outer 3. Really like custom built machines because I always am easily able to repair them. Have a toshiba laptop for 10 years and I've upgraded the memory twice and the hard disk. Both toshiba hard disks have that same firmware error that haunted seagate, but no fixes are issued. The first computer had that problem too. The laptop cost $450 in 2004 and upgrading cost about $400.
  24. bacondreamer

    bacondreamer TS Rookie

    My current machine was built almost 5 years ago, some parts have been replaced since then....

    CPU: Intel i7-965X $1025
    Mobo: EVGA X79 SLI $279
    Mem: Crucial Ballistix 12GB (2GBx5) DDR3-1333 $370
    PSU: Corsair HX1000 $190
    Case: Cooler Master HAF $150
    GPU: 2x EVGA nVidia GTX295 $1000
    HDD: 2x WD 150GB Velociraptor in RAID 0 $600
    3x Seagate Barracuda 1TB in RAID 5 $360
    Optical: Bluray Writer $200
    Monitor: Dual Samsung 24" $360

    Total : ~$4534 + Miscellaneous supplies
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  25. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +632

    I recall spending $190 for 4 mb ram to play Doom..so take it from there.

    Succinctly, a Pantload !

    I do however try to sell gear before it becomes worthless

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