Weekend Open Forum: Your most regretted tech purchase?

By Matthew ยท 129 replies
Mar 16, 2012
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  1. iPod touch, my gtx 470, because I could have bought a gtx 580 for the same price and have a quiet graphics card.
  2. ipad 2...what a piece of crap. Luckily Apple store took it back after I complained.
  3. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 236   +50

    Probably my first personal pc back in 96. My so called expert buddy went to Comp usa with my wife and she forked $1,800 on Pentium 166 Compaq Presario. It was good for Diablo but terrible for Tomb Raider. Like a poster above I purchased the Sony Cybershot 7.2 MP at Sears and it was expensive and completely it stunk in low light situations. I built my first pc in 98 and never looked back..

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    That thumbnail looked like something from star streak. Not sure though...
  5. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    I regretted buying a pre-built HP before selling it and building my own PC. I then regretted not going with an i7-2600K in the first place. But I guess its a lesson learned to do tons of research before diving into anything, especially electronics. A bit of patience and research pays off.
  6. What? No mention of the iPad 3 on Friday's Techspot when it went on sale that day? That said, my worst tech thing was a Macbook Pro. Luckily Frys took it back for a full refund. It was fine until I ran updates. Then, it got at least 8 things wrong with it, and I can remember 4. Of course, it didn't run windows programs, as expected. It didn't work with wireless n. Firefox crashed on the simplest sites. It didn't scroll. I don't remember the other 4. Their forums listed various people with these problems. For such an expensive machine, it should be nearly perfect, like my Toshiba laptop.
  7. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    I bought a Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and a few weeks later the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G LTE came out.
  8. I hate Macs with a passion. My father bought one for $3000 back in 97. It was the biggest piece of garbage to ever exist on this earth. The price is completely unfathomable.
  9. seanp789

    seanp789 TS Enthusiast Posts: 111

    Sadly, I recently replace my Tai Chi case for a Silverstone case and it is now collecting dust.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    OH, you are right, I was half way through a rebuttal when I realized my error. Replace 8800GTS with 7800GS :D
  11. iPod Touch 4th Gen 32GB - Useful device and much faster than previous models, but definitely not worth $300.
  12. AMD Radeon video cards 4000 & 5000 series, everything from XFX to Gigabyte. All were failures in terms of drivers, fan noise and general reliability (RAM failures, capacitors).

    After switching back to nVidia I haven't looked back. :)
  13. Buying a 1st generation Asus EEE;
    Part solid state HD, part SATA.
    Keyboard quit after two weeks.
  14. PATA drives.
    I have 4 500 gig PATA drives lying around. New motherboards don't support and anyone chasing PATA drives can't use because of the 120 gig limit.
  15. Pioy

    Pioy TS Rookie

    Celeron WIilamette, definitely. Pucharsed long long time ago together with low end motherboard, as a kid. Could buy KT333 mobo with Duron 1,3 for even bit lower price, and has mobo proper even for hi end K7 cpu's like Barton mobile upgrade.
  16. Biggest regret: Pr-ordering Crysis 2. I would quote the appropriate line from 'Henry V' if I knew it, something about poisoning the very element of trust. I haven't made a pre-order since, and don't plan to.
  17. My Zune HD ahahah

    I even preordered it because I was so excited.
  18. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +13

    3x 8800 Ultras for $750 each to run Crysis. Man, nothing could run that game. What a waste that was. I learned my lesson though. What? Those 580 Classy Ultras in my rig? You see, what had happened was... :)
  19. 2 things:
    - pre built Atom/ion HTPC. it was just too limited. e.g. you were able to play 1080p but just with media player classic, vlc didn't work. After approx. 1 year it was too much pain in the a** to always make sure, that you don't put too much load on it.

    - For my first PC build I bought a incredible expensive Ati (AMD?) 4870X2. Not gonna buy another CF or SLI setup anymore, you just end up waiting longer for dirvers and having more problems in general.
  20. Symantec Altiris 7.1. Thankfully they let me downgrade to version 6.9
  21. Nintendo Wii... bought it, moded it and never touched it again....
  22. Kraemepoo

    Kraemepoo TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +20

    HP ipaq PDA
    It was a great product, Gave me handheld wifi in a day where it was carry a laptop or nothing. But then shorty after, smart phones gave me the ability to access the web without having to carry a second device. The day I got my first smart phone was the last day I turned on the Ipaq.

    Never making that mistake again, never buying a tablet. I see no need for any product in between a phone & laptop.
  23. Davidoff

    Davidoff TS Member Posts: 46

    Bought a fake 9800gt when i built my first pc :(......still hurts
  24. GTX 480 for $500 around the same time my son was abandoning pc for consoles. It's been gathering dust for eighteen months.
  25. Ithryl

    Ithryl TS Rookie Posts: 53


    - HTC HD Pro - sluggish, useless brick
    - my current Enermax case - keeps on vibrating and I can't seem to isolate where it's coming from - repalced all the fans but it didn't make much difference
    - Thermalte UFO CPU fan - didn't make enough research prior to the purchase, cooling wasn't much better than the box fan, it was loud (very very loud) and the light it emitted could cause a seizure


    Dragon Age II - stupid combat system, boring characters (most of them), repeating zones (that weren't fun even for the first time)
    Mafia II - worst purchase I ever made when it comes to games - stupid AI, half of the things that were supposed to be implement weren't, I could go on for quite a while

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