What’s the most you have ever spent on a computer?
Over 4 grand for my current one - late 2013 Mac Pro
The most I have spent was probably a Sony Vaio laptop in the 2000s. Was over 1200 GBP, nice and slim for the time and had a fantastic display. Since then I haven’t really spent nearly as much and it’s hard to quantify as I replace parts as needed. My most recent spend was A$600 on parts (motherboard, CPU, RAM, video card).
I’ll probably spend A$2500 next year on a Macbook Pro though…
I always build my own PCs. So let’s see, for the most expensive ($CDN), probably:
$200 Cooler (closed liquid)
$4,700 or over $5k after misc other items and taxes and [advance recycling] fees
Luckily I didn’t spend it all at once, as I could add onto it over time.
The most I ever spent was many years ago. I bought a Dell Pentium 90 when it first came out - back in the 1990s. I paid $3k for that one. It was state of the art at the time…
I have 4 computers now - but, I don’t do anything that needs a ton of computing power anymore.
I like a lot of RAM That PC has 128G of RAM.
That’s one beast of a system.
Actually, I probably spent a fair amount on a Commodore Amiga 4000, 4MB memory, 100MB HD, accelerator card, Picasso graphics card, flicker fixed, but still nowhere near that cost…
I guess this is the right place to mention the UVRGM from The New Screen Savers episodes 40-47 or so.
@Leo can comment on how crazy it was to buy
I ordered all the parts on Amazon and Newegg, actually. It was an easy build thanks to PCPer - Ryan Shrout and Allyn Malventano. It’s now our HTC Vive machine at home. Still runs like a top!
i spent probably 36 hours straight during an internet banking hardware refresh a while back.
Hmm, I thought the question was amount of dollars, not amount of time. But time is money, so there we are.
Around the 2.5K UKP (~ $3K) for a Gateway P90 + 17" Trinitron monitor.
My current laptop (Spectre X360 Skylake) was around 1,500€, my Ryzen 7 desktop with 32GB RAM was also around that price, once you calculate in the 2 extra 512GB SSDs (3 SSDs and a 2TB spinning rust drive).
At work, probably around $120,000 for a server setup with SAN, back in the late 90s.
the reason i get re-hired is because of my enquiring mind (analysis). Your mind viewed the question in dollar terms. Mine didn’t !! even though yes i viewed all of the replies.
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I am afraid to comment I am such a cheap skate compared to those guys building their own systems. The most I spent was on an ASUS tower and monitor which came in at $2,000. I was building websites back then and needed something to run Adobe dreamweaver. I miss that machine.
rolandmsmith, I’m cheaper than that. I build my own PC’s. Last one I put together about 4 years ago, cost about 500.oo. And it is still going strong, have up graded a few parts over time. Put win 10 on (free Ver)
( 5.oo for my Linux Mint Laptop)
( 89 for my 2007 13" macbook) ( 170 for my 17" Dell laptop)
( 120 for my HP Pro 15") ( 200 for my 2011 mac mini)
All running very good, the dollar signs didn’t show in my post.
thanks for making me feel better congrats on your machines
Sorry guys if you felt bad… that was certainly not my intention. If your machine meets your needs, then it’s great for you, right?
There is a small benefit to building your own machine: you can choose to spend more on the parts that matter to you most. In my case, I firmly believe the best thing you can do for the life of your PC is to choose the highest quality power supply unit (PSU) you can afford. I once purchased a whitebox pre-made PC (so the seller custom assembled it for a fixed price) for about $600Cdn. It lasted about 9 months before the PSU fried, and it took out other components on the way out, costing me lost time and data.
its all good… I agree about being touchy about power supplies.
Speaking of power supplies… can anyone recommend a decent but fairly good value one? I don’t need high wattage - 500W is ample. My current supply is old, cheap, and has a constant speed fan so generates a fair amount of noise. I don’t need modular cables or anything, but would like the PSU to be fairly quiet with automatically adjusting fan speed.
Next up, a new case…