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forrest44
22-09-2011, 12:30 AM
Today I was looking around Pricespy, and decided to price up a cheap system just for the fun of it

CPU: Athlon II x2 255 3.1ghz
Motherboard: Asus mATX socket AM3
RAM: 1x 4gb DDR3
HDD: 500gb Samsung
Case: mid-tower Aywun something or rather
PSU: 350w Seasonic
Optical drive: Samsung DVD-RW
KB + mouse: Genius
LCD: 21.5" AOC 1920x1080

IIRC, the total came to about $620, all from respectable stores with delivery included

I don't know about you, but that hits me as being really cheap! 10 years ago, you'd be spending what, maybe $2k odd on a system?
All the more impressive when you think about inflation

Maybe this will be useful to someone building a PC on a budget, I dunno...
Just thought I'd throw it out there and see what your thoughts are

CYaBro
22-09-2011, 07:38 AM
You forgot to add an operating system unless you are going to use Linux.

Chilling_Silence
22-09-2011, 09:02 AM
Yeah that's the kicker. Add another 30% if you pay retail, or 15-20% if you go OEM....

Gobe1
22-09-2011, 09:33 AM
i brought a top of the line pc years ago for 6k, you can still spend 6k for a top of the line system
but 650 bucks is pretty good

pctek
22-09-2011, 10:13 AM
Case: mid-tower Aywun something or rather
PSU: 350w Seasonic

KB + mouse: Genius


Well, yeah, cheap bits. Rest wasn't bad though.
10 years ago there were less cowboy fly-by-night let's compete on price and run without premises (or warranty) shops around too though.
And also everything is made in China now, makes for lot's of bargain bits.

mzee
22-09-2011, 10:47 AM
I remember paying $700 for a Commodore 64 Disk drive. It used to take 20 minutes to copy a 5.25" floppy, but more often than not would overheat before finishing! Along came a cartridge which reduced it to 2 minutes. Times have changed.

wratterus
22-09-2011, 10:48 AM
Yeap, it's extremely reasonable eh!

What's wrong with a Seasonic PSUs PC?

That exact one isn't awesome, but as a brand they are excellent.

pctek
22-09-2011, 01:18 PM
What's wrong with a Seasonic PSUs PC?



Nothing. Just it's wee.

forrest44
22-09-2011, 02:41 PM
Nothing. Just it's wee.
Hmmm If I was a betting type I'd put my money on the system not drawing more than 150w under full load... probably less even. I guess there's not much point paying for watts if you're not planning to use them...

jd2759
26-09-2011, 11:35 AM
Look what you can get for $400
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