View Full Version : The price of new computers

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

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

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....

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Nothing. Just it's wee.

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...

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