January 19, 2010

Cost of Computers on the Rise

I recently upgraded my system.  Basically I transferred from my old system my nice ACER monitor, Logitech speakers, mouse, keyboard, case, power supply, hard drive, my video card, NVidia 8800 GT, and added an AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz Quad core, with a ddr3 compatible Mobo and 4 Gigs of DDR3 at 7-7-7 timing.  I have had my case for like 5 years, it holds all my new hardware just fine, I have had the keyboard for the same amount of time and works fine.  The mouse is a 1 year old optical Microsoft (wired) and works like a charm.  So for the upgrade of the CPU, Mobo and Ram, I spent less than $350.00.  For basically a friggin’ new system!!  Guaranteed to out perform anything you can walk into Best Buy and find for over a grand.  This is a vague look at my upgrade and the total scope of what I’ve spent (relatively low), but considering that I am able to swap out parts when one becomes outdated for a relatively cheap price, is in itself priceless : )

So, back to the title of the article, it seems like the cost of computer hardware is on the rise.  For the past 6 years the average prices of computer component prices has been dropping by 7.8 %, but looking into 2010 it is likely we could very well see an estimated rise of 2.8 % , meaning more expensive upgrades or new computers.  One obvious way to see this rise in hardware going up is in memory, as possibly some of you may have experiences already.  The shortage in hardware, meaning higher prices, is directly related to the current recession.  One thing is for sure, with the average cost of Macs going up to $1,575 (dat be a ton of doe) the average price of PC’s is about half of that, I know what hardware I’ll continue to buy.


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  4. PimpmasterF - January 24, 2010 8:37 am

    It is ridiculous, I bought 4Gb or Corsair Dominator 1066 just a few months ago for roughly $90 and now its litterally double that at $179.
    I have noticed that GPU’s, MOBO, and CPU’s have stayed fairly resonable, lets hope it stays that way.

  5. thsoundman - January 20, 2010 10:37 am

    Yeah I have noticed this as well. Memory is double the price it was even a few months ago. I used to be able to get 4 gigs of memory ddr2 for about $64.00 now it’s easily double that.

  6. Crazieman_47 - January 20, 2010 7:26 am

    I just read a article in PC magazine on building a Killer system for $675 all in. and after seeing what it can do, 20 fps on Crysis Steady! for under 1g? Carazy, I have a quad core HP and this little nugget whips my Beast with a chain and spikes! when I get money… u wait…. u wait, u mother (shut your mouth)…

    ANyway, they also stated that RAM is the most expensive of all the parts of the computer. Although this is a funny fact for funny people. HP Printer Ink, is actually more expensive than Human Blood!



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