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Old 08-12-2007, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Budgets vs. Reality

I thought this might be a funny little thread.

Post what your budgets were that you started out with and what your builds actually cost you. I'll start.

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Began the process wanting to only spend $1,100 tops. From reading forums, remembering that I need a new OS, and after all rebates, MIR, etc I'm now looking at a $1,275 build.

Edit: Nevermind I don't need the OS - I figured something out
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Started at $700, ended up costing $1000 (see below)
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I had a $900 budget, to upgrade the processor, RAM, and motherboard. But I ended up buying a whole new system. I don't know how, but somehow I got the the following:

E6400
P5N-E SLI
Corsair XMS2 2 x 1GB
Sapphire X1950PRO 256MB
HIPER 580W
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Seagate 7200.10 320GB and WD Caviar SE16 250GB
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Windows XP Home
Sceptre X22WG 22"
Enermax Aurora keyboard
Logitech MX518
Sony NEC Optiarc DVD burner
Zalman CNPS9500 & VF900

And it ended up costing somewhere near $2000. At the time I bought these things, it was January, so things were sky high.
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$900 budget based on "birthday and grad money"...yeah...RIGHT. I got like $400. Had a job by May and eventually bought an $1100 system last august.

This march I sold parts and spent $200 or so and have the current system. This hobby is VERY expensive. And with few decent games out now = AUGH.
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Actually my budget was about $1300, then I came to this forum, decided to build my own pc, and it only cost me $1200 with shipping and tax for a better pc than I was going to get.
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Actually my budget was about $1300, then I came to this forum, decided to build my own pc, and it only cost me $1200 with shipping and tax for a better pc than I was going to get.
Congrats on your build. Tech Forums prevails.

Sadly, I built this computer Christmas 2004 and wasn't a member of Tech Forums yet. But ever since, I have learnt alot.
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I started with a budget of $1k

i'm up to $1100 now and i still dont have a motherboard, processor or video card.
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luckily tho, while it is expensive, if you accept not having the best, it works ok. Especially since you can reuse alot of parts (ie cd/dvd drives, sometimes a psu, hd's) and i have had this computer for like 10 months and am just now replacing it, well half of it
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luckily tho, while it is expensive, if you accept not having the best, it works ok. Especially since you can reuse alot of parts (ie cd/dvd drives, sometimes a psu, hd's) and i have had this computer for like 10 months and am just now replacing it, well half of it
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In general...
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