The "how much did your computer setup make you poorer" thread

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ricgnzlzcr, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

    ricgnzlzcr

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    I've had two setups in the last year:

    12 inch powerbook $1200
    refurbished ipod mini $150
    Portable speakers $50
    Headphones $30
    21 inch Gateway lcd $520

    All purchase in 2005 for a total of $2000

    Current Setup

    15 inch tibook $250
    2 extra batteries $65
    2005 speakers and headphones $50 and $30

    Total cost of my purchase $395

    I guess I really like doing math with my spendings. If you do too, post your setup and how much it cost you at the time.
     
  2. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    My Macbook cost me $1244 + tax and my Windows PC setup ran me more than $1500. It's safe to say that I am poor right now :)
     
  3. xPismo macrumors 6502a

    xPismo

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    Powerbook was ~ $2800 just over three years ago. Just think - the MBP is cheaper! Woooo.... if I only waited! :p ;)
     
  4. ampd macrumors regular

    ampd

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    Mac Pro = $3100
    Ipod Video 60 gb = $400
    Ipod Nano 2 gb = free
    Other amd64 system = $2000
    nx7000 Laptop = $2800
    Creative 5.1 speakers = $200

    so yeah about = im depressed...
     
  5. suneohair macrumors 68020

    suneohair

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    Mac Pro = $2371
    Dell 2407WFP = $660
    12" Powerbook G4 867 = $400

    Soon:
    New DSLR

    I am still in the positive, yet slighty poorer.
     
  6. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

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    Now this is really going to depress me (This is in Australian dollars btw)

    2005
    PC 3.0 GHZ Computer $1600

    2006
    Toshiba $1700 (Sold)
    Video 30GB Ipod (415 got it on discount)
    Nano 4GB (350 I think but was a gift)
    Mac Mini + 1GB stick $1300
    Macbook Pro + 1GB memory $3400
    Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse $200

    Geez :(

    Ok I'm not getting anything in awhile! I'd love a nifty pair of speakers but I think I'll do with what I have for now
     
  7. ricgnzlzcr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ricgnzlzcr

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    Maybe you should have waited for santa rosa! Haha, if only we all just waited. I'm sometimes scared how fast technology moves, but it makes me lose a lot of money. Why couldn't I have gotten a better hobby? Like knitting!
     
  8. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

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    Trust me I agree with you :( This MBP is going to have to do me at least 2 years if not more.
     
  9. ricgnzlzcr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ricgnzlzcr

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    That macbook pro will definitely last you 2 more years. I'm on a 4 year old tibook and I expect it to run Leopard just fine. Your computer will be no slower than today viccles!
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    What's the point of listing the price we paid for our Macs? Why don't we mention what we forgo when we purchase a Mac. Mention the opportunity cost, I guess. :cool:

    I didn't go to Europe to get my iBook G4 and I didn't drink alcohol for a month to get my iMac G5.
     
  11. furious macrumors 65816

    furious

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    my Macs cost me nothing as the future gains will far out way the cost now :)
     
  12. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    HP ZX5280US so-called laptop (10lb 15" monster) P4 3.2/1G/80GB/128MB - about $3000 (aug 2004)

    MBP 15.4" CD 2.16/2G/100GB/256MB- $2750ish BTO (apr 2006)

    to think i coulda had a mac pro :(
     
  13. runninmac macrumors 65816

    runninmac

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    MacBook: $1400
    2 Gigs of RAM: $160
    Bluetooth Mouse: $70
    Speakers: $70

    So $1,700, $1,802 with tax. Im pretty proud of paying for all of it by myself.
     
  14. hal0n macrumors regular

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    mac pro - 2400$
    apple 20" - 700$
    2x500gb hd - 400$

    not too bad so far this year...

    other things this month (eek)

    nikon d50 kit + 18-200vr lens and memory cards, etc - 1700$

    tuition and books for school - 1700$ (i got some grant money to pay for the rest, thankfully)

    so, i'm definitely hurting for cash this month
     
  15. ricgnzlzcr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ricgnzlzcr

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    If we were playing that game then I would probably have taken the lady on a trip somewhere. I'm glad she doesn't read this forum or else she would be convinced that my computer is more important than her (she doesn't need to know;) )

    If you read this baby, only kidding:D
     
  16. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Haha ricgnzlzcr. Funniest post ever. :D



    The secret to a happy man is convincing his girl is more important than is Mac.
     
  17. #17
    macpro (just bought) $2600
    ipod nano 4gb (bought with macpro) $66 (w/tax)
    logitech x-530 speakers $75
    ibook g4 12" $1320
    external 160gb usb 2.0 hdd $130
    canon s3is $700 (with batteries, case, memory card)
    17" crt (used) $27
    total....umm (takingout calculator) = $4918 :eek: too much money for a teen :p
    (prices in cdn)
     
  18. wmmk macrumors 68020

    wmmk

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    ain't it tough......?

    in the past 3 years:
    mac mini: $599
    lcd:$150
    ipod mini: free
    selling iPod mini: $175
    ipod video: $200
    TI-84 SE: $100
    apple keyboard: $29

    $805 really isn't terrible for 3 years, IMO.
     
  19. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    That's impressive. I want this setup to last years and years...

    My MacBook was $1099 plus tax. With any luck, I will exchange it in a few weeks for:

    MacBook Pro, 17-inch, 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
    Item Price: $2,962.00

    AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro/PowerBook (w/or w/o Display) - Auto-enroll
    Item Price: $239.00

    Apple Cinema Display (20" flat panel)
    Item Price: $649.00

    Est. Total:
    $3,919.95
     
  20. archurban macrumors 6502a

    archurban

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    2006

    20-inch intel iMac $1699
    White macbook 2ghz with additional memory, and hard drive $1500
    wireless mighty mouse $69
    two 120GB sata hard drives for macbook $320
    500GB sata external drive $350
    nike+ipod kit & nike+ shoes and arm band $158
    Brenthaven laptop bag $69.95

    total $4165.95 without tax

    it's not even passed summer yet. I think I spent too much money for apple. Apple! you should give me some reward....:eek:
     
  21. mistafreeze macrumors member

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    im hoping this mac pro will be the last machine i buy or build this year, and hope i can stay with it for a while, i do 3d work, so i can never have to fast a machine to kick out renders. I just hope autodesk will drop a universal binary of maya soon (least dec when they drop their normal 8.1 updates) i got support but they havnt done anything thus far.

    so far this year, with the new intel transition i have spent FAR to much money with apple! Mainly to see what upgrade path I wanted to take when the new intel machines came out, and see how windows version software worked on the mac.

    got an iMac to see if i wanted to invest in upgrading my powerbook, but didnt like it enough so skipped, but i did buy a macbook, and enjoyed it as much as one can with the crazy restarts (painful when your encoding a dvd on a deadline!) but i was impressed enough with the speed to want a mac pro.

    now i got the macpro -havnt bothered upgrading the graphics card/ram/hd- yet, plus i plan on getting 2 monitors to go with it.
     
  22. Spaceman Spiff macrumors regular

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    ATI/BT/AP Mac Pro was something like $2900 with Ed. discount... Then $150 for some Altec Lansing FX6061 speakers. Then I got a 320 gig hard drive for $120, and a Logitech MX1000 mouse for $60. Oh, and the Viewsonic 20" widescreen monitor for $369. And I need to get my hands on a bluetooth keyboard still.

    All prices in Canadian.
     
  23. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    Mac Mini with Airport and BT - $570
    100 gig HDD - $120
    External sound card - $40
    RAM, Monitor, mouse, and USB hub.. spare parts.

    $730.. not too bad, considering.
     
  24. i0Nic macrumors 65816

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    Australian dollars.

    Macbook 13" - $2300
    iCurve - $80
    Apple Wireless keyboard - $100
    Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse - $110
    Apple Cinema Display 20" - $1000
    Harman Kardon Soundsticks2 - $250

    Total = $3,840 AUD
    or $3000 USD

    Planned Purchases:
    -ipod nano (new version)
    -250gb external drive
    -laser printer
     
  25. apfhex macrumors 68030

    apfhex

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    Mac Pro + 23" ACD + Altec Lansing FX6021 speakers + Logitech MX1000 mouse = somewhere in the ball park of $4500 USD after tax. :eek:

    Exactly the same as me except for the ACD and 320GB hard drive. :D $150 Canadian is a really good price for those speakers! (assuming you meant FX6021, not 61)
     

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