How much do you spend per year on your workstation

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by VirtualRain, Jun 29, 2013.

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How much do you spend per year (on average) on your workstation and peripherals

  1. Less than $500 per year

    13 vote(s)
    31.7%
  2. $501 to $1000 per year

    11 vote(s)
    26.8%
  3. $1001 to $1500 per year

    6 vote(s)
    14.6%
  4. $1501 to $2000 per year

    3 vote(s)
    7.3%
  5. $2001 to $2500 per year

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  6. $2501 to $3000 per year

    4 vote(s)
    9.8%
  7. $3001 to $3500 per year

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. More than $3500 per year

    3 vote(s)
    7.3%
  1. VirtualRain, Jun 29, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013

    VirtualRain macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

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    #1
    Curious how much you spend or budget per year on your workstation and attached peripherals (storage, displays, etc). For example, if you buy a $3000 Mac Pro every 3 years, you're spending an average of $1000 per year. If you spend another $1000 over that 3 year period on upgrades, then your yearly spend is an average of $1333. If you spend another $1000 on a display that lasts two cycles (6 years), then that only contributes $166 to your annual spend.

    So what is it?

    In my case...
    2009 Mac Pro Quad $3300
    Dual 24" ACD Displays $1800
    Additional GPU $200
    Initial SSD storage $800
    Current SSD storage $900
    Spinning disk storage $200

    Most of this (all but the spinning disk) I expect to recycle this year, so my spend over 4 years has been $7000 or about $1750 per year.

    Note, I'm not counting misc. parts less than a couple hundred dollars nor am I adding my Audio Interface and Monitors which should last much longer and not be a significant contributor.
     
  2. wonderspark macrumors 68040

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    #2
    Not sure what to do about the fact that I recently bought a MacBook Pro laptop, which is my new mobile workstation. I didn't include that in the figure, but perhaps I should have.
     
  3. Varmann macrumors member

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    #3
    My 5 year old MacPro is only a 10th of the accumulated cost this period. And by far the best computer I ever had. Before I use to spend the same on home built PCs, one at least every two years. Today I spend more on high quality peripherals and much less on pc basics.
     
  4. Baunkjaer macrumors 6502

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    #4
    Same here. I´ve just bought a refurbished MBP as a supplement to my MP.
     
  5. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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  6. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603

    VirtualRain

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    #6
    600 views and 20 votes? I'm not sure why this is not getting any participation. :confused: It's anonymous.

    But the interesting observation so far is that 30% of people are spending less than $500 per year on their workstation. That implies buying used or entry level systems and not spending much on upgrades or purchased a high end system a long time ago and haven't invested much in it since.
     
  7. wonderspark macrumors 68040

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    #7
    I've bought two GPUs so far, and am considering a GTX 680 Mac Edition. I also did the 6-core swap, and spent a ton on my Areca RAID system. Averaged out, it's not so bad. :)
     
  8. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    #8
    Mac Pro (£2k in 2009)
    Disks (SSD/HDD) £500
    GPU £100
    Memory £200
    CPU £400

    £3300 over now what is 4 years.

    So £825/year or $1200/year.

    Although it is probably more like £3000 due to selling the old bits!!

    But the base machine purchase was 66% ish of the total spend.
     
  9. -hh macrumors 68020

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    #9
    That was along my thoughts for the 'major hardware' updates. There's then also a lot of other stuff that occurs on a relatively regular basis year-to-year, even before we consider the cost of an ISP (should this be included or not?). As such, I think that for most Mac Pro users, a number in the $1500+/year range shouldn't be unexpected.

    Of course, the other part of this question is what should (shouldn't) be included. For example, in 2010, I dropped $8K on some new photo gear ... is it considered to be a peripheral to the Mac, or is the Mac considered to be a peripheral to it? For the purposes of this survey, I took the latter interpretation and ignored this expense as part of my "Workstation" averaged costs.


    -hh
     
  10. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    #10
    My workstation is a 5 year old 17 inch MBP so I didn't vote. If I did, it would be in the $500+ per year range considering all the stuff I have hooked up to it by now. In fact a nMP with all those dreaded expansion things would clean up my desk.

    Interesting poll graph, though. A vote of zero shows as 1/2 of 1. Isn't zero zero?

    Dale
     

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