How much do you spend per year on your workstation

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


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

  1. Less than $500 per year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    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


    Feb 4, 2010
    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

    Jan 3, 2010
    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


    Feb 20, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Same here. I´ve just bought a refurbished MBP as a supplement to my MP.
  5. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
  6. VirtualRain thread starter macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    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


    Feb 4, 2010
    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

    Sep 12, 2007
    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


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    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.

  10. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    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?


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