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

ricgnzlzcr

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Jun 7, 2005
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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.
 

SuperSnake2012

macrumors 6502a
Oct 11, 2005
810
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NY
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 :)
 

ampd

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Jan 10, 2006
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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...
 

suneohair

macrumors 68020
Aug 27, 2006
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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.
 

gadgetgirl85

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Mar 24, 2006
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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
 

ricgnzlzcr

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Jun 7, 2005
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xPismo said:
Powerbook was ~ $2800 just over three years ago. Just think - the MBP is cheaper! Woooo.... if I only waited! :p ;)
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!
 

gadgetgirl85

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Mar 24, 2006
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ricgnzlzcr said:
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!
Trust me I agree with you :( This MBP is going to have to do me at least 2 years if not more.
 

ricgnzlzcr

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Jun 7, 2005
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viccles said:
Trust me I agree with you :( This MBP is going to have to do me at least 2 years if not more.
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!
 

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
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Adelaide, Australia
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.
 

Silentwave

macrumors 68000
May 26, 2006
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Gainesville, FL
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 :(
 

runninmac

macrumors 65816
Jan 20, 2005
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Rockford MI
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.
 

hal0n

macrumors regular
Dec 27, 2004
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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
 

ricgnzlzcr

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Jun 7, 2005
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mad jew said:
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.
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
 
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freakonguitar

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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)
 

wmmk

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Mar 28, 2006
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The Library.
mad jew said:
Haha ricgnzlzcr. Funniest post ever. :D



The secret to a happy man is convincing his girl is more important than is Mac.
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.
 

Demon Hunter

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Mar 30, 2004
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wmmk said:
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.
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
 

archurban

macrumors 6502a
Aug 4, 2004
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San Francisco, CA
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:
 

mistafreeze

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Aug 29, 2006
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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.
 

Spaceman Spiff

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Oct 9, 2003
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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.
 

thejadedmonkey

macrumors G3
May 28, 2005
8,030
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Pennsylvania
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.
 

i0Nic

macrumors 65816
May 17, 2006
1,452
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Sydney, Australia
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
 

apfhex

macrumors 68030
Aug 8, 2006
2,670
4
Northern California
Mac Pro + 23" ACD + Altec Lansing FX6021 speakers + Logitech MX1000 mouse = somewhere in the ball park of $4500 USD after tax. :eek:

Xcat said:
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.
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)