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


    Jun 7, 2005
    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

    Oct 11, 2005
    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


    Nov 21, 2005
    Powerbook was ~ $2800 just over three years ago. Just think - the MBP is cheaper! Woooo.... if I only waited! :p ;)
  4. ampd macrumors regular


    Jan 10, 2006
    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


    Aug 27, 2006
    Mac Pro = $2371
    Dell 2407WFP = $660
    12" Powerbook G4 867 = $400

    New DSLR

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


    Mar 24, 2006
    Now this is really going to depress me (This is in Australian dollars btw)

    PC 3.0 GHZ Computer $1600

    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


    Jun 7, 2005
    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


    Mar 24, 2006
    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


    Jun 7, 2005
    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

    Apr 3, 2004
    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.
  11. furious macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2006
    my Macs cost me nothing as the future gains will far out way the cost now :)
  12. Silentwave macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    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 :(
  13. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    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.
  14. hal0n macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2004
    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


    Jun 7, 2005
    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

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    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


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
    ain't it tough......?

    in the past 3 years:
    mac mini: $599
    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

    Mar 30, 2004
    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:
  20. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA

    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

    Aug 29, 2006
    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

    Oct 9, 2003
    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


    May 28, 2005
    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

    May 17, 2006
    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
  25. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    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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