Quality of Computers

Coolmaster TowerMany people when purchasing just about anything, including items other than computers or electronics, are so focused on the price, that they don’t truly look at what they are getting for the price.  Sometimes I hear “I could get a new computer for that price”.  I say “what kind of computer would you get for that price?” and “it wouldn’t be a new computer at that price.” or “It would be a less powerful computer than what you have now!”

So to put things in perspective as far as price goes, I thought it would be helpful to show you the most expensive make/model of each component in a computer that you can buy.  Note that prices vary a bit depending on where you purchase from, but the prices shouldn’t be off by much, depending if you buy individual parts directly from a warehouse, versus a computer repair shop, versus a packaged deal with the computer built.  So here’s the list of expensive parts to build a desktop computer…

(For those of you that don’t understand computer hardware, you must have all the component below to make a fully working computer. You can see for the cost of the first part you could have a fully working cheap computer.)

Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme11 Socket LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 Chipset $940
 Processor Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition Eight Core Socket LGA2011, 3.00 GHz, 20MB L3 Cache, 22nm  $1,520
 Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X HYBRID 12GB GDDR5 (12G-P4-1999-KR)  $1,600
 Wireless ASUS AC1900 PCE-AC68 Dual-Band Wireless PCI-E Adapter  $130
 Hard Drive (Regular) Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB 3.5″ SATA 12GB/S 7200RPM OEM Hard Drive (ST8000NM0075) – 512E  $830
 Hard Drive Solid State  (SSD) Intel 910 Series 800GB PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Solid State Drive  $4,200
 CD / DVD Drive ASUS (DRW-24B3ST) Internal 24x DVD Writer  $35
 Blu-Ray LG (BH16NS40) Internal 16x Blu-ray Writer  $110
 Internal card reader NZXT Aperture M 5.25″ Internal Card Reader 2x USB3.0 Expansion Module  $55
 Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm NovaTouch TKL  $250
 Mouse 3D Mouse

3Dconnexion SpacePilot PRO 3D Mouse

*Barely looks like a mouse, worth showing picture.

 Speakers Edifier S760D 5.1 surround speaker system Digital  $800
 Monitor Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 27″ Ultra HD 5K monitor  $2,500
 Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum Series 128GB (8x16GB) DDR4 2800MHz CL14 Eight-Channel DIMMs  $1,580
 Case (Tower) Tristellar caseDeepcool GamerStorm Tristellar S Mini-ITX Gaming Tower Case (Tristellar S)

*Not your typical rectangular case like the picture at the top of this article.

 Power Supply Corsair AX1500i Digital Power Supply Fully-Modular 1500Watt 80PLUS Titanium Certification Corsair Link  $600

You could argue that for the price of almost any individual component you could purchase an entire brand new computer for that price.  So you need to be careful when you ask someone to build you a computer and you want the best of the best.  If you add this all up, this computer would cost $16,510 CDN. That’s how much my car cost me brand new!

A quick tip: Hard drives are the biggest bottleneck in computers today, so if you invest the money in a fast hard drive, you will get an incredible speed increase.

Also, the most expensive laptop/notebook you can purchase today is MSI GT80S 6QQF-074US Gaming Notebook at $6,000 CDN

Just keeping it real! 🙂