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View Poll Results: How much do you spend on PC desktop Hardware every year?
<$100 13 9.22%
$100-$200 24 17.02%
$200-$300 19 13.48%
$300-$400 12 8.51%
$400-$500 18 12.77%
$500-$1000 22 15.60%
$1000-$1500 10 7.09%
$1500-$2000 5 3.55%
>2000 18 12.77%
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:12 PM   #26
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I usually make one big upgrade to my rig a year, meaning a new cpu/mobo, gpu, RAM, monitor, cooling parts, etc. and make my upgrades slowly. It comes out to maybe $300 a year?
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:41 PM   #27
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I try to spend as little as possible, but the last few years has seen me spend about $1500 per year, but I now hope to reduce that to $500 per year going forward, but will probably blow the budget late this year on a Haswell Ultrabook.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:43 PM   #28
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I spend enough for people to judge me. It's duck off a waters back.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:48 PM   #29
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From 05-11 I spent any where from around $500-$2000 a year on upgrades/new computers. I got into the habit of having multiple systems for various reasons and bought and played with new hardware just because I could. In 2012 I don't think I spent a single penny on my computer, and I won't be any time soon.

My drop in spending has been a combination of financial and just lack of new exciting things in the desktop space.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:49 PM   #30
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I spend enough for people to judge me. It's duck off a waters back.
*looks at credit card bill total*

So... How's your new car?

I meant computer, sorry.
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*looks at credit card bill total*

So... How's your new car?

I meant computer, sorry.
My newest car is from 2007. 6,500 miles and payed off.

As for computer, nothing was paid with credit.
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Oh, and the computer is OK, I guess.
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Oh, and the computer is OK, I guess.
Lol
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Oh, and the computer is OK, I guess.
Six 512GB Vertex 4 SSDs in RAID-0. That's pretty crazy! Do you notice the difference between the raid and a single ssd drive?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:15 PM   #35
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I'm in a similar boat to LoneNinja. Spent a lot in the past but will be slowing down for a number of reasons including having been recently married. Also running out of room plus NewEgg pissed me off so it isn't as fun anymore.

Up to now I've been getting a new system with every new tick or tock. Got 22nm i7 IVB, 32nm i5 SB, 45nm i5 Lynnfield, 45nm C2D, 65nm C2D, plus a 45nm Regor and a 45nm 1055t. That pace is just silly and will not be maintained into the future...
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:50 PM   #36
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About $5000 per year. I just got a dual 5234 Opteron box.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:06 PM   #37
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Six 512GB Vertex 4 SSDs in RAID-0. That's pretty crazy! Do you notice the difference between the raid and a single ssd drive?
No

I do notice the difference between 512GB and 3TB though.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:52 AM   #38
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In summary then most people are firmly in the entry end of computer hardware, 53% of people are below $500 a year, which is well below what is enough to have a decent CPU and GPU every 2-3 years.

These are results I am surprised by. Not surprised that the overall market is skewed this way (much more so actually I suspect if we compare to the Steam hardware survey) but surprised that Anandtech's forums are not skewed more towards expensive and faster hardware.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #39
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I usually make one big upgrade to my rig a year, meaning a new cpu/mobo, gpu, RAM, monitor, cooling parts, etc. and make my upgrades slowly. It comes out to maybe $300 a year?
Presumably the poll means "your desktop's hardware" rather than "how much do you spend on PC desktop hardware"? If the former, I'm picking the lowest option on the poll.

Since I built my 2010 set-up, due to a fortunate set of circumstances involving a customer, I sold my Athlon II X4 to him and got the PhII 960T X6 without spending very much at all, one everything was factored in. Otherwise it would have remained unaltered.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #40
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2006
E6300 + Gigabyte P965 mobo + 2GB DDR2 + 320GB HDD = $700
CM 550W PSU = $50
Lian Li case = $80
X1800XT = $300
7600GS = $150

2007/2008/2009:
CM 212+ = $50
9600GT = $150
LG 22" LCD = $270

2010:
PhII 555 BE + Gigabyte mobo = $230
DDR2 2GB x2 = $50
Samsung F3 1TB HDD = $60

2011/2012:
2500K + Biostar P57 = $300
DDR3 2GB x2 = $30
DDR3 4GB x2 = $30
Samsung F3 1TB HDD = $60
HD5850 = $150
Antec 450W = $50
Dell U2311H = $220

Grand total = $2930 / 7 = $420

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In summary then most people are firmly in the entry end of computer hardware, 53% of people are below $500 a year, which is well below what is enough to have a decent CPU and GPU every 2-3 years.
Bullshit. There was no game I couldn't play well enough from 2006 to now with my hardware progression, and please non of those "maxed out Crysis" crap. Heck I didn't even include the stuff I sold (minus ~$200) and there were 2 bad decisions I made that raised the cost unnecessarily, switching to C2D too soon and the Phenom II was totally unneeded.
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To be fair though all my hardware is bought with the intent of being dual-purpose. Business and pleasure. Well...I guess it is mostly for pleasure, but still
In the same situation
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I still have my first computer. Got it in 2006 I believe.

Upgraded with all free stuff
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My wife says "Too darned much!" But she sure likes a fast desktop and she's digging the new HTPC...

If I didn't spend it on computers, I'd just waste it on beer, guns and motorcycles.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:29 AM   #44
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I was spending more but not so much to spend it on these days. No cpu or gpu significantly faster then my i2500k or GF570 without spending a fortune. About the only things I bought in the last year or two were peripherals and SSD's.

Pace of change has definitely slowed down.
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In terms of future:

2013:
i5 4670(K)+DH87FB+480GB M500+16GB DDR3+SG08B. Maybe an extra SSD for the GF as well. In that case the HTPC would be transformed to SSD only with 2x300GB in RAID/Spanning. Possible a second Dell U2713HM for the GF.

Rest is recycle. Old DP55SB+i7 860+8GB will be given away, plus 1 or 2 80GB SSDs. And perhaps the last U2407fpw and the last 1˝TB HD in the household.

2014:
Broadwell+mobo+memory. Upgrade of discrete graphics is a wildcard. Rest is recycle again.

Current HTPC with i5 661+DH57JG+4GB will be retired, given away and replaced with my current IB.

Having the GF gaming basicly gave me an excuse to upgrade every year instead of every second year.
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Just for kicks, I ran an analysis in Quicken, where I have a record of all my purchases for the past 15 years. Here's the damage since 2006, when I built my first rig:

$1,487/year (net sales of used gear)

The good news is that I haven't spent a penny in 2013...yet!

By the way, I voted $500-$1000 because that's what I estimated, so to BrightCandle's point, my hunch is that just about everyone here is underestimating unless they actually have a method for totaling all purchases.
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By the way, I voted $500-$1000 because that's what I estimated, so to BrightCandle's point, my hunch is that just about everyone here is underestimating unless they actually have a method for totaling all purchases.
I suspect this is true, and for good psychological reason.

It is rare the ego that wants to flaunt its avariciousness.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #48
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OP does this include things like home servers and DIY NASes (built on hardware that can easily be converted into desktop/workstation PCs)???? ...because that makes a HUGE difference in my case....
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:04 PM   #49
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By the way, I voted $500-$1000 because that's what I estimated, so to BrightCandle's point, my hunch is that just about everyone here is underestimating unless they actually have a method for totaling all purchases.
I agree. I voted the same, but in reality, I spent almost $500 on PCs and electronics in Dec. alone. (Got some Christmas money.)

I probably spend closer to $100-150/mo on electronic components.
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I build about one mid-high range PC a year, and hand the old one down to one of my 3 kids.

current rig i5-3570K, 8GB memory, 128GB SSD, HD6870 Video card, next winter I'll build a Haswell Rig and upgrade someone down the line, and sell or barter their old rig on Craigslist
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