Image Map Image Map
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Biggest money that You paid for computer?

  1. #1

    Default Biggest money that You paid for computer?

    Thanks for sharing in advance.
    What was the biggest money(even adjusted by inflation or gold price) that You paid for computer?

  2. #2


    1994 - Toshiba T4700CS - I think it was like $4300 of something and my employer paid half and I paid half. 320MB of hard drive storage, 486 DX2 50 Mhz, 8MB ram, and 640x480 VGA graphics. I always wished it was active matrix, but those were like another 1K!

  3. #3


    $3500(ish) 1993 ($6300ish today) for a NeXTStation, 8M RAM, 120M drive. I then had to get another 16M of RAM, and a 400M drive (120 just wasn't enough). I have no idea what I paid for those.

    I do recall, however, later, that I was very excited to spend "only" $1000 on a 1G SCSI drive. $1/M was a great price point.

    Similar at this time, my friends and I, in our little partnership, shared and ponied up the $$$ for a top of the line ThinkPad with active color display for travel and demos. That cost us $5000.

    As I've always said, if I spent the money I had spent on computers instead on woodworking tools, not only would I have a shop comparable to Norm Abrahms, I'd STILL have a shop comparable to Norm Abrahms, instead of a bunch of donations to eRecyclers. Wood working tools are mostly immortal.

    My 7 year old Mac Pro cost similar to the NeXT (in similar dollars, not adjusted), but that was a gift. My 2006 Mac Pro that I bought was less than the NeXT (and in more modern dollars, of course), but still pricey.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Blog Entries


    About 500 on a I5 laptop after getting fed up with Apple for slowing down and making my iPad redundant. I have never really had a cutting edge system, even when I built my own.

    We did effectively spend a few million once on Honeywell DPS 6 spares when the accountants wanted to throw away all the spares as they 'hadn't been used for years and depreciation was costing the company to keep them'. We booked every one out of stores to prevent them being dumped and blew the departments budget right out of the window.

    Most expensive vintage system was probably 130 for my PET 3032 with dual disk drive.

    Cheapest (but not free) was 3.42 for a PCW 9512
    Current fleet
    TRS80 Model 4 - BBC B - Tatung Einstein - PCW9512 - PET 3032 - C64 - ZX81 - Spectrum 48K - Amiga A500 - VAX 3100,3300,4000VLC & 4000 Model 96 - Apple II europlus - Apple iMAC G3. Sharp MZ-80K. - DEC Micro PDP 11/73 - IBM 5160 XT - Multibus 286/10 - AlphaServer DS10 - AlphaStation 225 - MicroVax II.

  5. #5


    $4300 abouts. 2008. Dual Xeons (3.2GHz Harpertowns), 32GB RAM FB ECC and a Radeon GPU to go with it.
    IBM PS/2 Model 25, NEC V30 8MHz, 640KB RAM, ATI VGA Wonder XL, 2GB SSD, Ethernet, DR DOS 6/GeOS, Xircom PE3 Ethernet

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    SE MI
    Blog Entries


    Geez, that's a tough one. My 1st real PC was a Tandy 1000SX and that went for about $1300 in 1986 and the DMP-130 was about $250. Not quite a year later I added an EGA monitor for about $350 along with a Boca EGA card for about the same price. A 300 baud modem was next for less than $100. The big leap came with HD MFM controller and the ST-225 HD, that pair came in at around $700. I caught a deal on the HD as I was working for the feds and got a discount through one of our suppliers. So, these prices are from memory but are fairly close to what was being offered in 1987, and it was not unreasonable for the time as the setup comes in at about $3100 or so. I worked with some people who, at the time, were into the the AT scene with dual 40 MB HDs and VGA - very expensive at back then. My 1000SX system is still intact and runs pretty good.

    The next 'big' build for me was back in 2005 when I built a gamer from scratch:

    - 27" Asus ROG 4K monitor - @ $650
    - Asus Z170 Deluxe motherboard - @ $295
    - Intel i7-6700K CPU - @ $419
    - Nvidia 1080 video card - @ $550
    - Samsung 950 500GB M.2 - @ $150
    - Corsair H100i liquid cooler - @ $99
    - Corsair M70 case - @ $99
    - Seasonic 900w power supply - @ $129
    - Logitech 900 series mouse - @ $119
    - GSkill Ripjaws 16GB memory - @ $79

    So, the 2005 build comes in at about roughly $2600. Given the inflation rate, today's PCs are a bargain when compared to the late 80's prices.
    Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

  7. #7


    Not much, since I always upgraded my main desktop system piece by piece, never spending more than $150 at once. Adding up all the pieces in the system at any given time might reach the 3-400 range, which is about the most I ever paid for a used laptop also. I once spent over $300 on an Amiga 1200, but since all the add-ons for it were so pricey I never did much with it and eventually sold it. Then I imported a One-Chip MSX and then sold it after it died, which is too bad because these days I might have been able to have some fun with its FPGA.

  8. #8


    The POWER6 server that runs Floodgap I spent (personally) a little over $10,000 in 2010. I would have spent more on a POWER7, and was willing to, but IBM wouldn't sell me one (I don't need their service contract, so it wasn't worth it to them).

    This Raptor Talos II workstation was around $7200 in 2018.

    I guess I like expensive computers.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
    Various projects and oddities:
    Machine room:

  9. #9


    Not too much, maybe $1500-$1700 for a gaming laptop years ago. This year (upcoming year), I'd like to build a custom desktop and I suspect with the price of parts and video cards that's going to my most expensive computer.

  10. #10


    All at once? $800.00

    - Antec 300 Case
    - Abit AW9D MOtherboard
    - Intel Pentium D 3.4GHz CPU
    - 4 GB DDR-2 800 RAM
    - 60GB SATA HDD
    - Lite-On SATA DVD-RW
    - And the kicker is the NVIDIA 8800GT graphics card

    That was the system I built that replaced my GEM case-modded AT PIII in 2008. I ran that one for about six years, then it got replaced with a $65.00 Core 2 Duo build in an old beige InWin D500 mATX case.

    The cheapest "Daily Driver" I ever owned was the IBM PC-330 100DX4 6571-W5K box (Creeping Net 2), I used that one from 2001 to 2005. I spent $0 on that machine. The 64MB of RAM came from my room mates AMD 5x86 box, as did the Cache RAM, and the 2-4GB HDD (I had THREE) were free from a local school that as upgrading. Aside from my NEC Versa M/75 that's my favorite 486 from a performance perspective. AT it's hottest it ran Windows 2000 Professional SP3 and was totally comfortable to use. Even when that GEM computer was up and running as a PIII I was still using the PC-330 a whole heck of a lot.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts