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Old 19th April 2008, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

A Tech forum, a tech forum, my colander for a tech forum!

Yes, anyway... quite a snappy title, don'tcha think?

Basically, this is as the title suggests - an investigation into how the prices of computer components fall over time. My hypothesis is that after six months, the price of a [new] component more or less halves. And to test it, I've put together a PC... well, two PCs. One is the UberPC in the title (a computer that is stupidly expensive and up-to-date), and a RealisticUberPC, which I hope to build in September with all my lovely monies from my Summer job.

Right, specs (with screenshots of the shopping basket to show the prices - the difference in prices are always from the original price)!

UberPC

Mobo: Asus Striker II Extreme NF790i
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9770 3.2ghz (Yorkfield, 45nm)
RAM: 8gb Corsair TwinX XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600mhz)
Graphics Card: 2x 1gb Asus 9800GX2
HDD: 4x Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB
PSU: 1500W Xigmatex

Monitor: HyundaiIT W241D 24" Widescreen
Drives: 2x LG Blu-ray Combo

Case: Coolermaster Stacker 830 Evolution 'nVidia' Special Edition

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

UberPC - 02/04/08 = 5,023.82
UberPC - 11/04/08 = 5,033.17 +9.35
UberPC - 19/04/08 = 4,928.69 -95.13

RealisticUberPC

It's much the same, except more... realistic.

Mobo: Asus Striker II Extreme NF790i
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9770 3.2ghz (Yorkfield, 45nm)
RAM: 8gb Corsair TwinX XMS3 DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600mhz)
Graphics Card: 1gb Asus 9800GX2
HDD: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB, 3x Seagate Barracuda 160gb
PSU: 1500W Xigmatex

Monitor: HyundaiIT W241D 24" Widescreen
Drives: 2x Asus DVD thing

Case: Coolermaster Stacker 830 Evolution 'nVidia' Special Edition

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

RealisticUberPC - 11/04/08 = 3,602.55
RealisticUberPC - 19/04/08 = 3,546.78 -55.77

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The investigation started on the 2nd April for the UberPC, and the 11th for the RealisticUberPC, and from today will be a weekly thing.

Before it gets truly underway, and I get quite a way in, anyone got any suggestions/comments on the build, and what could be better?

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Old 20th April 2008, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

A couple of questions;

What would be the PCs intended purpose? Gaming, benchies, overclocking, extreme over clocking, induction of drool on keyboards etc.

What cooling? Air, water, tec, LN2, phase change...

In terms of price decline I believe that your 6 months seems about right for an aproximate 30% price decrease (ignoring VAT) (more would be possible if all parts were brand new releases).

Enjoy!

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Old 20th April 2008, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

Why 8Gb of memory when windows can only find 3 ?

Why 2 Graphics cards ?
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Old 20th April 2008, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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64bit can do more than 32 Ace - though all the way to 8GB I don't know.....
As for 2 graphics cards -- well when one is simply not enough
and I hate you lenny - I really hate you now! I WANT THAT COMPUTER!
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Old 20th April 2008, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

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A couple of questions;

What would be the PCs intended purpose? Gaming, benchies, overclocking, extreme over clocking, induction of drool on keyboards etc.
Well, partly for the bragging rights (come on, why else does one buy really expensive technology? ), partly for a machine that doesn't look at me with a bemused expression when I open my eightieth video whilst the other 79 still play in the background, and mostly because I'm really into graphics and 3D Modelling, which need a lot of power. I've already worked out the limit of this thing (2.6ghz Dual Core, 3gb RAM, 880GTS 640mb GPU), and I want to be able to do a lot more.

OK, maybe a gross overexaggeration with the videos, but you get the point.I'l be able to chug along quite happily for years with 8gb of RAM and a 3.2ghz Quad core. Which is another reason for everything - after that build, I won't be building a new one until I'm out of Uni and have a job, which could end up being four, five, six years from now. I'll need something that will last at least three years.

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What cooling? Air, water, tec, LN2, phase change...
Still thinking. I'd like to give Water Cooling a try, but I think I'll stick with fans - the case, for example, quite literally has a wall of fans on one side. Something like 4 slots for 120mm fans, and 3 for 80mm fans.

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Why 8Gb of memory when windows can only find 3 ?

Why 2 Graphics cards ?
As OR says, 64-bit Windows (XP and Vista at least) can take a lot more. I think the limit of 64-bit Vista Ultimate is 128gb (yes, 128 gigabytes of RAM). The motherboard only takes 8gb (I'd kill for a board that takes 32gb ), but it is DDR3 1666mhz RAM, which makes up for it.

Two graphics cards = more power for graphics, meaning the RAM and processor need to do less in that department and instead concentrate on their mathsy things.

And you know what I've just realised? I can actually wave goodbye to two cards in SLi, because the mobo can actually take three in SLi!! Oh gods, if the price of things drops enough...

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Get yourself a Summer job or something, OR, and I'll race you in building it!
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Old 20th April 2008, 10:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hehe it would be a usless race this year - my money is heading for lenses this time around - I only upgraded last year (for considerably less than that machine) and my computer does enough for me now - the only thing that will make me upgrade is if starcraft 2 suddenly needs crisis like specs
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

Lenses!

Lenny, if you build it (I will come? No, Manchester's too far) I will be in awe. I could never hope to afford anything like that.

And... and... 8GB RAM? *faints*

Blimey.

That's all I have to say. Blimey.
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

I think the kitty says it all...
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Old 21st April 2008, 03:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hello, CM. Long time no see.

I hope your story's going well.
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It is, thanks for asking. I hit a little speed bump while giving up smoking, but eventually I reprogrammed myself not to associate reading and writing with lighting up. My lungs have thanked me

(and yours?)
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

Instead of committing to the current grafics (sli or tri sli) for a fall build, I would recommend waiting to see how the up comming GT-200 shakes out;

Translated version of http://www.golem.de/0804/58955.html

Enjoy!
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It is, thanks for asking. I hit a little speed bump while giving up smoking, but eventually I reprogrammed myself not to associate reading and writing with lighting up. My lungs have thanked me

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My lungs are fine, thanks for asking.

As for my novel (), it's slowed a lot since posting here.... so I've decided I need a break. I'm now posting less, however much I hate it, so I can finally get some good editing done. I hired someone to assess my manuscript and he said some really good things about it. So I know I'm doing something right!

And I'm glad to hear you've stopped smoking. Your mind will no doubt be clearer, too.
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Old 27th April 2008, 02:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

Right, a week later, and how have the prices changed? Quite a lot, actually.

UberPC

Original Price - 5,023.82
26/04 - 4,660.20 -363.62



From last week:

Motherboard - down 15.87
CPU - down 31.72
RAM - down 23.50 (2 x 11.75)
HDD - down 115.15 (4 x 28.79)
BR Drives - down 82.25 (2 x 41.13)

Total for the week = down 268.49

RealisticUberPC

Original Price - 3,602.55
26/04 - 3,446.91 [size=1]-155.64[/size]



From last week:

Motherboard - down 15.87
CPU - down 31.72
RAM - down 23.50 (2 x 11.75)
HDD - down 28.79

Total for the week = down 99.88
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

Another week has passed, and the prices have dropped once more, but nowhere near as spectacularly:

UberPC

Original Price - 5,023.82
03/05 - 4,574.83 -448.99



From last week:

RAM - down 61.40 (2 x 30.70)
1TB HDD - down 5.17 (4 x 1.29)
BR Drives - down 18.80 (2 x 9.40)

Total for the week = down 85.37

RealisticUberPC

Original Price - 3,602.55
26/04 - 3,384.21 -218.34



From last week:

RAM - down 61.40 (2 x 30.70)
1TB HDD - down 1.29

Total for the week = down 62.70

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So, a month has passed for the UberPC, and it's gone down 448.99 in total.

In six months, I expect the price to drop by a half, which will be around 2511.91, which per month is 418.65 (2511.91 / 6). A drop of 448.99 is greater than my predicted monthly drop, but not by enough to make my need to change my hypothesis. Which leads me to say that, one month in, my hypothesis of a halving in price of [new] components every six months is TRUE.

The month point for RealisticUberPC is coming up next week, so I'll do the same for that thee.
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Old 9th May 2008, 01:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: UberPC - An investigation into PC Component Prices

It has always been like that lenny, ICT is THE fastest thing, keeping up with it just gave my a headache after a while, though the spec for some these machines are something else, then again another bunch of spec will probably out do these in the next couple of months. For eg the DVD Drive was released way back in 1997, expensive piece of equipment at the time, fastfoward to 2004 it became cheaper, established it self in 2005 and now is almost obsolete because of blu-ray technology (see where am going with this). The single CPU speed last time I saw it stopped at 3.8GHz, now it has gone on to the duel/triple/quad processor and is about 2.1GHz so it kind of taken a step back, but at the same time has gone foward, as for RAM/Memory that will still climb upwards. Graphics will always demand more speed and memory.
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