I posted this on TheGamersBlog.net a couple of months ago and still feel it’s relevant… I recently upgraded my system. Basically I transferred from my old system my nice ACER monitor, Logitech speakers, mouse, keyboard, case, power supply, hard drive, my video card, NVidia 8800 GT, and added an AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz Quad core, with a ddr3 compatible Mobo and 4 Gigs of DDR3 at 7-7-7 timing. I have had my case for like 5 years, it hold all the new hardware just fine, I have had the keyboard for the same amount of time and works fine. The mouse is a 1 year old optical Microsoft (wired) and works like a charm. So for the upgrade of the CPU, Mobo and Ram, I spent less than $350.00. For basically a friggin’ new system!! Guaranteed to out perform anything you can walk into Best Buy and find for over a grand. This is a vague look at my upgrade and the total scope of what I’ve spent (relatively low), but considering that I am able to swap out parts when one becomes outdated for a relatively cheap price, is in itself priceless : )
So, back to the title of the article, it seems like the cost of computer hardware is on the rise. For the past 6 years the average prices of computer component prices has been dropping by 7.8 %, but looking into 2010 it is likely we could very well see an estimated rise of 2.8 % , meaning more expensive upgrades and new computers. One obvious way to see this rise in hardware going up is in memory, as possibly some of you may have experiences already. The shortage in hardware, meaning higher prices, is directly related to the current recession. One thing is for sure, with the average cost of Macs going up to $1,575 (dat be a ton of doe) the average price of PC’s is about half of that, I know what I’ll continue to buy.