PC Parts price list - Blast from the past

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  1. vid_ghost

    vid_ghost Member

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    So i just ordered a new AMD Ryzen 7 3700X system and the total cost came to $999 by reusing an old RX470
    I thought this was pretty expensive overall to be honest until I found an old parts price
    list i had laying around from September 2000 when i used to buy all my stuff from
    ARC Penrith. What a complete shock at what things used to cost.

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    I also have other old price lists linked here.
    https://oi670.photobucket.com/albums/vv68/vid_ghost/13092000.jpg
    https://oi670.photobucket.com/albums/vv68/vid_ghost/28072000Parts.jpg
     
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  2. FOTW

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    Not really that expensive if you where to build a mid range system from that price list you would be looking at about $1600 with a 17" screen for a very good mid end system for that time period.

    With $1600 you could build a very good mid range system now.

    Of course the system you build now would be much faster then the one built in 2000, however prices really haven't really changed that much for equivalent part

    For example Midrange AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is $389 while back then a mid range AMD K7-750MHZ is $375.

    nice find by the way love to look at these old catalogs every now and then and try to remember what I had or worked on or wanted back then.
     
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    $1600 then is very different from $1600 now.
     
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    Yeah I suppose with inflation taken into consideration $1600 back then would be about $2500 today.
     
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    I would call a 3700X pretty high end in todays options
    Back then AMD were charging your $1500 for a 1.1Ghz K7
    Tossing that $1500 from the year 2000 into an online inflation calculator gives you a number of $2,377.75

    $395 for a 30GB hard drive was great value :) funny that $10 USB Sticks today have more then 30GB's

    Geforce 2 64MB card was $885 LOL :) wow Wonder if that thing would have enough power to run windows desktop.
     
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    I remember these guys... I think I applied for a job there once about 20 years ago.
     
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    I used to buy DDR1 ram from the Penrith store... i asked for ram and they would open up a draw and pull out a stick. The draw had ram just lose in their like cutlery and mostly "at the time" were genric brands like Geil.. no packaging at all.. i had to ask for a static bag .. twice i had to go back and return the faulty ram :) haha .. I've never purchased faulty ram from anywhere else ever or have had ram fail on me at some point.

    Memory chip reliability has gone up allot
     
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  8. Phido

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    I love old price lists..

    Arc has temp shut all physical stores.
     
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    Nice, reminds me of this OCAU article which itself was written 15 years ago.. jebus.
     
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    Had me one of those Voodoo 3's. What a beast of a card. Brought 2 x Voodoo 2's 12M as well a few years earlier for around $450 a piece :lol:
     
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    Ah, back in the days when we didn't have so much 'bloatware' chewing up the processing power of the components. :D
     
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  12. steelbom

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    Holy crap. Crazy to think how much and how fast hardware has changed. My first PC had a Core 2 Duo and 2GB of RAM which I think is tiny. But 64MB??? :eek::eek:
     
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    7 year labour RTB warranty...shit you won't see this anyway nowadays.
     
  14. Phido

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    Brings back memories.
    Main box:
    • Commodore PC-20 III 20Mb HD 640kb
    • Wang 286 30Mb HD 640kb
    • 386DX25 4Mb, ~100Mb HD
    • Cyrix 6x86 166+ 32Mb ram 6.4Gb
    • Celeron 533 oc to 800 128mb ~20gb HD
    • Athlon 1333Mhz then 2500+XP, ~1gb ram 80gb hd
    • Phenom 720BE then 1090 4gb ram then 8 gb ram.
    • 4790k 8gb ram 256 sdd 6tb hd.
    • Ryzen 3700x 32gb ram 1Tb SSD

    So my current machine has 1000 times more ram than my late 90's Cyrix (and 32mb was huge back then, many just had 8mb). 53,333 times more than my original two boxes.

    But those Voodoo3's would have been nice investments. You could probably get as much as that now.
    Things are definitely slowing down now. In the 90's I had like 5 different machines. My 4790k lasted 5 years and is now a 2nd machine.
     
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    Those were the days :D Many hours spent drooling over PC Powerplay magazine and reviews of Voodoo 2's and eventually GeForce II GTS's. Made do with a 2mb S3 trio though, lmao.
     
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    They all went out of business :D
     
  19. Matthew kane

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    Exactly!
     
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    Why? you said "anywhere".
     

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