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Price of computers.

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Price of computers.

Just Looking at an old invoice of a computer purchased from Mesh Computers dated November 1999.
AMD Athlon 550 MHZ CPU , Matrox G400 16MB  128 SDRAM 100MHZ  18GB ATA66 7200 RPM  Plus monitor, key board and Windows 98.......... Cost  £1513.04.
Just imagine what you could get now in terms of computing power for that money.
So at least this is one item that offers more for less money but how long that trend continues is anyone's guess !  Smiley
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Re: Price of computers.

My first HDD was over £300 for 120MB back in the late 90's. Definitely more bang for your bucks these days.

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Re: Price of computers.

I think the first CD-ROM drive I bought cost about that much! Read-only of course.  Cool
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Don't get me started on what I have spent over the years.
My first PC - 286 12Mhz 1Mb ram 20Mb Hdd (yes Mb) Orange screen monitor and Hercules card. £1000 CASH
It was cheaper than a hdd unit for my bbc at the time.  Cry Crazy
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I seem to remember being quoted around £400 for a 100KB floppy drive circa 1985. I finally bought one (actually 320KB, I think) a few years later but still relatively expensive.

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So at least this is one item that offers more for less money but how long that trend continues is anyone's guess !   Smiley

Not much longer, given the markets dead/dying (for home use) and the average user carries an always on/connected PC that meets their computing needs in their pocket these days
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My first two computers I bought ready built for ca. £1200 each. My current build I did myself and cost me around £300 using parts I already had. Thinking of building another and the running total so far is £700, which I expect to finish up at ca. £1000. Swings and roundabouts. I could go either way, though, and end up buying another ready built setup if it's cheap and good enough. I'm seriously miffed at the cost of memory at the moment. I think it's way too much.
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The first PC I sold was an 8086 with no hard drive and a 1.44Mb floppy drive for £999, then the 80286 came out and I sold many of those for export to Africa.
I joined PC World in the late 386 and early 486 days and a budget 486sx25 with a 40Mb hard drive was £700, a Packard bell 486SX33 with a bundled HP Deskjet 520 could be had for £999 (4Mb Ram and a 120Mb hard drive)
My first new PC was around this time and was a 486sx2 50 IBM processor with a 170Mb hard drive and 4Mb ram
Oh the memories.
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Company I worked for were selling 15in VDUs based on the 8086 for £1500 this was in the late 1970's. VDUs based on the 8085 started at £700
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My first hard drive was a Western Digital Hard Card - 32Mb for £276!!!!!!  Shocked
I dropped it into the back of my Amstrad 1512 which had come with twin 360Kb floppies and a monochrome monitor for £499 I think!
Gordon Bennet, I can buy a laptop for that amount today! Wink
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I remember the issues with the first hard drives over >500Mb - not many computers could recognise them so you had to jumper them to a lower capacity and use a bit of software to fool the bios.
These days trying to find a bit of RAM which is less than 512Mb would be a task  Cheesy
To think you could fit the entire Windows operating system, your word processing / graphics application and all your data on a 40Mb hard drive and still have room to spare !
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My first laptop was a Bondwell, ran from the car power socket, had a 240v transformer, with single FDD, ran Dos 2.1, had wordperfect and something called 20/20 for spreadsheet analysis and a GW basic programming language.
If I remember it had an 80C88 processor 9 pin serial port and some form of printer port
It was a major step getting a second external FDD.
Bought in HK for less than £500 sometime around 1984 (As much software as I could carry was bundled with the machine, all pirate copies, all I had to buy was boxes of Floppy Disks and wait for them the be copied)
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My first computer cost millions - and that was in 1970s money.
Mind you, it was housed in its own purpose-built three-storey office building.
A modern smart-phone probably has more processing power these days.
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I Might not have been totally accurate in my original post regarding cost as the computer package included  Windows 98SE on a disk. Not sure what the cost of  What Windows Disks cost in those days but I suspect allowing for inflation is not much cheaper when compared to purchasing Windows 7 on a Disk these days.
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First computer was a BBC 'B' cost around £250, a double density floppy disk drive was around £600, happy, though not cheap days  Smiley