My personal computing experience dates back to 1994 and the Compuserve days, while my first PC was an NEC P60 that costs a cool $5000 (CDN) with its 540 meg HD, 4 MB Ram, and 3X CD-Rom. I had to buy and install my first Creative sound card (~$300), extra 4MB of Ram (~$300), and ultimately install an extra 540 MB WD hard drive for another $500. The matching 15" NEC monitor and fancy non-glare screen set me back another $1000 and ~$400 for the fancy Intel external 14,400 dialup fax modem. When I later upgraded to a 4 meg video card, those awesome 2D graphics were nearly worth the fortune it cost me at the time.
That was the last ready made PC I ever purchased as I built about three dozen over the next twelve years.
Last month I purchased a 2.66GHz WinXP PC with 512 MB Ram, 160 GB HD, 48X CD-RW/DVD, with built in video/sound/nic, and seperate speakers, mouse, and KB from Dell all for $299 (CDN).
I doubt if I'll be building anymore boxes when they can be had ready-made for so very little these days.
Edited by slieveen, 04 June 2006 - 02:04 PM.