PC gaming is full of bargains, for those with the patience and know how to take advantage of it. Dirt cheap games are always going on sale for 90% off, while constant hardware revisions means you can pick up bargains just a year after a CPU or GPU is released. However, at times we do all like a little blowout, whether that be a top-of-the-line graphics card or an eye-popping new monitor. Something special which can really take your gaming experience to the next level.
This needn't be just related to the necessary hardware either. It could be that insane flight simulator setup you'd always dreamed of, or finally buckling and buying a virtual reality headset.
So what is the most expensive PC component you have ever bought? And was it worth the huge investment?
I’ll start with mine. It’s cheating a little bit because it’s two, but I did buy a pair of GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards back in the day. These were $600 / £400 a pop back in 2005 and I was working part-time in a shop to pay for this stuff. Fortunately I was still living my parents at the time so didn’t have rent to worry about, but it was still an incredibly huge investment and still the biggest I’ve made to this day.
It was absolutely fantastic. For about a year. I could absolutely tear through Battlefield 2 like nobody’s business, backed up by my 4GB RAM. It didn’t take long for the 7800’s to be usurped though, and it ultimately went down as a bad decision on my part to go the SLI route. I’d have been a lot better buying a single 7800 GTX and then selling it and upgrading to an 8800 a year or so later. I could have easily saved myself £600 (well over 100 hours work at the time!). Lesson learnt though - I’ve never gone multi-GPU since, and I don’t think I ever will!
Back to you now then, what is the most expensive PC component you have bought, and let us know whether it ended up being worth it!