real cost of first-time computer (calculator) - stuff to get

 

Overview

the information you enter here runs only on your browser on your machine, no data is transmitted to a server unless you use bookmark URL button, then it submits to same page (nothing active on server side) and builds a URL.

I tried to get as many numbers correct as possible. I would really like to remove the calculate button, but due to older Pentium/Pentium 4 machines, this is not practical for those folks until those machines are gone, then I can start making this really automatic and the PSU calculator as well.

the prices, however fluctuate too fast for me to keep up. I got these from newegg.com and other places.

math is now allowed in the inputs. it ignores , _ $ USD CAD CHF

this application is slow on old or cheap computers, so I have chosen not to make visual updates automatic due to the sheer number of inputs to process.

calculator

updated:6/1/2013

Table Title:
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computer
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Item $ Min $ Max $ Hand-picked Qty $ Min EXT $ Max EXT $ Hand-picked EXT
desktop
high-end desktop (such as i7-3970x)
laptop
i7-3940xm laptop
macbook air
apple macbook pro
tablet
desktop workstation
mobile workstation
networking - wigig standard (7Gbps wifi) is coming next year.
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Item $ Min $ Max $ Hand-picked Qty $ Min EXT $ Max EXT $ Hand-picked EXT
router with ethernet cable that goes from modem to router's internet port. ASUS RT-AC66R 802.11ac 802.11b/g/n (handled on different bands) highly suggested. 786Mbps over 802.11ac.
router with ethernet cable that goes from modem to router's internet port. Apple Airport Extreme 802.11a/b/g/n dual band-n highly suggested for macs. wireless printing thru usb port.
ASUS PCE-AC66 pci-e 802.11ac 802.11ac, 802.11b/g/n network adapter, highly suggested for desktops. 3 antennas, 786Mbps. if you have a DESKTOPS and WORKSTATIONS, I would highly recommend this if you need wifi for it.
linksys WMP600N pci 802.11b/g/n network adapter, highly suggested for older DESKTOPS and WORKSTATIONS. 2 antennas, 300Mbps.
linksys WUMC700 wireless ethernet bridge (gaming adapter/universal media connector) 802.11ac, 802.11a/n network adapter, has 4 ethernet wired ports which bridge to your wifi once you set it up with the software or you can set it up manually (trust me, software is FAR easier unless you like working with static/fixed IP's) can be used to connect anything with an ethernet jack to wifi including older slower LAPTOPS, DESKTOPS and WORKSTATIONS with only an ethernet jack (has a NIC). 3 internal antennas, guessing 786Mbps, linksys advertises 1.3Gbps but I don't believe it, you only get that with 8 antennas which makes a big box.
linksys WES610N-NP dual-band n wireless ethernet bridge (gaming adapter/universal media connector) 802.11a/b/g/n network adapter, has 4 ethernet wired ports which bridge to your wifi once you set it up with the software or you can set it up manually (trust me, software is FAR easier unless you like working with static/fixed IP's) can be used to connect anything with an ethernet jack to wifi including older slower LAPTOPS, DESKTOPS and WORKSTATIONS with only an ethernet jack (has a NIC). wigig standard (7Gbps wifi) is coming next year. 3 internal antennas, 300Mbps.
25' cat6 ethernet cable, (goes from computer or TV or blu-ray to router)
25' cat5e ethernet cable, (goes from computer or TV or blu-ray to router)
wireless ethernet bridge (gaming adapter/universal media connector). also used for connecting ethernet network printers that don't have wireless, such as lasers. choose Linksys WUMC710N (802.11ac/n/b/g) or Linksys WES610N (802.11n/b/g)
US Robotics USR8420 USB 3.0 card reader hot swappable
printer-related
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Item $ Max $ Hand-picked Qty $ Min EXT $ Max EXT $ Hand-picked EXT
printer,
All in One printer, Kodak Printer (ink costs between $40-$150 per set),kodak costs the least in ink and for printer, but you change ink every ream
Photo printer
copy paper, 1 ream (feeds best on only one side), Boise X9 hi-brite, Boise X9
copy paper, 1 case(box) (feeds best on only one side), Boise X9 hi-brite, Boise X9
inkjet paper, 1 ream (feeds best only on one side, plasticized, will melt in lasers or copiers), low cost, HP Presentation paper
inkjet paper, 1 case (feeds best only on one side, plasticized, will melt in lasers or copiers), low cost, HP Presentation paper
15' usb 2.0 A to B cable (for printers) in office supply store or from printer mfr it will cost you $25. usb 2.0 is 1/10 speed of usb 3.0.
3m(9.75ft) usb 2.0 A(M) to A(F) cable the 3m would be good for most purposes. usb 2.0 is very slow compared to usb 3.0.
usb 3.0 cables usb 3.0 is 1/3 the speed of thunderbolt.
6' usb 3.0/2.0/1.1 extender cable A(M) to A(F) usb 3.0 is 1/3 the speed of thunderbolt/displayport. 3' didn't do it for me, too short for average use from pc to desktop. use to save your ports and extend reach for products with insanely short cables like drive docks.
39"(1m) usb 2.0/3.0 A(M) to A(F) extender cable usb 3.0 is 1/3 the speed of thunderbolt/displayport. has more pins/wires than usb 2.0, but it backward compatible with 2.0 and 1.1
misc
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Item $ Min $ Max $ Hand-picked Qty $ Min EXT $ Max EXT $ Hand-picked EXT
modular drive dock Icy Dock mb981u3-1sa use for hard drive/SSD upgrades or migration to different drive, get 2.
fssdev.com's drive2drive drive copy/migration/upgrade software use for hard drive/SSD upgrades or migration to diferent drive - licensed per machine, very teeny - if it's anything like fssdev's casper 7.0's copy function, it should work pretty well. be aware that you need to use a drive with DOS/95/98/ME/2000/XP/vista (7/8/8.1 and up can handle larger sectors) that has sector translation (has 512-byte sector compatibility).
7-port (minimum) usb hub (save your ports from damage) this
28-port usb hub (save your ports from damage) mondohub
Tripp Lite IB8RM 8-outlet surge protector w/corded switch, w/EFI/RFI filtering, spike clamping to 140V, 3800 joules. this is useful if this is under a media cabinet or desk, and you need the switch to operate remotely from the surge protector's location. 1440W
Tripp Lite ISOBAR8ULTRA 8-outlet surge protector w/EFI/RFI filtering, spike clamping to 140V, 3800 joules newegg.com ISOBAR 8-outlet models.get 1 for modem+router and 1 for computer. 1440W
TRIPP LITE LC1800 Line Conditioner - Automatic Voltage Regulation with Surge Protection 6-outlets w/EFI/RFI surge protection, clamping to 140V, 1440 joules (supplement with or replacement for ISOBAR above) newegg.com ISOBAR 8-outlet models. handles 15A outlet.
Broadband Internet Service. Dialup cannot handle windows or linux updates.$60-$300/mo comcast costs $75/mo for performance.
laptop cooler newegg.com $30 or something from office supply store. I thought a 200mm fan would be best, but have not tried it.
monitor (can buy used at goodwill or computer recycling place, or you can buy a 30" pro monitor with 2560x1600 resolution if you need big high quality hi res and color accurate) ASUS has a 4K 31.5" monitor for lowest-in-class price
cheap logitech speakers
high-end Logitech 2.1 speakers
mouse. use ps2. less chance of it getting disconnected by lack of drivers. avoid choosing something cheap, don't last as long.
bucking spring mechanical switch keyboard - my choice is UNICOMP who makes IBM keyboards. use ps2 on desktop if possible, usb on laptop, or desktop if no other choice. ps2 has less chance of it getting disconnected by lack of drivers. keyboard weighs 5 lbs. kinda loud, but has nice audible and tactile feedback which makes me type faster and more accurately. you can ask for a custom layout, but it costs more.
software - student version costs much less, but you must be a student to buy - after you are finished being a student, you must usually buy the full version.
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Item $ Min $ Max $ Hand-picked Qty $ Min EXT $ Max EXT $ Hand-picked EXT
Mcafee Total Protection or Norton 360
Apache OpenOffice.org (free!) - can read and write Microsoft Office 2007 documents and make PDFs - perfect for students
Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student 3-user
Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (has access and other things)
Microsoft Project Professional 2013 I have not found an equivalent that works anywhere near as good.
Dia or here on sourceforge.net. a diagramming tool.
ArgoUML for UML modelling (state chart diagrams, sequence diagrams, use case diagrams, class diagrams,etc). for better stuff, get IBM Rational Rose.
SmartDraw Visual Processor (like a word processor, but for visuals. also contains project management which you can base the tasks off of a mind map. $497 version can import ms project files and visio files)
Microsoft Visio Professional 2013 (get boxed version!)
GIMP Massive Package GIMP Massive Package (free), paint/photo. not always intuitive, so get a GIMP book. seems likefree isn't necessarily free...
Corel Paint Shop Pro Ultimate (Paint/Photo).has vector, other media like oils, pastels, chalk, etc. works with ps plugins and graphics tablets.
CorelDraw Suite (Paint/Photo/illustration)
Adobe Photoshop Elements+Premiere Elements
Corel Painter for artists. I think you can use photoshop CS for stuff like this, but there isn't too much equivalent for painter.
Adobe CC (Creative Cloud), 1 year subscription
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