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Modding How much money do you put into a mod?

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Morphious, 7 Jul 2004.

  1. Morphious

    Morphious What's a Dremel?

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    On average, how much money do you think you spend on any of the mods you've done for your computer?

    And I mean like, new cases and stuff - not small things like putting some rubber feeties on it or something. :p
     
  2. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Depends. In reality, what it takes but as little as possible. I can also get some stuff sponsored or at least discounted so not a HUGE amount.
     
  3. WaZzUp115

    WaZzUp115 What's a Dremel?

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    as little of possible... and as much as necessary... :p
    now iwe spent 200$+ or maybe 300$+ ... and i havent gotten far at all.. much because iwe repainted my old case like 5 times and then bought a new case.. and now bought paint that sucked.. and also 2 fans.. like 8$ each..
    new cpu fan for 38$ and GPU cooling for 16$... new PSU for 32$... something like that.. and i still need a new PSU for 110$, a new mobo for 90$, and 4 new fans for a total of 50$ and a radeon x800... plus new paint.. One spray can is 6$...

    :sigh:
     
  4. omicron

    omicron Baud.

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    It's always either too much or too little, depending on who's talking ;)
     
  5. r3Q

    r3Q Minimodder

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    seriously depends on the person. somone like you and me (who prolly has a low budget :duh: ) can and will find "original" ways to make thigs less expensive... those are more like ghetto mods ;)

    but people like zapwizard, piloux, mashie, gnome, and that one guy who spent like 10,000 on his Heavy Metal case (http://www.badgerpackaging.com/heavymetal/) have the money to do somthing great. once and a while- when you got the cash to burn (i will SOON i hope! :worried: ) you can spend some cash. but remember. a mod is not a PSU upgrade, its not plopping a new fan in an old ones spot- or dropping watercooling in a computer.

    a mod is somthing you do to alter the origional look, or mechanics of whatever you bought to make it more to your liking or taste.

    whatever you do, just make it cool for yourself! :thumb: :hip:
     
  6. my58vw

    my58vw Plexi Expert

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    Project divergence cost over 550 to build with the displays and the screen.

    I think you can do a decient mod for 200 US dollars including paint and materials. The bigger the project the more it costs to do.

    My budget for convergence is, well more than divergence...

    Yes it does take money to do something great...

    [​IMG]

    Project Divergence... 550 dollars to make a 40 dollar case to this... :D
     
  7. mrplow

    mrplow obey the fist!!

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    Butt loads!

    :sigh:
     
  8. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    My next mod will involve a small fortune in little PSU plugs alone... those low-profile plugs at a buck a piece! Then some modders mesh, w/c parts, the starting case (looking at a v2000, that won't come cheap!!), ps1 screen, and then a couple things. If I had a dollar for each idea, I'd be able to afford it.

    my58vw, divergence was awesome! real eye-catcher, especially with the top-load dvd and front LCD. if convergence has a bigger budget, I'm probably going to crap myself when I see the finished product...
     
  9. f U z ! o N

    f U z ! o N What's a Dremel?

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    what i try to do is buy small things at a time. i dont try to go full out and blow as many paychecks as possible. today i just spent 30 bucks and got 6 cathodes and a 3pin rpm wire. that will be all till next week. what id do is space it out so u can see the price at different amounts and not all at once. sigh i bet all modders wallets cry sometimes...
     
  10. Shadowspawn

    Shadowspawn Another hated American.

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    My mod is using fairly common and easily obtained parts, such as PVC pipe, sheet metal and cheap supplies like bondo and spray paint for the bulk of the work. I'll add in a few extension cables of various types, but I already own most of them. You can mod on a budget easily, just have to be creative with your designs.

    My wife gets pissy at me because I refuse to throw stuff she see's as junk away. I look at it as spare parts and potential mods. Don't ever turn down free computers, no matter how old. They always have odd things like cables, sheet metal, LED's, etc.

    For you young pups that may not already have the tools it can be expensive at first.

    Im looking at no more than $100 bucks total in my mod, and its going to be a complete system mod.
     
  11. splinter_cell

    splinter_cell What's a Dremel?

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    in total i have spent somewhere around 1500 dollars on my ocmputer, spread out over several months, and this includes parts also. its the little things that add up after a while,6 green led fans 2 cold cathodes, 30 leds, paint, sandpaper, sanding block, eyeprotection, dremel, coffee. all things i had to buy so for that its ben about 250-300$
     
  12. metarinka

    metarinka What's a Dremel?

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    My Case has cost over $1200 That doesn't include computer parts either. The line gets a little fuzzy though as when I started this project I had virtually no tools and those things aren't cheap
     
  13. Axly

    Axly slo-mo...dder

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    total so far.. hmm
    building case from scratch, so..
    Aluminium sheet (1,2m x 2,2m 2mm thick) 25 euro / us$32 something.
    Heatercore, free
    Heatercore no.2, free
    Waterhose, free
    Copper pipes and all sorts of metal stuff, free
    Copper block material, free
    Filter material, free
    Cables, cables, cables.. free
    really cool fan, free

    If you're on a tight budget, or just decide to make everything yourself.. You can find a lot of stuff for basically nothing. Recycling stations, scrapheaps, maybe you know someone who works with something where you can get freebies. Look around ;)

    I'm lucky enough to have access to most kinds of tools, and including everything (paint, material, cables, complete water cooling, everything..) apart from computer hardware, I'm pretty sure I won't pass 1500 Swedish kronor which is about $200.
     
  14. Hekke1664

    Hekke1664 What's a Dremel?

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    yesterday I spent abou 400€ on watercooling and modding supplies (plexi, leds, ... ) No pc hardware.
     
  15. Goldfish

    Goldfish What's a Dremel?

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    Well, so far, my "mods" are simple and just adding onto a case. I usually spend about £20 a go with those little mods.

    But with a new project I'll have to budget it, and so far even without the hardware its coming up to around £200 (so, just for the case itself).

    *hopes to get a job soon* :D
     
  16. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Too much. :grr:

    Still, perfection costs... :sigh:
     
  17. f U z ! o N

    f U z ! o N What's a Dremel?

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    yep. if you want that 5 star rating in these forums it takes alot of money and patience.
     
  18. ErictheHank

    ErictheHank What's a Dremel?

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    I would say that with the two mods that I have so far (simple, crap mods by bit-tech standards) I spent as much on tools as I did on the materials etc. If only I had access to a decently stocked workshop. I guess I'll have to build it myself. :sigh:
     
  19. MrBurritoMan

    MrBurritoMan What's a Dremel?

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    i like to recycle parts a little more than buy new ones so i would say a basic case mode fore me would be about $200-300US. :D
     
  20. Vazzini42

    Vazzini42 What's a Dremel?

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    I have been trying to get good deals on everything I get for my current mod and I really don't wanna think how much it has been total so far, but if I had to guess close to $600 US so far and thats without the main computer parts (mobo, proc, ram, pow supp, HDs)


    UGH ! you made me think about it !

    damn

    Vazz
     

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