First post, by eesz34
Sorry if this has already been discussed. I'm sure it has but couldn't find it, instead finding posts on current prices for old hardware.
I used to have a Hauppauge 386/16 like this one: https://books.google.com/books?id=6T4EAAAAMBA … AT%2F16&f=false
$1500 in 1988, $3600 in today's dollars! For a motherboard that doesn't seem all that remarkable.
The original Adlib card: http://dosdays.co.uk/topics/Manufacturers/adlib.php
$220 in 1987, $550 today! This board contains a lot of common chips that were common and cheap then, and this blows me away.
Less remarkable was the first hard drive I ever bought, a ST3243A 214MB for around $220 in approximately 1994, which is over $400 today. That is the most expensive hard drive I ever purchased, even when not accounting for inflation.
Same goes for a 4MB 72 pin SIMM I bought for $180, around 1995-96. That also was the most expensive RAM purchase I ever made, even ignoring inflation.
No wonder I didn't have nice things, being a kid who was too young to have a job and parents that saw no value in a computer.