The cost of all computer systems can be quite a shock to some consumers, but the vast majority of these systems are relatively cheap.
A new study by the Consumer Technology Association shows that the average cost of a computer system in the United States was $1,724 in 2013, up about $1 from 2012.
That is a slight increase over 2012, but not enough to make a significant difference in a year when consumers have been bombarded with so many new and expensive computer systems.
“This year’s data confirms that computer costs remain high despite a significant uptick in demand and the need for technology upgrades,” said Todd S. Besser, CTA’s senior vice president for technology and innovation.
“While the overall average cost for computer systems in the U.S. has decreased by nearly $1 over the past year, the average system cost is still higher than it was two years ago.”
Computer systems with embedded processors are among the least expensive, according to the CTA.
Computer systems using chips from semiconductor giant Intel and chip maker Qualcomm are among those most expensive, with an average system price of $1.4 million.
“These data suggest that computer systems continue to be priced out of reach of many consumers,” said Sian Nunez, CSA’s chief executive officer.
The CTA analyzed the cost of computer systems purchased from manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others.
The study also examined the cost per unit of systems, as well as the average price per day per computer, which is a measure of how much money is spent on computer systems per day.
The average cost per computer system is $6,071, according the CSA.
The cost per day is $7,859.
The highest-cost computer system with embedded chips is a $2,100 Intel Core i5-2410M processor, which has a clock speed of 1.6GHz.
That processor is not a typical high-end desktop processor.
The most expensive computer system at $1 million is a 2,000-core Xeon processor with an Intel Xeon processor-accelerated graphics card.
The price per CPU, meanwhile, is $1 per core, with a total of $21,700.
The least expensive computer is a 3,000 to 4,000 core AMD Radeon processor, with $3,000 for a graphics card and a total cost of $14,500.