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I would like to know what you

I would like to know what you disagree with.

Do you really think that if inflation had not occurred that the price of computers would not have decreased due to the three factors of manufacturing which have occurred between the 1990's and today?

Seriously; mass-production reduces price, automation also reduces price, and so does using cheaper components. So, how could a computer cost the same, even though all three of these manufacturing aspects would have been initiated?

I didn't write "business class" computer. I wrote the kind of computers I use as an engineer. Think your highest end gaming PCs and then add from there. Remember when there were small computer builders? They still exist for CAD duty, because the market price point is there for them.

Sorry, but most CAD computer systems are not even equivalent to High-End Gaming PC's with limited exception. Sure depending on the actual work one does, one could have a 'special' graphics card which is expensive, but that is mainly due to the fact that the manufactures don't sell many in comparison to retail graphics cards. They may also use ECC memory modules which are relatively more expensive than regular DDR3 modules; maybe your particular computer uses RAMBUS modules -but I doubt it.

Also, even in the SILICON Grafix computers the specially designed motherboards still use general off-the-shelf resistors, capacitors, ICs, etc. so they aren't really meant to last very long either; however, their limited use does extend their life.

The reality is that special markets are easily manipulated. Very few products are actually designed and built from the ground up. Most just use conventional easy to purchase relatively mass-produced items; and then are sold to unknowing individuals and their departments for a premium price. Some of the high price -in certain situations- may actually be due to service to fix problems which arise; this is far different than making a product of high quality, which has few if any problems.

The price point is there for them.

True, but that is due to the fact that most engineers are incapable of building their own equipment anymore. They open a catalog -or whatever- and then they make an order. Yes, if you work in an actual engineering department, it would be more cost effective, to purchase the components and build your own computers, then to buy manufactured computers for $12,000.