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Currently looking to add SSD storage, I'm looking at Samsung 870 EVO 1TB right now. If what you said is true, I may need to buy it sooner than later. The pricing is still within normal range right now.

I also want to upgrade to faster RAM, maybe 32GB 3200MHz (currently 16GB 2400MHz), but at the same time, I need more SSD storage more than RAM. So SSD is my highest priority. Here, RAM prices have already increased a bit by now.
I could buy both at the same time, but it would ruin my monthly budget and spending limit for PC hardware. Just personal finance stuff.

Should I though?

Other than that, I think my slightly OCed 1700X, and GTX 1080 Ti are still doing more than a great job for what I do and play.
 
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Can't be helped, I feel very blessed to have my gtx 1080 still. No viable alternatives out there at the moment. I'm on the EVGA wait-list for several months now.

My cheap Corsair keyboard is typing double letters now and then so I'm in the market for a new one. I'm looking at the Glorious PC line of mechanical ones, the ten keyless style. At least those are still sanely priced and in abundance at my area Micro Center. I better act fast, though, just because. That's what I feel like: nowadays, you need to make a snap decision on certain parts because the opportunity may not come by your way anytime soon.
 
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Not without my glasses it ain't.
Resolution sucks but you got fully ray traced visuals :) and boy 60FPS minimum all the way :p
 
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I built my current "flagship" system in 2019. R9 3900x, pair of 590s, plus the usual gear. Turns out my timing was on point.. I've been building systems continuously since the 386 days, and this is the first system I've ever built that is worth considerably more now than when I built it. I use it for both gaming and mining, about 50/50 mix. It mines when I'm at work and games when I'm at home. I keep things set to where temp and power consumption are minimized, to avoid unneccesary wear and tear on components. It's more profitable mining now than when I built it, and still games like a beast. To say the least, I'm great with the way things are. I'm not likely to need an upgrade for a good while, so plenty of time to save up. :) just my $.02.
 
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i notice early on and bought then. that being said. 1 deal i snipe on was 4 8tb exo drives for 400 even.
 
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Meanwhile in America ...

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This is what I like to see. Memory Express here did it one step further - no more cards for one who purchased one lately till things return to normal. Then it changed to Back orders only and they stopped a while ago for Back Orders
 
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Meanwhile in UK:
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I couldn't even buy a 3060 for that much over here.
 
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I couldn't even buy a 3060 for that much over here.
Holy crap. That's a damn nice price for a 3080. Are these still available? I'd get my sis to get one of those for me for that price :O
 
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Holy crap. That's a damn nice price for a 3080. Are these still available? I'd get my sis to get one of those for me for that price :O
They pretty much have a weekly drop of FE versions at scan. Yesterday included 3060 Ti, 3070, 3080 and 3090 all at MSRP. The problem is you have to get in before bots swarm in.
 
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They pretty much have a weekly drop of FE versions at scan. Yesterday included 3060 Ti, 3070, 3080 and 3090 all at MSRP. The problem is you have to get in before bots swarm in.
i givin up on that. not worth my time
 
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How do you know that isn't what the salesman told him? I bet you most people that aren't nerds don't know China doesn't produce the chips.
A car salesman lie? Tell me it ain't so!

NGL, I prefer buying in physical stores. I don't trust post services
I bought a GTX 780 off ebay for ~$500 (US) in 2014. The United States Postal Service never delivered it and when I submitted paperwork for a resolution claim, this is what they discovered:
"an empty wrapper with your address was found in the mail and is believed to have been separated from your parcel during handling (see attached portion of the wrapper)
If the contents of the parcel have not been accounted for and you wish that a search be made for the article(s),
please complete the bottom and reverse of this form and return it to the Dead Parcel Branch in the enclosed preaddressed envelope."

Their 'regrets' didn't do much for the seller who lost the card and my payment (I was refunded). He didn't pay for insurance. I figure a US Postal Service employee saw the ebay item number on the box, looked it up on his smartphone, and stole the videocard.
 
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imo the vaccine has saved the day in UK and USA, there should be no more online sales period. in-store only. the scammers and bots will be halved instantly.
 
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imo the vaccine has saved the day in UK and USA, there should be no more online sales period. in-store only. the scammers and bots will be halved instantly.

Other than Best Buy and Microcenter, who's left with physical retail? I guess there's B&H, but that's only helpful if one lives near New York.
 
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Other than Best Buy and Microcenter, who's left with physical retail? I guess there's B&H, but that's only helpful if one lives near New York.

Wal-Mart and Best Buy have enough locations to saturate everyone. 5 cards per store, physical only. scammers bots defeated instantly!!!! costs lot of gas to drive to every walmart in usa...
 
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The chip shortage is certainly not going to end this year and probably not next year either. IBM has now joined ranks with TSMC and Intel in projecting more gloom for the future of chip supply. This is more bad news for gamers but it's what I have expected. The problem will probably be alleviated when more fabs come online but that takes years. If you are planning on upgrading in the next few years then expect to pay scalpers prices of 3 times MSRP. If you can wait it out then take good care of your present card.

 
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I'm coping with increased prices and shortages by selling unused items.
 
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I'm coping with increased prices and shortages by selling unused items.
I'd do the same with my unwanted hardware. My only issue is the e-mithering on certain marketplaces. You could put a 3090 up for sale and someone would PM you and ask if they could buy it for $200. I'm not kidding. :mad:
 

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Meanwhile in UK:
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I couldn't even buy a 3060 for that much over here.
I've not seen any RTX or any GPU cards in stock with Scan for ages... I was 'lucky' to snag a 3090 from them for £300 more than what it should have been but I'm not sure if that was more stupidity or not....
 
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Meanwhile in UK:
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I couldn't even buy a 3060 for that much over here.
I don't know where you got that image from because any incoming cards are reserved for customers who have been waiting forever.

No Nvidia cards are for sale or in the customer backlog, that's clearly displayed on Scans website.
And if they did have any Nvidia cards they be going straight into pre builds.

Looked again and even 3080 pre built rigs are on the waiting list. So no, there weren't any 3080's on offer or any other model for that matter.
They don't have a weekly drop as you stated either. :wtf:

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https://www.scan.co.uk/shops/nvidia/rtx-30-series-faqs


I've not seen any RTX or any GPU cards in stock with Scan for ages...
Neither has anyone else :D
 
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It's really sad to see the brick and mortar stores continue to close. :(
Sad and depressing. Its even more so when they're closed and another store opens up in its place that looks like it hasn't been cleaned in years and the merchandise they sell is cheap garbage. Just about everything is online now and we have way too much stuff(i.e. cheap knockoffs) being imported.
 
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Sad and depressing. Its even more so when they're closed and another store opens up in its place that looks like it hasn't been cleaned in years and the merchandise they sell is cheap garbage. Just about everything is online now and we have way too much stuff(i.e. cheap knockoffs) being imported.
Like cell phone case shops, I mean how many does one person need.. :)
I tend to stay well away from cheap crap. I have enough as it is :D
 
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