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How are you all coping with increasing PC hardware and tech prices around the world?

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While I appreciate the altruistic principle behind those threads, one cannot live on bread alone.
I'm also deterred by the nature of humanity where greed ruins things for those in need.
dam you bread greed!
 
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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.

I think this is the perfect time for everyone to learn to appreciate what we have, and stop crying for not having 200+ fps in Cyberpunk 2077 ultra RT 4k. I mean, gaming is my hobby too, but one doesn't need the latest tech to play games nowadays - it's not 1998 anymore. If you have a really old PC, and are desperate for an upgrade, the RTX 3080 isn't the only option. Paying the 1.5-2x scalper tax sucks, but it's a lot more affordable on a $150 MSRP graphics card than an $800 one.
 
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I think this is the perfect time for everyone to learn to appreciate what we have, and stop crying for not having 200+ fps in Cyberpunk 2077 ultra RT 4k. I mean, gaming is my hobby too, but one doesn't need the latest tech to play games nowadays - it's not 1998 anymore. If you have a really old PC, and are desperate for an upgrade, the RTX 3080 isn't the only option. Paying the 1.5-2x scalper tax sucks, but it's a lot more affordable on a $150 MSRP graphics card than an $800 one.

or better yet, just being open minded and exploring more indie games. ^^

crypto needs to end though if we are ever to win against climate change.
 
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or better yet, just being open minded and exploring more indie games. ^^

crypto needs to end though if we are ever to win against climate change.
True, there's a lot of good indie games out there. Though, I can happily play anything at 1080p on my GTX 1650. :) Even in current conditions, it cost me £230 which was a no-brainer after selling my RX 5700 XT for £600 half an hour after I posted it on Facebook marketplace. There are options, just like you said, one needs an open mind, and explore options other than going full high-end for no reason.
 

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I think this is the perfect time for everyone to learn to appreciate what we have, and stop crying for not having 200+ fps in Cyberpunk 2077 ultra RT 4k. I mean, gaming is my hobby too, but one doesn't need the latest tech to play games nowadays - it's not 1998 anymore. If you have a really old PC, and are desperate for an upgrade, the RTX 3080 isn't the only option. Paying the 1.5-2x scalper tax sucks, but it's a lot more affordable on a $150 MSRP graphics card than an $800 one.

I have checked benches and my 2070 Super is fine even for modern games. I might have to go from Ultra to High on a few games but tbh I can't tell much difference and in some cases no difference at all.

What I've been doing anyway is to clear my backlog of older games that I've already bought. That's about 3 years of playing games and there are hundreds of games that I could buy and run fine. If my card holds out then I think I can easily get through the shortages and then upgrade. Right now I'm playing Warcraft: Orcs and Humans (1994) and it's pretty fun.
 
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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:
FFS, I just want to be able to get an RTX 3060 or an RX 5700XT for closer to that!
 
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or better yet, just being open minded and exploring more indie games. ^^

crypto needs to end though if we are ever to win against climate change.
I bought some games I never would've considered buying back in 2018-2019: limbo, little nightmares and inside. I figured I'd never be playing another side-scroller again.
 
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I haven't bought a game in over 12 months because I don't see antything that appeals to me. Just waiting for Barbed Wire Studios to finish GoH off so I can jump in my Hetzer once again and wreak havoc on the opposition. Apart from that I'm not looking at any hardware for the forseeable future.
 
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how am i coping?

well on one side i am almost delighted that the rest of the world have to experience pricing that i quite often see in Switzerland...
hilarious .... a 3070 is almost at the initial price of my 1070 in 2016, 499.99$ for a 3070, 575.95$ for a 1070 ... 499.99? :laugh: the 3070 is 785.06$ for the cheapest for me (not in stock ofc) 1chf to 1.09$ conversion

on the other side... my main rig is getting long on tooth ...

but hey! i am used to these pricing ... i just take the most expensive pieces with a tiered monthly payment like i always did ... well, when they will be available ... which is a bigger problem than the pricing ... for GPUs at last ...



well ... "your 3070 is still 300$ cheaper than my 3070 ... complain more on price hike, but wait till we can actually buy the products" :roll:


edit: ohhhh the best GPU in stock i can find is a .... 2060... pffahahahaha and around 749chf for the cheapest in stock ahahahah i guess my 1070 is here to stay, damn 4yrs already since launch ... ouch
Cheapest RTX 3070 here is 2000 euro :). 785 dollars is nice sum compared to mine, but still woudnt buy it because over msrp 285 dollah.
 
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By buying hardware before the price surge.
 
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