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12974 No. 12974 [Edit]
Do you think coin mining is hurting pc gaming?

Thanks to people building mining rigs with dozens or even hundreds of GPUs, supplies are becoming limited and major retailers are selling them at three times their original prices. This is no big deal to minners who buy them in bulk, but for average people who actually intend to play videogames $1000 for a 1070 is just out of the question.
>> No. 12975 [Edit]
>Do you think coin mining is hurting pc gaming?
I think it's undeniable if the question is whether acquisition of new hardware hurts PC gaming. I've also noticed the price of motherboards and processors, even older ones, have increased too; no clue if it's related or coincidental.
>> No. 12977 [Edit]
This is a pretty shitty time for pc gaming in general. Ram prices are sky high due to a shortage, CPUs are melting down, offline shops don't sell PCs anymore with a focus on netbooks, and now this.
>> No. 12997 [Edit]
Of course it is, everything is expensive unless you spend time looking around and waiting for things to crop up. Due to those high prices, people will go to the xbone or ps4 which can be had for just 2-300 usd or less. Sure, games will cost more money but the up front cost is less.

>offline shops don't sell PCs anymore with a focus on netbooks
Not if you live near a micro center. Cool place if you are near one.

Post edited on 28th Jan 2018, 9:56pm
>> No. 13000 [Edit]
Only short term. If graphics cards are in demand ideally new companies will start making them but at the very least it will push R&D as there is an incentive to produce better cards to outperform competition.
>> No. 13001 [Edit]
You know anon, that's actually a pretty good way of looking at it! Who knows, in a few years we might start seeing really low prices on cards that vastly out perform the current stuff on the market.
>> No. 13087 [Edit]
It *is* making GPU cards more expensive.
>> No. 13097 [Edit]
Well, if the coin market crashes (which it's starting to) then we'll see a lot of miners dismantling their rigs and selling the cards for cheap. I wouldn't want to buy a card used in a mining rig, but it should lower prices overall if the market becomes flooded with the things.
>> No. 13099 [Edit]
It's actually on the rebound and going back up again.
>> No. 13147 [Edit]
This trend of cryptocurrency is ruining my desire for a cheap GPU... *sigh*

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