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Old 01-25-2018, 11:08 AM   #1
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Gamer's Shopping Guide - January 25 - 31: #PS4 #Nintendo #XboxOne #Nvidia #Bluray


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Great week for Blu-ray combo packs. Bad week for video cards.
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Great week for Blu-ray combo packs. Bad week for video cards.
My friend took an image of the video card shelf at Fry's electronics. Completely bare.
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Yeah, the cryptocurrency mining surge is killing the market right now.

The Great Graphics Card Shortage Of 2018

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This graphics processing unit (GPU) shortage started in December, when a bitcoin surge led to renewed interest in cryptocurrency mining, the process of generating numbers to claim new blocks in a blockchain, earning digital currency as a result. In order to mine cryptocurrency, you need a beefy rig, so miners are snatching up as many GPUs as possible in order to earn some of that sweet, sweet cyber-money.

For weeks now, high-end GPUs have been out of stock at just about every major retailer. Cards like the GTX 1080, which normally retails for $550, have been going for over $1,000 on third-party marketplaces. Leading graphics card maker NVIDIA has even started limiting its online sales, limiting each item to two per customer in an attempt to thwart miners. (When reached by Kotaku, NVIDIA declined to comment further on the shortage.)

Of course, the majority of GPUs are selling through retailers, not NVIDIA’s store, and a glance at your local Best Buy’s racks will reveal a severe shortage of graphics cards these days. Computer part prices do tend to have peaks and valleys—look how pricey RAM is right now!—but as far as I can tell, we’ve never seen a shortage this consistent and extended. It is, by all accounts, an unprecedented drought of GPUs.
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One can hope if that these people will keep it up that Nvid and co will start making GPUs specific to the needs of that market which hopefully can help fund the gaming side of things. We should expect a bubble at some point for cryptocurrency. I know governments are none-too-pleased about tax dodgers so the come uppings will happen. I am so glad I built my PC when overwatch came out because I would have been a bad way if I decided to do it this year. I am still bummed I couldn't get a 1080ti.
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The wall will hit when the costs of mining and transaction fees exceed the value of the currency. Many people are estimating that this will be around 2020.
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So some time ago I got the Sennheiser PC 363D Gaming Headset when it was on sale and listed here based on some recommendations. However, for some reason the cable kinked and now the sound drops in and out. I don't care how good the sound is supposed to be, these things are fragile as hell and I cannot recommend them. I absolutely hate corded headphones,especially when they are so expensive and can be broken so easily.

So now I'm $150 poorer and back at square 1. What's a good headset these days for gaming? Preferably wireless.

Right now I'm leaning toward the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
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Amazon has some good deal on Logitech hardware today.

Logitech G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse – 11 Programmable Buttons, Up to 2500 DPI - $29.99
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