As mentioned in the recent Building *or* Upgrading a Computer starts with a great Case – ‘BUYOC’ post GPU prices for old GPU’s have gone up:

  •  the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER that I paid $237.99 @ Newegg on 8/6/2020 is now out of stock there … @ Amazon its $639.99 … $955.91 @ Walmart, mostly out of stock elsewhere!? The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 that I paid $209.99 for on 10/21/2019 @ Amazon is now at least $466.99 @ Amazon … $524 @ Newegg … and $499.00 “Open box” (used?) @ ebay!?!

I really need a GPU in the ‘Rose’ Intel test machine…it would help in tests where the ‘Apevia’ AMD main Linux test machine is showing bad results, i.e. could possibly help determine if the problem was GPU related or possibly AMD hardware related.

We all know what the panic ‘n political reactions to Covid-19 have been…oh, BTW, it has now been determined by WHO that Worldwide road traffic deaths in 2018 had reached 1.35 million. Thusly, WHO is now calling for all driving of trucks, cars, motorcycles, etc. be stopped immediately. All roads should also be closed. Now we have this:

Chinese GPU miners are now bulk buying GeForce RTX 30 laptops to mine Ethereum

In China, a new way of mining is slowly becoming popular. The latest GeForce RTX 30 laptops have only just launched earlier this month, which certainly did not go unnoticed by GPU miners. Apparently, people are now mass buying laptops with graphics cards such as RTX 3070 to literally stack them on the shelves to mine Ethereum. The price of the RTX 3070 laptop isn’t the lowest, which means that miners are paying more and still making a profit.

Geez…no wonder I can’t find a $399 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition GPU!?!

Well, Covid-19 ‘n Chinese GPU miners ‘n ‘da Law of Supply and Demand can’t be allowed to stop my Linux ‘n other testing! What Is the Law of Supply and Demand?

The law of supply and demand is a theory that explains the interaction between the sellers of a resource and the buyers for that resource. The theory defines the relationship between the price of a given good or product and the willingness of people to either buy or sell it. Generally, as price increases people are willing to supply more and demand less and vice versa when the price falls.

Covid-19 slowed down production…GPU miners gobble up what they can find, so we’re now close to a point where buyers stop buying ‘n prices drop, right? Did you just see that ‘Tent City’ of GeForce RTX 30 laptops mining for Ethereum?!?!? Buying of GPU’s isn’t about to slow down anytime soon, IMHO.

Thusly, humble me has turned to UserBenchmark, once again, for some advice. However, I won’t be looking for Effective Speed this time…this time, I want to see Best user rated GPU that has a low price:

Then Best value for money GPU:

Rated at #122 out of 654 GPU’s in GPU Effective Speed…it was listed for $139 not tooooo long ago. I just paid $239.95 for a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB. Won $470 a few weeks ago by winning the championship in a Fantasy Football league, so this doesn’t hurt toooo badaaaaaaaAAAAAGGGGGGH!!

 Anyway, I wanted to put the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER from ‘Antec Jr.’ into ‘Rose’ and buy that $399 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition for ‘Antec Jr.’ However, aaaaaaaAAAAAGGGGGGH!!!!

 The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is supposedly faster than the i7-8700’s Intel® UHD Graphics 630 in ‘Rose’ – aaaaaaaAAAAAGGGGGGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fortunately, I had the money for this project, and already have several nice builds that don’t need anything added right now. GPU’s aren’t the only components headed up, e.g. prices for the ‘memory used in them’ has gone-going up, motherboards, etc.

  • 2/09/2021 Update: Have started a new mini-ITX build that will eventually get this overpriced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (it should fit – tho didn’t double-check yet). Was going to stick the AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G APU (that is stored in a shed) into the ‘InWin‘ computer, but will leave that like it is ‘n retire ‘Antec Sr.‘ instead. I have a mobile cart w/ 2 computers already, and a new mini-ITX build will easily fit on it also. ‘Antec Sr.‘ is hidden outta ‘da way ‘n never gets used…will retire it, gut it for PSU ‘n 16GB memory ‘n SATA Hot Swap bay ‘n whatever else. Am downsizing from ATX motherboards ‘n modernizing all my cases.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!