What’s Happening With GPU’s

I’ve been waiting the whole month of January to see any GPU restock with no luck.

Cryptofuckers have forced a situation (again) where either there is no GPU stock or the prices hikes higher and higher prices. Last week, I saw a plain GTX 1060 6GB for $600!! (initial price was around $270)

What About RAM Prices?

DDR4 RAM modules have reached the same price as when they were first released back in 2014. And it seems we’ll still have to wait a couple of months minimum before seeing the prices heading down again.


As you can see in the image, prices have been steadily rising since mid-2016, from ~$40 to $120 for a pack of two 4GB DDR4 2133 Mhz modules. That’s crazy!

DDR4 RAM prices has tripled in only one and a half years reaching 2014 levels

So, while we wait for a price drop, all we can do is try to find good deals on local stores or little online retailers, avoiding the big ones like Amazon or Newegg.

Good News: Ryzen CPUs Prices

As the post title says, Ryzen CPUs prices have slightly dropped since AMD is about to announce the next Ryzen generation.

What does that mean? As soon as the Ryzen 2 CPUs hit the market (April 2018), the current generation will disappear from the market.

This is actually the common update strategy of AMD to get sell as much stock of the previous generation as possible before removing them from the stores.


As far as I know, the new Ryzen 2 processors will not represent a big breakthrough, so if you are thinking about building a Ryzen-based gaming pc, this is the moment to, at least, buy the CPU.

Here are the CPUs that I’m using for some budget builds so you can see how the prices differ between Intel/AMD models with similar performance level:

  • $500 and $600: i3-7100 ($117) vs Ryzen 1200 ($100)
  • $800: i5-7500 ($202) vs Ryzen 1500X ($174)
  • $1000: i3-8350K ($170) vs Ryzen 1600X ($220) –> not a good option here

In case you are wondering, Ryzen CPUs are the best choice for the $500, $600 and $800 builds. From there (+$1000 builds), the new Intel’s Coffe Lake CPUs provide a better price/performance option.

If you have any question make sure to read the budget builds posts to learn the details about using Intel or AMD processors or just leave a comment down below.

Adrian Benavides

I've been always an avid gamer with limited resources. This led me to learn how to build the best gaming computers within tight budgets. Now, I want to share the knowledge I've acquired over the years with the world!

6 thoughts on “No GPUs, Expensive RAM but… Ryzen CPUs Cheaper Than Ever!

    1. Not a typo nor a joke: the i3-8350K is as powerful as the i5-7600K which was the CPU commonly used for $1000 builds.

      The mentioned i3 won’t bottleneck a GTX 1060 6GB. It could even handle a GTX 1070.

      So if you want to adjust your budget and avoid paying for extra CPU power that you won’t ever use… then the i3-8350K is the best option for $1000 gaming builds.

      Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM_IiSk35kk

      1. Why then not to choose the same cpu for $800 build? And why would you compare 4core/4thread cpu against 6core/12thread cpu? And why 1600X and not 1600?

        1. 1. The problem is on the motherboards… coffee lake models are crazy expensive and therefore it’s impossible to fit a coffee lake CPU in this budget without unbalancing the whole build

          2 & 3. Price of Intel CPU + Motherboard = AMD CPU + Motherboard. Maybe the current prices don’t adjust as when I first designed the builds, but that’s the basic idea behind those decisions. Of course, I also have to have in mind the target budget and the other components parts as well as choosing a balanced CPU+GPU combination that doesn’t bottleneck each other.

          Let me know if that makes any sense to you, I’m always trying to do my best with this stuff but I gotta admit I don’t always make the best choices when choosing the parts of the PC builds I recommend here. Questions like yours make me rethink the whole decision process!

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