RAM Prices Continue Rising -- Here's Why
RAM prices are on the rise again. If you've watched the market prices on RAM -- either through our weekend sales round ups or just through shopping in general -- you'd have noticed the price of an 8GB 1600MHz kit has nearly tripled. Around the end of 2012 through the first few months of 2013, the price of our example kit was in the mid $30-40 range; since that golden period, the price has raised pretty steadily toward the current resting spot. Prices had a major peak around the end of last year after supplier Hynix's factor fire, but February saw prices settle at what appeared to be a fairly steady $70-80 range.
It seems that this is no longer the case.
Starting around June of this year, prices began climbing once again. The current price appears to be in the mid $80-90 range and is poised to climb even higher. DDR3 hasn't changed much -- why is the price so volatile? To adequately answer this, let's recap RAM's position in the PC world and talk about how it's made.
Weekend Hardware Sales - Mechanical Keyboard, Budget Case, 480GB SSDSunday, 20 July 2014
To celebrate the middle of Summer (also known as "oh no, its almost time to start the back to school count-down clock"), we take a look at some items to make “homework” much more enjoyable. Our weekend sales round-up features the G710 mechanical keyboard for $120, a case from NZXT for only $55, the last-gen MSI Z87-G41 for $70, and a Mushkin 480GB SSD at $210. Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts for all of our articles and additional sales throughout the week (and if you don't, we will hunt you down and force you to watch Killer Clowns From Outer Space -- you have been warned).
Weekend Hardware Sales - Tt Gaming Mouse, $45 GameCom 780, MoreFriday, 11 July 2014
In the beginning, there was ENIAC. It was programmable and it was good… OK -- so it was large, bulky, couldn’t play anything fun, and had no use for any of these featured items, but without it we wouldn't be here today. This week we are focusing on peripherals with a CLC at $58, 4 case fans for $5, a laser gaming mouse at $40, and a Plantronics 780 for only $45. Continue to check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds for more interesting deals throughout the week. Also subscribe to our YouTube channel for build tips and product reviews as they happen.
Weekend Hardware Sales - $268 R9 280X, $90 850W PSU, MoreMonday, 07 July 2014
This past weekend's deals feature a Radeon R9 280X at $268, a modular 850W PSU for $90, 1TB HDD for $55, and 8GB of high-end RAM for $95. If these discounts don't fill the void in your soul, then keep posted to our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and check out our most recent YouTube post for a review of the HyperX Fury series RAM, as its big brothers are featured as our pick of the week.
Weekend Hardware Sales - 4670K, Z97 Board, Corsair 250DSunday, 29 June 2014
The weekend sales roundup features an i5-4690K for $220, a Z97 motherboard at $125, a Mini-ITX case around $71, and the G700s gaming mouse for only $60. This next week should have more sales as the US gets closer to the 4th of July, commonly known as the holiday celebrating how to influence politics by hiding behind trees and shooting people. Our Twitter and Facebook pages will provide sales as we find them, and stay subscribed to our YouTube account for how-to videos and reviews of components.
Weekend Hardware Sales - NZXT HUE, $400 1TB SSD, $170 8350Saturday, 21 June 2014
This weekend's sales roundup features an LED controller for $28, case fans at $16, an AMD CPU for $170, and a 1 TB SSD for just $400. If these deals don't whet your appetite for improving your system, first - get a better appetite, then keep posted to our Twitter and Facebook accounts for more sales and deals throughout the week. Also subscribe to our YouTube channel for build tips, interviews, and reviews.
Weekend Hardware Sales - $75 2400MHz RAM, $600 780 TiSunday, 15 June 2014
To celebrate Father’s Day, we strongly recommend you build a computer -- though that tends to be my recommendation for everything, including the celebration of a full moon on Friday the 13th (next one isn’t until 2049). This weekend's sales round-up features a 450W PSU for $40, 8GB of 2400MHz RAM for $75, a vapor chamber CPU cooler at $75, and a GTX 780 Ti for $600. Continue to watch our twitter and facebook feeds for more deals throughout the week, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for helpful tips.
Flash Sale: Rosewill Cases & PSUs 35% Off, Includes Enthusiast LineWednesday, 11 June 2014
We sometimes post these flash sales when a good deal springs up before our weekend hardware sales round-ups. Case, peripherals, & PSU manufacturer Rosewill presently has some of its gaming enclosures and power supplies listed with a steep discount.
The entire sale catalog can be seen here, but let's break down some of the more noteworthy items:
Weekend Hardware Sales - Intel CPUs, $105 256GB SSD, Z97 MotherboardSunday, 08 June 2014
This weekend's sales round-up features a 256GB SSD for $105, the new i7-4790 for $295, a Z97 board that comes with a free mouse for $110, and a full-size case for only $60. Next weekend is Father's Day, so grab some good discounts now and watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds for additional savings throughout the week.
Memorial Day Sales: Lego, Rockstar, THPS Games, GPUs, MoreMonday, 26 May 2014
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