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PCs Getting Expensive Again, Say Analysts

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Start saving up those pennies for your next PC -- it could cost a little more.

When it comes to technology, whatever we buy today will soon be made obsolete by something faster--and in many cases, cheaper. But that's one of the great things about our work and hobby--prices continually fall, lowering the barrier to enter into better, faster stuff.

After six years of continually falling PC component prices, falling at an average of 7.8-percent per year, according to Gartner research, 2010 will see an estimated price rise of 2.8-percent. Yes, that could mean more expensive computers.

This estimated increase is all due to the rise in memory costs, figured to be 23-percent higher this year than compared to 2009, reported the Financial Times.

Those looking to buy a new monitor, all-in-one computer, or laptop may also suffer from rising LCD costs. Analysts expect a price increase of 20-percent of flat panel displays due to shortages. Hard drives and optical drives are also in short supply.

The shortages in computer components stem from the recession, where computer makers delayed or scaled back production and investment plans. Now that things are turning around, analysts predict that the market will see a lag until supply catches up with demand.

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    FoShizzleDizzle , January 14, 2010 8:53 PM
    Memory prices increased by a mere 23% you say?

    It seems higher than that. The same 4GB of DDR2 I purchased last spring was $36 at the time and is, is $90 now. That's more than a 200% price difference. And DDR3 of similar capacity went from ~$70 for the same to ~$100. It's a lot higher than 23%, at least on the consumer end.
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    g00ey , January 14, 2010 10:28 PM
    It's not the PCs that are getting expensive, it's the dollar that is getting worthless.
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    XZaapryca , January 14, 2010 9:39 PM
    Things are turning around? Really? Really? Lets not forget that the value of the dollar tanking makes imports more expensive.
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    sublifer , January 14, 2010 8:52 PM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-9-35.html
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    FoShizzleDizzle , January 14, 2010 8:53 PM
    Memory prices increased by a mere 23% you say?

    It seems higher than that. The same 4GB of DDR2 I purchased last spring was $36 at the time and is, is $90 now. That's more than a 200% price difference. And DDR3 of similar capacity went from ~$70 for the same to ~$100. It's a lot higher than 23%, at least on the consumer end.
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    foody , January 14, 2010 8:55 PM
    Funny, I just posted a comment on another article talking about something quite similar quite recently. Though, I mentioned that software's progression is far behind that of hardware's, meaning, buying a cheap computer doesn't mean you're getting a bad computer anymore. (assuming it is properly configured)
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    cheepstuff , January 14, 2010 8:59 PM
    can I wait to buy a computer? not impossible

    this looks like a short term kind of thing, it will probably reach equilibrium once again before the year is out.
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    Stardude82 , January 14, 2010 9:17 PM
    Why did RAM jump so much. Also, recent video card offerings are disappointing. Intel is obviously holding back to keep AMD around since the i5's are so lack luster. How can the i5 memory controller suck so much.
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    TheDuke , January 14, 2010 9:34 PM
    so when are memory prices projected to go down
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    XZaapryca , January 14, 2010 9:39 PM
    Things are turning around? Really? Really? Lets not forget that the value of the dollar tanking makes imports more expensive.
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    matt87_50 , January 14, 2010 9:54 PM
    meh, they didn't burn down the factories did they? can't imagine it would lag too much. now volitility, and uncertainty about future numbers needed...
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    porksmuggler , January 14, 2010 9:58 PM
    IC and LCD Manufacturers Price Fixing Again, Says Real Analysts

    TFTFY
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    joshthor , January 14, 2010 10:21 PM
    not suprised... about the memory part anyway last year ddr3 was just budding and ddr2 was super cheap, now ddr3 is being the norm and less ddr2 is being made so the prices increased drasticly for ddr2 and decreased slightly for ddr3
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    gammaraptor , January 14, 2010 10:22 PM
    The good thing that this will boost the economy.
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    sceen311 , January 14, 2010 10:24 PM
    This is why there isn't a lot of ram in Consoles btw.
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    Shadow703793 , January 14, 2010 10:25 PM
    Stardude82Why did RAM jump so much. Also, recent video card offerings are disappointing. Intel is obviously holding back to keep AMD around since the i5's are so lack luster. How can the i5 memory controller suck so much.

    Troll much?
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    g00ey , January 14, 2010 10:28 PM
    It's not the PCs that are getting expensive, it's the dollar that is getting worthless.
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    maigo , January 14, 2010 10:36 PM
    wait two weeks, buy what you wanted half off
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    loomis86 , January 14, 2010 10:38 PM
    I second that...

    "It's not the PCs that are getting expensive, it's the dollar that is getting worthless."

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    treefrog07 , January 14, 2010 11:22 PM
    Part of the fun in assembling computers is shopping for the best value. DDR3 prices are basically back to their prices in spring '08; the big difference is higher freqs @lower volts (latencies are higher, though). And I've had a lot if fun with the other part: learning OCing that I think I'll play with them some more before I spend more $ on a newer system.
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    doomtomb , January 14, 2010 11:27 PM
    What's the problem here. Why are there shortages to begin with. Prices are crap now and only getting worse. I bought a 4GB Corsair Dominator 1066MHz memory kit a year ago for $70 and now the same kit is $150 on Newegg. That's bullshit. SSD prices keep going up. How can the demand be that high when it's still $400 for 120GB SSD?!
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    treefrog07 , January 14, 2010 11:55 PM
    Supplies are getting lower. MFrs. are reducing production to charge more for their prods. Scarcity = higher prices.
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    falchard , January 14, 2010 11:55 PM
    Most of the price increase on memory is the result of inflation from central bankers using bad methods to curb a recession. Only a little has to do with shortages.
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