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The cost of making a PC is moving higher as DRAM and hard drive prices remain high, according to Barclays Capital.

In a research report, Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes said that DRAM prices have increased. Hard drive prices are stable at higher levels due to the Thailand flooding last year. In 2011, the bill of materials for PCs fell every month of the year. In 2012, the bill of materials for laptops was up 1 percent year over year for January, February and March.

Reitzes’ overall theme is that profit margins for PC vendors peaked at the end of 2011 and vendors will face higher costs for components such as panels. Labor costs may also increase. Overall, component costs may rise into the second half of 2012 as Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and Windows 8 hits the market.

At some point, PC vendors are likely to pass those costs along to customers if the bill of materials moves higher too much.

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I've been telling all my clients, "If you think computers are expensive now, wait till next year.."
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Ram is cheap as Sh, I'm glad my 775 board is DDR3, it was super cheap to build with 8gb ram.
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Not surprised. Good article. I expect shipping costs to be highest due to the drastic increase in gas prices. I'm surprised inflation hasn't had more of an impact on all prices of goods and services...
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Not surprised. Good article. I expect shipping costs to be highest due to the drastic increase in gas prices. I'm surprised inflation hasn't had more of an impact on all prices of goods and services...

Oh it will, just give it some time, hyper inflation is right round the corner. So buy gold and silver coins/junk metal, to retain some of the value in your money.
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