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Hey,
I'm just wondering if the prices will be going up or down this year (2011) ???
I am building a new computer very soon and i need to know when to buy it to get the cheapest possible???

Thank you in advanced to anyone who can help
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post #2 of 17
I think this is the wrong forum to be posting this thread in. It needs moved.

To answer your question though I think certain components will always get cheaper. And by that I mean bang for buck and current items will be drop in price when new items are released. I don't see prices going up on any components.

Doesn't mean newly released items cannot be initially sold at a higher price or take a bit to come down, but that is the nature of the beast and technology changes very quickly. For instance Solid State Drive's should get cheaper, but the new releases due soon may have a lot of demand plus it will take a while for the manufacturer to ramp up production. But, a few months later and when the initial high demand subsides you will see the prices fall. There are always sales.

AMD has Bulldozer due out in the next few months and Sandy Bridge just came out not too longer ago and their revised chipsets on motherboards are now arriving. Great time to get in. If you are going Intel wait a month to let the boards to trickle in. If you want an SSD wait until Crucial releases their new drive. And AMD's new processor may be sometime in the summer. Personally I get parts as I see them on sale and accumulate what I was after until I have all the parts I need/want.

The cheapest possible then is relative. If you buy parts today, 6 months from now they will be cheaper to some degree typically and new technology will be out at about the same cost as what you just bought. Just decide what you want to build first (start with purpose of build, then go with a CPU manufacturer as that will help you determine mobo, ram, and so on). And then do what I do and check online deals section everyday and any newsletters. Alternatively other forums will have posts for deals as well such as slickdeals, geekhack, etc.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/17/11 at 8:30am
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I would at least jump on memory now... We saw this with DDR2 when the market became saturated and it got cheap, then they scaled back production (likely to ramp up DDR3) and prices shot way back up. I see memory prices going up this year.
    
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Memory and SSD prices will be rising in the coming weeks in response to the crisis in Japan.
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Originally Posted by fball922 View Post
I would at least jump on memory now... We saw this with DDR2 when the market became saturated and it got cheap, then they scaled back production (likely to ramp up DDR3) and prices shot way back up. I see memory prices going up this year.
is ddr4 coming soon? I thought it was year 2015...
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Prices are cyclical... they will be the same as last year's components. With the exception of RAM/SSD's because memory is a commodity (I forgot the official name of the commodity). Right now RAM prices are GREAT. I bet DDR3 prices will become super expensive again ($80+ for 4GB of ram).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pohtangina View Post
is ddr4 coming soon? I thought it was year 2015...
Nope, its not but I bet DDR3 supplies will dip due to companies leaving the market for more lucrative opportunities (like OCZ has), or folding altogether. Profit margins for memory modules are typically razor thin, I believe.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fball922 View Post
Nope, its not but I bet DDR3 supplies will dip due to companies leaving the market for more lucrative opportunities (like OCZ has), or folding altogether. Profit margins for memory modules are typically razor thin, I believe.
As usual that depends on supply/demand and where it is being sold. At most brick and mortar stores there is quite a bit of markup. Online retailers like Newegg sell them for less. And then of course there are the sales. So I really don't know what the manufacturers are selling them at, but I would think some memory makes more dollars than others. I have seen a lot of RAM that is relatively cheap/standard pricing and then a minor change of a heat sink or set the voltage/CL differently and then charged quite a bit more. Reminds me of what Intel does with their processors and locking cores to sell it at a different price range.

But, there definitely is demand and competition. And then some companies have great names and are hard to overcome while many like you stated start selling other products.

Regarding the SSD I think prices are around as low as you will see it for the moment and when the new drives come out they will be fairly expensive although the manufacturers did state that the new SSD's will in fact cost less to produce and should be significantly cheaper once production is ramped up. That however is anyone's guess as to how long that will take. Historically though SSD's have been dropping in price quite a bit over the years. However, the price range they are in now has gotten a lot of people into SSD's that didn't previously consider them. Add that to the fact that more and more netbooks/tablets are using SSD's or similar memory and the increasing demand in the market and it could keep costs relatively similar or more expensive until the production ramps up as they stated. Rule of Supply/Demand and costs to produce product.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/17/11 at 9:33am
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This isn't the article I was looking for, but nonetheless relevant and interesting:

http://semiaccurate.com/2011/01/21/m...ng-branch-out/
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post
I think this is the wrong forum to be posting this thread in. It needs moved.

To answer your question though I think certain components will always get cheaper. And by that I mean bang for buck and current items will be drop in price when new items are released. I don't see prices going up on any components.

Doesn't mean newly released items cannot be initially sold at a higher price or take a bit to come down, but that is the nature of the beast and technology changes very quickly. For instance Solid State Drive's should get cheaper, but the new releases due soon may have a lot of demand plus it will take a while for the manufacturer to ramp up production. But, a few months later and when the initial high demand subsides you will see the prices fall. There are always sales.

AMD has Bulldozer due out in the next few months and Sandy Bridge just came out not too longer ago and their revised chipsets on motherboards are now arriving. Great time to get in. If you are going Intel wait a month to let the boards to trickle in. If you want an SSD wait until Crucial releases their new drive. And AMD's new processor may be sometime in the summer. Personally I get parts as I see them on sale and accumulate what I was after until I have all the parts I need/want.

The cheapest possible then is relative. If you buy parts today, 6 months from now they will be cheaper to some degree typically and new technology will be out at about the same cost as what you just bought. Just decide what you want to build first (start with purpose of build, then go with a CPU manufacturer as that will help you determine mobo, ram, and so on). And then do what I do and check online deals section everyday and any newsletters. Alternatively other forums will have posts for deals as well such as slickdeals, geekhack, etc.
Quote:
Originally Posted by fball922 View Post
I would at least jump on memory now... We saw this with DDR2 when the market became saturated and it got cheap, then they scaled back production (likely to ramp up DDR3) and prices shot way back up. I see memory prices going up this year.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA View Post
Memory and SSD prices will be rising in the coming weeks in response to the crisis in Japan.
Quote:
Originally Posted by pohtangina View Post
is ddr4 coming soon? I thought it was year 2015...
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
Prices are cyclical... they will be the same as last year's components. With the exception of RAM/SSD's because memory is a commodity (I forgot the official name of the commodity). Right now RAM prices are GREAT. I bet DDR3 prices will become super expensive again (+ for 4GB of ram).
Quote:
Originally Posted by fball922 View Post
Nope, its not but I bet DDR3 supplies will dip due to companies leaving the market for more lucrative opportunities (like OCZ has), or folding altogether. Profit margins for memory modules are typically razor thin, I believe.
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post
As usual that depends on supply/demand and where it is being sold. At most brick and mortar stores there is quite a bit of markup. Online retailers like Newegg sell them for less. And then of course there are the sales. So I really don't know what the manufacturers are selling them at, but I would think some memory makes more dollars than others. I have seen a lot of RAM that is relatively cheap/standard pricing and then a minor change of a heat sink or set the voltage/CL differently and then charged quite a bit more. Reminds me of what Intel does with their processors and locking cores to sell it at a different price range.

But, there definitely is demand and competition. And then some companies have great names and are hard to overcome while many like you stated start selling other products.

Regarding the SSD I think prices are around as low as you will see it for the moment and when the new drives come out they will be fairly expensive although the manufacturers did state that the new SSD's will in fact cost less to produce and should be significantly cheaper once production is ramped up. That however is anyone's guess as to how long that will take. Historically though SSD's have been dropping in price quite a bit over the years. However, the price range they are in now has gotten a lot of people into SSD's that didn't previously consider them. Add that to the fact that more and more netbooks/tablets are using SSD's or similar memory and the increasing demand in the market and it could keep costs relatively similar or more expensive until the production ramps up as they stated. Rule of Supply/Demand and costs to produce product.
Quote:
Originally Posted by fball922 View Post
This isn't the article I was looking for, but nonetheless relevant and interesting:

http://semiaccurate.com/2011/01/21/m...ng-branch-out/
Thank you everybody and +REP even if ur off topic lol
and everything, all the parts and mods and everything is planned for my next build just for example im getting a 1090t and 1 week it came down to about £160 and another week it was £180, so im just wondering if there will be going up this year or going down. i think ill just order the most important things like the 1090t now because i can get it for £150 right now
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