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I decided to post both news stories as one since they are from the same Source and involve the same topic, Price Increases.

More Motherboard Price Increases Coming in May

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The stars are aligned to build your next homebrewed rig, or to simply upgrade your existing platform. Assuming you didn't procrastinate, you should have received your tax refund by now, the Sandy Bridge situation is largely a thing of the past, and this might be as low as motherboard prices are going to get for awhile.

Those always chatty sources behind the lines at motherboard vendors tell DigiTimes that upstream component shortages caused by the earthquake in Japan are triggering a second round of motherboard price hikes, which will take place in May. Already motherboard vendors have noticed price fluctuations in raw materials and components. amd they'll look to offset higher costs by charging more for motherboards.

Sources say prices will likely go up anywhere from 3-8 percent in May, and then adjust accordingly each month. As mentioned, this is the second time in 2011 that motherboard vendors have had to raise prices. According to DigiTimes, both Asus and Gigabyte previously raised mobo prices by around 5-10 percent, which didn't really affect the overall price of a PC. This time around, however, the increased component costs extend beyond motherboards and could end up affecting consumer demand for PCs, DigiTimes says.
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Hard Drive Prices to Go Up, Too

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Earlier this week we reported that motherboard prices could go up in the second half of 2011 due to component shortages. If that happens, it would be the second time this year that mobo prices increased. Unfortunately, the price hikes don't stop there. Now we're learning that hard drives could cost more as the year goes on, too.

According to DigiTimes, a shortage of controller chips for motors used in hard drives could cause the price of OEM units to jump by 5-10 percent in the second quarter. DigiTimes says that channel pricing has already gone up by 10-15 percent recently.

As with most of the recent shortages and disruptions in supply, this one is also a result of the earthquake in Japan. The earthquake damaged three wafer plants belonging to Texas Instruments, and shipments aren't expected to resume until September. TI is one of the major suppliers of HDD motors to a number of hard drive makers, including Western Digital and Seagate, DigiTimes says.
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I was wondering when this was going to hit.
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Aren't most (if not nearly all) hard drives and motherboards made in China (along everything else)?

I don't see how an earthquake in northern Japan - most of Japan's manufacturing is placed in the South - could have affected the supply of such materials so drastically. This is more due to consumer speculation than anything else. Happens with oil prices all the time.
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post #5 of 37
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Aren't most (if not nearly all) hard drives and motherboards made in China (along everything else)?

I have never seen a component that wasn't build in China in my PC. I might have missed one, but everything from my RAM to my Monitor are built in China.
Built there but the parts come from Japan.
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For anyone wondering, DRAM and FLASH pricing are doing the same.
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For anyone wondering, DRAM and FLASH pricing are doing the same.
That's what I thought. Bought 4GB of naked DDR3 G.Skill 1333MHz for $39.99.
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think about it you see this on all kinds of mobo boxes
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Lies. The earthquake has NOTHING to do with it. These prices would have hiked the exact same amount with or without the earthquake. No matter how bad the planet gets there's still NO shortages of any components. Only artificial due to rapidly rising input costs. Computer prices will double this year.
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Thank god I bought my system right when pretty much everything bottomed out. I might pick up a few more $70 2TB harddrives
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