Graph­ics card prices are lu­di­crous. Here’s how to keep gam­ing in the coin min­ing era

Wait­ing for the pain to stop.

PCWorld (USA) - - Here’s How - BY BRAD CHACOS

017 might have been a stand­out year for PC en­thu­si­asts ( go. pc­world.com/sypc), but th­ese early weeks of 2018 are noth­ing short of a night­mare for PC gamers. Graph­ics card prices are down­right lu­di­crous, as the cryp­tocur­rency craze sky­rock­ets in lock-step with Bit­coin’s ris­ing price.

That’s noth­ing new. Min­ers have been in­flat­ing graph­ics card prices since the mid­dle of the year. But the dam­age was limited to the mid­dle of the mar­ket for most of 2017. Cur­rently, vir­tu­ally ev­ery gam­ing-class graph­ics card is af­fected. The the­o­ret­i­cally $200 3GB Ge­force GTX 1060 cur­rently goes for $380 to $550—when you can find it in

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