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I'm guessing right now might be a bad time to look at buying a new laptop

Discussion in 'Gaming Forum' started by Unlucky 13, Oct 19, 2021.

  1. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Raheem Club Member

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    My current laptop is four years old, so its getting near the end of its expected life anyways, but it was also repaired once when it fell off of a table, and then later when the rivets used to repair it bust loose. Its time.

    But when I started to look at new ones online, I realized that the pricing is absolutely insane. My current machine is an i7, with 16 GB of RAM, and I paid $700 for it. Ones with those same specs seem to run around $1500 right now, and if I wanted to upgrade to 32 GB of RAM, they can be over $3000!

    I'm guessing its all due to the chip shortage, and stores price gouging while they can. I guess I'll just try to keep the current one alive as long as I can. Anyone have any good advice on the topic, though?
     
  2. invid

    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I'm not sure. I helped my friend look for one last winter and we found some good ones settled in the $1100-$1400 range, which is what you'd expect for a slightly future-forward laptop. Not sure if they've ballooned since then.

    My 10 year old desktop is in the shop right now. I'm trying to get it up and running so I can start buying music production stuff but everything is outdated from the OS to the USB ports. Hoping I can make it work with some bubblegum and matchsticks.

    Definitely going to have to upgrade within a year or two.
     
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    Unlucky 13 Team Raheem Club Member

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    Good luck. After asking around a bit more after I posted this, the consensus seems to be that supply shortages due to Covid are having a huge impact on the PC market. Everything is both very simple and very expensive. The manager at one store advised me to just wait it out if I can.
     
  4. invid

    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Thanks. Yeah I don't know much beyond the lack of labor with regard to the shipping and manufacturing issues right now, just because the nature of my job.

    I ordered a Roland SP404 (the new version- it's a sampler/drum machine) a couple weeks ago and I won't be getting it until March, probably. Stinks.
     

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