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PC Gaming Price Then VS Now

So everyone has been wondering…

Whats up with the prices since Covid? We many many factors has been playing a part much like the rise of everything else.

In 2020 there was a start of chipset shortages which didnt help any industry including Motor Vehicles as more cars uses more electronics as they become more eco or electric most of the chipsets in 2020 went to that industry leaving the rest of us with what little there was available.

 

but lets look at the prices from 2019 Before Covid in August.

This is what was available for example in 2019 August (Taken from suppliers price list in August 27th)

AMD RYZEN 5 3600x 7nm SKT AM4 CPU; 6 Core/12 Thread Base Clock 3.8GHz, Max Boost Clock 4.4GHz R5 200
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO – AMD B450 Chipset: Socket AM4, Supports AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors R2 440
Corsair Vengeance RGB LED 16GB DDR4, 3200MHZ 16GB 2 X 288 DIMM, UNBUFFERED, 16-18-18-36, VENGEANCE RGB PRO HEAT SPREADER, RGB LED, 1.35V, XMP 2.0 R2 260
GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce RTX 2060 OC – 6144MB GDDR6, 192-Bit Memory Bus, PCI Express 3.0 R7 600
CoolerMaster MWE Gold 650 650W Full Modular Power Supply R1 730
Gigabyte 240GB 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD;  READ: 500MB/S +;  WRITE: 420MB/S + R610
CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300P Micro ATX Desktop Chassis R1 400

Totaling to R21 240

 

So how much has it gone up? Well worked out what a newer system would cost as a New Ryzen 5 and GPU to make it then vs current

 AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X R5 450
GIGABYTE Aorus AMD B550-AORUS-PRO V2 R3 990
Corsair Vengeance RGB LED 16GB DDR4, 3200MHZ 16GB 2 X 288 DIMM, UNBUFFERED, 16-18-18-36, VENGEANCE RGB PRO HEAT SPREADER, RGB LED, 1.35V, XMP 2.0 R2 020
ASUS Dual DUAL-RTX2060-O6G-EVO R10 400
CoolerMaster MWE Gold 650 650W Full Modular Power Supply R1 960
Gigabyte 240GB 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD;  READ: 500MB/S +;  WRITE: 420MB/S + R700
CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300P Micro ATX Desktop Chassis R1 760

Totaling to R26 280

So comparing a mid range RTX card from then to now of current tech prices have jumped especially on Graphics Cards. However the above is a RTX 2060 vs a RTX 2060.

So this jump is 21.21% higher than that of August 2019 vs Now March 2022

Now lets take a look with adding a RTX 3060 instead of a RTX 2060 making it Then VS now

 AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X R5 450
GIGABYTE Aorus AMD B550-AORUS-PRO V2 R3 990
Corsair Vengeance RGB LED 16GB DDR4, 3200MHZ 16GB 2 X 288 DIMM, UNBUFFERED, 16-18-18-36, VENGEANCE RGB PRO HEAT SPREADER, RGB LED, 1.35V, XMP 2.0 R2 020
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle OC 12GB D6 R10 600
CoolerMaster MWE Gold 650 650W Full Modular Power Supply R1 960
Gigabyte 240GB 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD;  READ: 500MB/S +;  WRITE: 420MB/S + R700
CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300P Micro ATX Desktop Chassis R1 760

Totaling to R26 480

It’s worth rather taking the RTX 3060 over the RTX 2060 for just R200. however this Jump is now at 21.96% higher than august 2019 for midrange.

Yes the RTX 3060 VS RTX 2060 is a bit of a jump on many levels more Vram etc etc

 

So the breakdown Percentage wise

Description Price Percentage Difference Compared to Then
AMD RYZEN 5 3600x 7nm SKT AM4 CPU; 6 Core/12 Thread Base Clock 3.8GHz, Max Boost Clock 4.4GHz R5 200
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO – AMD B450 Chipset: Socket AM4, Supports AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors R2 440
Corsair Vengeance RGB LED 16GB DDR4, 3200MHZ 16GB 2 X 288 DIMM, UNBUFFERED, 16-18-18-36, VENGEANCE RGB PRO HEAT SPREADER, RGB LED, 1.35V, XMP 2.0 R2 260
GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce RTX 2060 OC – 6144MB GDDR6, 192-Bit Memory Bus, PCI Express 3.0 R7 600
CoolerMaster MWE Gold 650 650W Full Modular Power Supply R1 730
Gigabyte 240GB 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD;  READ: 500MB/S +;  WRITE: 420MB/S + R610
CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300P Micro ATX Desktop Chassis R1 400
Total
R21 240
 AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X R5 450 4,69%
GIGABYTE Aorus AMD B550-AORUS-PRO V2 R3 990 48,21%
Corsair Vengeance RGB LED 16GB DDR4, 3200MHZ 16GB 2 X 288 DIMM, UNBUFFERED, 16-18-18-36, VENGEANCE RGB PRO HEAT SPREADER, RGB LED, 1.35V, XMP 2.0 R2 020 -11,22%
ASUS Dual DUAL-RTX2060-O6G-EVO R10 400 31,11%
CoolerMaster MWE Gold 650 650W Full Modular Power Supply R1 960 12,47%
Gigabyte 240GB 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD;  READ: 500MB/S +;  WRITE: 420MB/S + R700 13,74%
CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300P Micro ATX Desktop Chassis R1 760 22,78%
Total
R26 280 21.21%
 AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X R5 450 4,69%
GIGABYTE Aorus AMD B550 B550-AORUS-PRO V2 R3 990 48,21%
Corsair Vengeance RGB LED 16GB DDR4, 3200MHZ 16GB 2 X 288 DIMM, UNBUFFERED, 16-18-18-36, VENGEANCE RGB PRO HEAT SPREADER, RGB LED, 1.35V, XMP 2.0 R2 020 -11,22%
Gigabyte RTX 3060 Eagle Oc 12G d6 R10 600 32,97%
CoolerMaster MWE Gold 650 650W Full Modular Power Supply R1 960 12,47%
Gigabyte 240GB 2.5″ SATA 3 SSD;  READ: 500MB/S +;  WRITE: 420MB/S + R700 13,74%
CoolerMaster MasterBox Q300P Micro ATX Desktop Chassis R1 760 22,78%
Total
R26 480 21.96%

 

Quiet a bit of a jump since then except for the Corsair Ram down by 11.22% this might be regarding that it isn’t a new ram but still available.

Is it the dollar? Not really funny enough

For some context for the below Lets compare petrol prices.

According to AA Fuel Pricing. in 2019 August unleaded 95 inland was R15.92 per liter and now March 2022 the same fuel is R21.60 per liter that is a 30.27% increase in fuel.

The Dollar VS Rand then and Now according to xe.com

VS Now

 

 

Now currently that’s only 0.06% increase with higher increases between that especially in the start of 2020.

So what is the problem?

Well this has to do with logistics costs. A shipping container would of costed roughly 1500 USD$ in 2019 while now it costs roughly 9500 USD$ That is a 145.55% increase since then to now.
Have heard some suppliers mention 12 000 to 20 000 USD$ a container before which is insane causing less stock to come in bulk and of course increased prices.

So a Container in 2019 would of costed R22 905 a container while a container now would cost R145 160
These are rough estimates.

 

So with a 145% increase in shipping but only aprox 21.21 / 21.96% increase isnt to bad as Distributors/Suppliers have obviously tried their best to get the best deal to get their stock from China/Taiwan. Were not exactly close by China either would think Australia and the USA gets the better end of that stick but all know the card prices that sides for example arent that much better.

What is to come in future well time will tell with Covid dying down a tiny bit but now with economy in the world facing a Russia invasion of Ukraine with sanctions left right and center this affects Europe more than anything else but pushes fuel costs which then pushes everything else up in South Africa.

Again time will tell as anything economy always Recovers we can look at 2008 for example more importantly the Great Depression (apart from WW2 after that)

With new tech coming in it is to be expected than the prices of then vs now be little more we can tell from 12th Gen Intels and DDR5 ram however even some of those prices have dropped a little bit (not much on the ram side)

 

 

2 thoughts on “PC Gaming Price Then VS Now

  1. Faux_Grey says:

    Damn techguy, this is a fine writeup!
    Speaking from the perspective from a local distrbutor – rand v dollar, shipping, sanctions, shortages & import costs have had a massive impact across GPU pricing & all components in general.
    Our currency is horrifically unstable which often leads to a lot of forward cover being thrown on rand/dollar, resulting in higher pricing & stock that can be difficult to move after prices should have gone down.

    It’s a difficult game to play because you need to somehow balance stock on hand with what you expect the market to do during the time you have that stock while still somehow making a profit on every unit, you can only cut things so fine until you’re in the red.

    1. Tech Guy SA says:

      100% Agree

      With Russain Invasion for example Rand tanked by 43 cents still only recovered by about 30 cents since last week. Looking forward to the new AMD CPU’s range but what happened with 12th gen intels its going to be expensive launch.

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