Shortage of computer components is causing headaches for consumers
Robert Scott has been building gaming computers for over 30 years. His company, Genetic Computers, customizes platforms based on customer needs.
“To see how technology has evolved with these games, it’s just amazing,” Scott says.
Although he has built and sold more computers than he can count, the process is a bit slower these days. This is because of a shortage of graphics cards, the component that allows an image to be displayed on a screen.
“Literally, they drop cards on the website, and within seconds you click on the link to buy the card, and the cards are already gone,” Scott says.
The problem has been going on for several months. The cards, which are typically sold for around $ 700, are resold for up to $ 3,000 due to the shortage. They are out of stock for a variety of reasons, many of which are linked to the pandemic. The United States relies on foreign manufacturers, and it’s not just the gaming community that is waiting.
“The fact that most of these chipmakers are overseas greatly affects all manufacturers in the United States, as one of the key components on the board [is] semiconductor chips that no one can get their hands on, ”says Scott.
The United States depends on the overseas production of semiconductor chips.
What does it mean?
Video cards that cost $ 700 now sell for $ 3,000. The stock is not expected to reach demand until 2022. pic.twitter.com/lsW4OgGLNH
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Semiconductor chips, or microchips as they are more commonly known, are found in modern cars, televisions, and cell phones. This caused production delays across the country.
“What’s going on now is the production of the new televisions and the new computers and new gaming systems are almost impossible to find,” Scott says. “You saw this with the PS5 over Christmas. It was the most attractive gift, and now no one can get it. “
Some predict that it will be until 2022 for the stock to meet demand.