Sales of Powerful PC Parts are on the Rise
The sales of pre-built PCs are getting lower these days, but this does not apply to all parts. Jon Peddie Research have assembled data, showing that the sales of high end PC GPUs are growing. They also predict that this trend will continue in the following years.
Kelt Reeves, the founder of Falcon Northwest, custom PC builder, told Jason Evangelho that the most popular configurations include the most expensive graphics cards. Even with GTX Titan's very high $1000 price, a lot of people order PCs with several such cards. Falcon's customers have spent 16% more money on GPUs this year compared to 2012. Reeves considers the appearance of 4K displays as a new driving force behind those purchases, as games are the only way to appreciate the full 4K experience at the moment, but that requires a lot of graphics power.
This news may sound optimistical for PC gaming, but there might be a catch. Between late 2008 and 2012, single GPU cards suggested retail price haa never passed the $500 mark. There were always people making extreme rigs, but their expenses are capped at 4 GPUs, which never were as expensive as these days. Falcon's better numbers may simply be the result of $650 GTX 780 and $1000 GTX Titans being purchased by enthusiasts with deep pockets. Higher GPU prices are not welcome for the average gamer with much tighter budgets.