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PaulF:

--- Quote from: Red Raw on February  1, 2022, 08:07:32 pm ---First be warned that supply chains for computers are still fucked so at the moment everything is more expensive than it should be.

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Is that mainly the chips which it seems could last throughout the year, or is it more the pandemic?

Red Raw:

--- Quote from: ScottScott on February  2, 2022, 09:25:44 am ---The Acer Swift 3 was one of the ones I was looking at initially. Think for that price with those specs it'd be worth the investment and should last me a few years at least. Thanks so much for your advice

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You are welcome. I am not a pro but I have been a home builder for many years and family and colleagues tend to ask advice so if I've been looking for someone else and a similar query pops up on here I don't mind sharing the research.

As Riquende said it is worth going down to your local Currys and having a bash on the keyboard and fiddle with the trackpad, check you like the screen (think it has a matt finish), try the weight etc. It will be quite different to your Dell. I saw on some Swift reviews the exhaust vent was facing upwards near the speakers rather than out of the side which so that might be worth asking about if you anticipate working it hard.

Red Raw:

--- Quote from: PaulF on February  2, 2022, 09:43:28 am ---Is that mainly the chips which it seems could last throughout the year, or is it more the pandemic?

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There has been a global semiconductor shortage for some time now and it has a knock on effect on anything that uses chips from washing machines and cars to PCs. Causes include Covid and other supply disruptions. Crypto miners are also accused with buying up stocks of graphics cards and as this has driven up card prices they have moved onto processors creating fresh shortages.

There are various articles online looking at the causes, this is one from the BBC from last year: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58230388

At the moment there can be better value in pre-built machines as larger companies like PCSpecialist have more buying power than independent component retailers. Certainly worth looking at their offers but just check what components you are getting for your money. Prices for some things can be pretty fluid and occasionally retailers will land a batch of components at sensible prices but these don't hang around for long, particularly if the price gougers get in quickly.

My home set up is long overdue an upgrade and it is hard to predict when things will normalise so I am putting it off for the time being and just keeping half an eye on price histories.

ScouserAtHeart:

--- Quote from: PaulF on February  2, 2022, 09:43:28 am ---Is that mainly the chips which it seems could last throughout the year, or is it more the pandemic?

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Bit of both, really. Demand has gone way up since people are spending more time indoors, and new outbreaks keep shutting down factories in China and south-east Asia.

There's also issues with ships waiting for weeks at ports before they can offload cargo because there's not enough dock workers around, and even if they manage to offload their cargo there aren't enough trucks and truck drivers around to free up the crates and storage spaces in those ports.

Basically a clusterfuck

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