FILE PHOTO: Bitcoin mining computers are pictured in Bitmain's mining farm near Keflavik, Iceland, June 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Jemima Kelly/File Photo

Bitcoin miners are buying up all the high-end graphics cards usually reserved for PC gaming.
As a result, the graphics cards are extremely difficult to find. Some are being sold for double or more their original price.
The dearth of available graphics cards has become a meme among PC gaming enthusiasts.
Nvidia is urging retailers to prioritize PC gaming buyers over bitcoin miners.

It’s a terrible time to build a gaming PC.

The process of building one is actually easier than its ever been, and playing video games on a PC is a delight. The problem is that graphics cards (GPUs) — the crucial component that powers the visuals of a PC — are in extremely high demand, which makes them difficult to find at their intended prices. Many resellers are jacking up the price by double or more.

The demand, however, isn’t due to a massive influx of new PC gaming enthusiasts. The demand is being driven by bitcoin mining.

Though the graphics cards from companies like Nvidia and AMD are capable of powering cutting-edge gaming visuals, they’re also capable of mining bitcoin. More than just capable, they’re one of the main tools used by bitcoin miners.

As such, they’re sold out pretty much everywhere.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Technology

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