There's something in the air, anyone else feel it? Seriously though, I've been thinking...take the cost of buying a decent gaming rig these days and compare it to just a couple of years ago. Prices of CPUs are very reasonable in terms of price-to-performance, and graphics cards are still quite ok too with a lot of different models to cater to your needs and budget. Hard drives are cheaper too. But the RAM prices have skyrocketed lately, as most of you would have realised. Ok, 2 years ago you can comfortably game with 1GB of RAM which would set you back maybe US$100. And a 400W PSU, give or take, for say US$50? Look at the situation now...2GB is the "status quo" for gaming these days, and even without the RAM price rise, it's still close to double what we were paying for 1GB. It shouldn't be this way, right? Hardware is supposed to get cheaper and better (higher capacity in the case of RAM) as the years go by. And now for new builds people are having to fork out upwards of US$100 for a beefy PSU that can handle the power draw of performance parts. My Enermax PSU still costs the same now as it did 2 years ago - what happened to economies of scale and reducing costs as demand goes up? Hope that made sense...this was brought on by helping a friend configure a new rig, looking at prices and realising that it will probably be a long time before I can afford an upgrade Basically it seems to me like the overall cost of building a high-end PC has gone up instead of down. Perhaps after all these years, we're finally hitting a plateau?