"Hard drive prices have continued to fall. Memory prices have been going down. CPU prices, driven by the inexorable flood of new higher performance processors, seem to be on the downfall too.
Very few things can't be had for less than they costed 2 years ago. This applies to video cards, sound cards, network cards and even dvd-rom drives. Fueling this drive to lower price points has been, at least here
in the US, a competitive and cut-throat industry for parts. Places like http://www.pricewatch.com let you see what the real deal is. And you take your business there.
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