- Nov 4, 2020
I didn't realize 3090 prices had gotten so insane. Not feeling as bad for paying 2k for my 3090 FE now. May start mining with is as well.I got fucked and bought my card RIGHT after the tariffs hit. I bought it from an amazon marketplace, but this is when all 3090s increased by 300-400 retail to offset the prices. My 5600X I got super fucking lucky and somehow got it at MSRP. So $300.
My 3090 I got fucked on because of Trump's tariffs. I paid 2,500 with tax. Which is why I started mining. Realize, that even though I bought it from a re-seller, this was the average price of a 3090 in late January for my area once the tariffs caused the increase.
I actually got lucky because my card goes for....holy fucking shit, 3 to 5k on ebay. Jesus. All 3090s now will cost you 3k, minimum.
The only price I see remotely sane is Government Group and I've never heard of them before. And when I say, remotely sane, I mean $2,400. So basically, you could say I got mine for cheap.
Oh my God, Amazon its even worse. My card I got for 2,500 a month ago? Its now 3,600. Yeah, don't buy a 3090 right now, holy shit.
So, lets consider power usage, overall for my PC. This is a bit more complicated. I have an 800 Watt Platinum Power supply, which means my power efficiency is high. So...looking up power costs for my area (which are 0.10 cents Kw/H, my power costs are (VERY) roughly $360.70 a year. This is with it being on at max capacity, full bore, 24/7 with 4 hours of gaming/editing/high usage a day. It'll probably be way less than this. Even so, the miner I mentioned spends 200 bucks plus a month alone drinking down power. So basically less than a dollar a day on power. If this is accurate. And I'm not buying a voltimeter to check.
So, assuming the highest possible dollar amount, I make 2,300 per year minus electricity costs. If you're going to mine, get either a gold or platinum power supply. So it'd probably take two months more assuming everything is at SUPER MAX, which it isn't.
If I wasn't so autistic about saving old hardware I'd probably sell my old gpus as well.