Hi, I’m not in sure critical situation but my graphic card is now 6 years old (and I didn’t bought the most expensive/recent one at the time), still I can play most of the games I want in playable to good conditions, especially that I play mostly older games that get dirt cheap in discount or bundle.
But still I want to upgrade at some point and then follow with CPU (and thus motherboard). CPU and motherboard looks ok to get, AMD 5600G (I prefer to be cautious and take the one with integrated graphics in case I end up like you with a broken GPU) are on stock with normal price and even if I want to save a little AMD 3600 second hand could do the deal as well.
So I start with GPU and put several alert on Toppreise.ch. One month ago I got an alert triggered, a RTX 3070Ti for 707frs on Orderflow but not on stock of course. I ordered within a couple of hours knowing that I would have to wait to get it but then I call the shop and they told me the distributor will get some part in the Europe warehouse the same week. But of course they didn’t get one for me. Then each week more or less they told me there will be more coming next week or later in the week and still nothing. It’s now more than a month.
In a way I’m not in a hurry and ok to wait to get it at that price (the price went back up to 870frs or more right after I ordered). But the more frustrating is that you have absolutely no idea how many people are in line before you, how many are dispatched each week/month and even if it’s really sent first in first out (I would guess not, if some shop are willing to pay more, I’m sure somehow they can manage to get the stock in priority). I have placed an alert on Toppreise if any shop, whatever price it is, get a short term stock but so far nothing. It would at least indicate that some pieces of this GPU are being dispatched.
I tried to search online information about supply and demand and estimation of the waiting time (without any price priority or other cheating in the background), but so far I found nothing interesting. But the guy working in shops have some kind of view of the distributor delivery batch. I’m sure there might be some insight willing to give more information. If anyone know someone that have these information I would really appreciate.
In your case I recommand to do the same, place alert on toppreise for some reference you might want. Check also from time to time if new reference show up, if might be easier to get new reference before the waiting list start growing too much. And if you like, try also so alert on Anibis, Tutti and Ricardo, so far I haven’t seen anything at decent price, anything 3000 series goes for way more than 700frs, even 2000 series are often reaching 1000frs in auction. I friend told me he got some GTX 980Ti around 400frs (for mining… shame on him I said) but even these are going for much more now.
So be patient and I hope, we should find something eventually.