Things are starting to look more positive for PC gamers as we enter 2019. Throughout the year we have seen a drop in DDR4 prices, with it almost becoming affordable during the Black Friday period. Similarly, GPU prices have dropped following the cryptocurrency crash, though Nvidia RTX is still obscenely priced.
Another trend during Black Friday was affordable SSDs and NVMes. I managed to snag the Samsung 970 EVO 500GB for just £89.00.
It looks like prices will continue to lower throughout 2019 even though the adoption rate has gone up. While SSD adoption is growing, supply is quickly outstripping demand, forcing prices down and making high-speed storage all the more attractive to PC builders.
DRAMeXchange, a division of Trendforce, has stated that client SSD pricing is expected to drop by a further 10% in Q1 2019, despite the fact that SSD adoption is growing.
Looking ahead to the first half of 2019, NAND Flash manufacturers have tried to slow down their production capacity expansion, but the seasonal headwinds and high inventory levels would only intensify oversupply concerns in the market. Contract prices of NAND Flash products in 1Q19 are expected to drop further by around 10%.
Looking at Amazon you can currently pick up a 500GB Crucial MX500 SSD for just £60.47 which is big enough to comfortably install windows and several games. At this price I think an SSD this size should fit into pretty much any budget build