I haven't been in the market for video cards for a long time--the last video card I purchased new was an MSI HD 7770 back in 2012 (not really gaming at the time, so the HD 7770 was fine). A couple of years ago, I purchased a used HD 7970, but after I decided to downsize my case, I sold it to buy something a little smaller (and not so power hungry). I actually haven't gamed much since the late 1990s/early 2000s (with my Voodoo2 SLIs and Voodoo3 cards) before the kids came along. The youngest is out of the house now at college, so recently, I thought I might test the gaming waters again. Wow! What poor timing--with all of the mining and the (apparent) switch over in production from the 1060/1070/1080 to the next generation of cards, there is such a huge shortage, with the few cards available priced sky high. At Christmas, I ended up getting a used GTX 970 thinking it would tide me over, and it may well do that. But, it was just enough to give me the itch to get something a little better. Since mining was going on--at least to some extent--with the Maxwell GPUs, was there a similar shortage & price spike when nVidia transitioned from production of Maxwell to Pascal? Or is mining just so prevalent now that this situation is unique? I mean, if someone offers a 1080 in the For Sale forum at anything less than 2x the suggested retail price, it's like a feeding frenzy!