If you've been watching all the news and hype around new graphics cards, you might have also been tempted to buy one. After all, who doesn't like the prospect of playing games in 4K at high frame rates, turning all the options up to maximum? But new GPUs are expensive, especially if you're after one from NVIDIA. Even their semi-affordable card, the GTX 1070, still costs around several hundred dollars.
Except for this one.
Amazon is currently offering ASUS Geforce GTX 1070 8GB cards for the quite-reasonable price of $US409.99. The important part of all this is that Amazon is more than happy to ship to Australia.
At the point of checkout you can also choose whether you want to pay in Australian dollars or US dollars, with the latter working out to be a little cheaper. You also get a choice of three shipping options, and if you don't mind waiting between 7-11 business days you can get a GTX 1070 delivered for under $570:
After the currency conversion, that works out to $565.95 (at the time of writing).
If you check AUD for "selected payment currency", the price is a little higher: $589.89 at the time of writing. That jumps to just over $620 if you pay for AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping, which will get the GTX 1070 to your door in 2-5 business days.
Now if you're wondering why this is worth bothering with at all, here's how much it costs to buy a GTX 1070 from an Australian retailer. A StaticICE search shows that the cheapest price right now is $689 from NetPlus in Western Australia, and that's not for the ASUS model — it's the low-end Gainward brand.
If you want to buy ASUS's GTX 1070 from an Australian retailer, it'll cost you at least $729. And that doesn't include shipping either, although some retailers may offer a discount or a deal given the amount of money being spent.
Of course, you do take a risk in having electronics shipped overseas. But if you're going to buy internationally, Amazon is about as reputable as they come. And when you're saving at least $120, if not more, that's a pretty tempting deal.