The newest evolution in RAM has recently been released to the public. Like any new electronic component release, the prices will stay high for a while but for an initial release, they are more affordable than I would have guessed.
You can’t forget the motherboard that is required to run the Alder Lake Chipset and DDR5 memory. They run between $250 to $1000.
Of course, if you really wanted to make it the top-of-the-line system you can upgrade the processor to the i9, the RAM to 128GB DDR5 SDRAM the video card to the NVidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GDDR6X and the HD to 2TBb m.2PCIe NVME SSD (boot) drive plus a 2TB 7200RPM HDD (Storage) for a grand total of only $5122.00.
To be honest, I have seen gamers’ machines without this type of hardware in the $7000-$8000 range so this is not out of the ballpark. Of course, I don’t live within 500 miles of that ballpark but we can dream, right?
For some reason, the line blurs between getting something I want and getting something I need. I know I want it and my wife says I don’t need it. I also know that in the next few years, I will be able to build this system for $3000 less than the top of the line. I’ll wait but it does not mean you have to.