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How to buy an NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPU (3060TI, 3070, 3080, 3090)

Are you struggling to get your hands on an RTX 3060TI, 3070, 3080, or 3090? Here are the best ways to increase your chances.

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Here are some tips to make ensure you find one of the new NVIDIA RTX 3000 graphics cards.

With the global pandemic ravaging supplies for luxury items, it has been nothing short of a hassle to get PC components. While consoles are more plentiful in supply, drops of graphics cards have sold out in mere seconds, leaving many potential buyers increasingly frustrated.

We were able to snag an RTX 3080 for retail price, and during the long 2-month journey, we learned about plenty of avenues to be in tune with all of the drops.

Before we hop in, let’s talk odds. For the RTX 3080, you will be regularly dealing with extremely low supply. The odds of getting one of these is low.

For the RTX 3070 and 3060TI, the drops have been larger, and many have successfully got their hands on a card. Lastly, if you’re willing to pay $1,500, drops for the RTX 3090 last a bit longer than the 3080 due to the higher price.

With that being said, here are some of the strategies that can get you the best chance at getting an RTX 3000 GPU.

Stock Checkers

There are a variety of stock checker bots across social media and on independent websites. To stay updated, you’ll need lots of notifications. The best social network to find out about drops is Twitter. If you turn on tweet notifications, there are accounts dedicated to tweeting when stock is available. Here are some of those accounts.

In addition to accounts like these, you can follow Newegg’s official Twitter account for stock alerts/drop announcements.

There’s also the option of Twitch streams that monitor websites. If you play games and keep them on in the background, they stay completely silent until stock drops. The stream will play a notification sound, and then the chat will be spammed with the link to the available card. We used Falcodrin’s stock checker for our daily notifier.

Best Buy

Your best bet to get any card is from Best Buy. While Newegg has plenty of drops, Best Buy has a queue system for buyers.

Once you see a drop is live (often around the afternoon EST), you’ll have the opportunity to enter a virtual line of buyers to get a card if inventory is available. It’s better than spamming “add to cart” and being met with errors like competing websites.

Computer Stores

For the US and Canada, Microcenter and Canadian Computers occasionally get a supply of cards. In the US, Microcenter runs by first come, first serve. So if you’re by one, you should visit now and then to test your luck.

For Canada, Canadian Computers has a pre-order system where you’ll have a card reserved for you when it comes in stock. It may take some time (over a month), but you’ll be guaranteed a card. We were able to get an RTX 3080 in 5 weeks with them.

What’s the best way?

If you’re in Canada, Canadian Computers is the best way. If you’re not, keeping an eye on stock checkers and waiting for Best Buy drops is the way to go. Best Buy has a much better system for buyers, and we were able to grab a 3070 on launch day from their site.

As long as you have Twitter notifications for stock alerts, you shouldn’t miss many of the restocks. Normally, there is one sizable restock a week at Best Buy, but occasionally it takes 2 weeks.

Hopefully this helps you get a card!

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Aydan explains how BOCW’s Ghost can stop Warzone campers

Aydan feels that the Ghost perk in Warzone should be tinkered with to turn it into the ultimate anti-camper tool.

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Call of Duty streamer, Aydan Conrad, believes that the Ghost perk in Black Ops Cold War is well handled. He feels it should be implemented into Warzone in order to discourage camping.

Avoiding detection is a valuable skill in Call of Duty multiplayer matches. Your chances of winning are increased if the enemy doesn’t see the attack coming. If you value a stealthy approach, then there’s a handy perk that can assist you.

The Ghost perk in Modern Warfare and Warzone makes you completely invisible to enemy UAVs and Heartbeat sensors. The Black Ops Cold War version has the same benefit but only when you’re moving. This makes campers detectable – even with the perk equipped.

Call of Duty streamer, Aydan Conrad, went on the CharlieIntel Podcast where he discussed what he thinks of the newest title in the franchise. He took the opportunity to go on record and say that he loves the way the Ghost perk functions in BOCW.

In fact, he’s such a fan that he wants to see this integrated into Warzone. You can hear it from the man himself, below.

The former Fortnite pro and Warzone player has a lot of experience with Call of Duty titles and Battle Royale games. He made it clear that he prefers how the Ghost Perk works Black Ops Cold War and wants to see this implemented elsewhere.

(For mobile users, segment begins at 28:10)

I really like how [Black Ops Cold War] has Ghost: it only works if you’re moving,” he said. “So if you’re camping in a corner, Ghost won’t work. I think that might be a great addition.”

He elaborated that this is because it gets annoying when someone is camping, and you can’t detect them – which is understandable since this tends to slow down the game while you play hide-n-seek with your opponent. Keeping them on the move would make the match much livelier.

Ayden isn’t the first player to complain against campers. A lot of Warzone fans would rejoice if this change were implemented. We may see Activision rework the Ghost perk this way since they already confirmed that Warzone would be integrated for Modern Warfare & Black Ops Cold War.

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Black Ops Cold War dev hints at Flak Jacket fix

After repeated complaints about how overpowered it is, a Black Ops Cold War dev has hinted that a Flak Jacket fix is being worked on.

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All of all the perks in the game, Flak Jacket is a rather innocuous one, but one that has possibly caused the most headaches. It seems capable of deflecting almost the entire blast of an explosive device, but a BOCW dev has hinted that a Flak Jacket hotfix is in the works.

The usual debate and murmur about perks are “which one is best” and suited to what mode. Well, it seems that most player’s poison – especially for Hardcore – is Flak Jacket.

Black Ops Cold War indeed has plenty of lethal equipment that splatters your insides onto a wall and makes it look like abstract art, but it seems to be happening less and fewer thanks to Flak Jacket.

flak jacket perk in black ops cold war

When is the fix coming?

If you’re not sure of what Flak Jacket can actually offer you, here’s the official game’s description of the perk: “Take less damage from enemy explosives and Molotov and Combat Bow flames.

In this instance, less damage seems to be almost hyperbolic as the perk now seems to be preventing any damage at all from taking place. Not only is it not killing people when they should rightfully be in the ground, but it’s making lots of the game’s arsenal ineffectual and redundant, e.g., grenades, War Machine, etc.

The incessant complaints have led to Reddit rants with one user, Cepheagle, saying: “imagine if /u/foxhoundFPS actually did his job and forwarded things like this to the team. One day .. or never.”

bocw reddit post FoxhoundFPS

The brazen statement insinuates that Treyarch is aware of the issue but is choosing not to address it. However, FoxhoundFPS – Community Manager Josh Torres at Treyarch – has duly responded to the user’s, and everyone else’s, complaints.

“There was actually a discussion about this yesterday. I’ve seen your posts and I understand that you’re not pleased with the “gaps,” but I can only speak to the things that I can speak to.”

So contrary to the community’s thoughts, Treyarch is alerted to the presence of Flak Jacket’s overly-defensive properties. You can imagine this is just one problem in a whole heap of issues and bugs that Treyarch is actively working on fixes for.

Image credits: Treyarch

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