The Computer Part People Are Hoarding: ‘I Felt Like I Was Buying Drugs’

The race to create cryptocurrencies is driving up cost of one specific type of hardware that’s also prized by PC gamers

Three months into a seemingly futile search, James Liska finally spotted a reasonably priced computer-graphics card online. By the time he clicked “buy,” it was gone.

He blames those cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

“This has been far more frustrating than I ever imagined,” said the 30-year-old videogame player who lives in Washington, D.C. He...

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