As with previous generations of Nvidia cards (like the 1070), the 3070 offers a lot of value for money and is generally a more realistic proposition for your average PC gamer than the RTX 3080.
The Nvidia RTX 3070 launched last year just before we got our hands on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Like the consoles, these graphics card have been as rare as rocking horse droppings ever since. Here a T3 we like to keep an eye on stock, so we can let you know when it appears, but stock trackers alert us to their arrival and by the time we've started typing words the stock has all been sold to scalpers and listed on eBay.
The only advice we've got for you at the moment is to check back here for the 3070 or take a peek at the RTX 3080 stock tracker, or RTX 3060 Ti stock tracker. If consoles are more your bag then your arrival here is a mistake, and you should instead head over to our PS5 stock tracker and Xbox Series X stock tracker.
Frustratingly, even Nvidia admits that there may well be RTX 30 series stock shortages until May. So you've saved up, and really want a new GPU - so what are your options, we say use our stock tracker daily to see when retailers have cards available.
Pricing on the GeForce RTX 3070 starts from $499 / £469 / AU$809. The more powerful RTX 3080 costs $699 / £649 / AU$1,139, and the RTX 3090 is priced at $1,499 / £1,399 / AU$2,429. But these prices shoot up if you're buying from scalpers on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. If you're trying to get a new GPU we suggest, as we do with our PS5 and Xbox Series X stock trackers, you make accounts at these retailers and save your payment details to get through the checkout process as quickly as possible.
Where to buy Nvidia RTX 3070 in the USA
It won't have escaped your attention that Amazon is a pretty big deal in computer components. It doesn't give updates on incoming stock, so check regularly to see if it has any RTX 3070s.
GameStop sells graphics cards as well as being listed on the stock market for either $15 or $400. It is, as you might expect, a pretty good place to pick up RTX 3070s when they're available. We're not sure if they'll let you trade stocks for 3070 stock though...
Best Buy is also one of the only places you'll be able to find the GeForce RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 Founders Editions. It also carries a range of cards from other manufacturers too - a great place to consider no matter what you're looking for.
Popular mega-retailer Walmart stocks the Founders Edition cards along with a selection of third-party models. So those looking for some overclocked action may well find it here.
Newegg has a good range of GPUs available, but all of its RTX 3070 cards are out of stock for the moment.
Where to buy Nvidia RTX 3070 in the UK
It's quick, it's simple and if any store is getting 3070s it's going to be Amazon. It's hard to know when stock is going to arrive, so as always it's worth keeping an eye on T3.com - we'll tell you if we spot any!
There's a promising selection of cards that Currys carry, unfortunately as soon as stock appears they tend to get bought instantly. We smell a scalping rat, but you may well get lucky.
Since the 3070 was announced Overclockers have had various cards come in and out of stock. It's always worth checking the site because they tend to appear without warning!
As you might expect computer retailer Ebuyer is a great place to get a GPU. While 3070 stock is scarce, it does often have pre-built machines that feature the card - which might be a faster route to getting one of these GPUs right now.
Scan has a great page dedicated to informing people when stock is expected. There's not much news about any of the 30 series GPUs yet, but we'll update you if that changes.
Where to buy Nvidia RTX 3070 Australia
Mwave is one of the few retailers currently showing stock of many Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 cards. Move fast!
As with Mwave above, Scorptec does appear to have a good supply of RTX 3070s, but if you have the money ready we'd suggest speed is important.
The RTX 3070 isn't in stock on either the west or east coast at the moment. But Australian stock seems to be promising, so we'd keep an eye on PLE too.
As always, the Nvidia website may have stock of the RTX 3070 Founders Edition and also information on the stock situation more widely.
If you want to balance your budget with your needs, you can check out T3's best graphics cards roundup to find one to suit your rig and your wallet.