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Best sites to buy components?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by GlockBY, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. GlockBY

    GlockBY

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    Hello everybody,

    I am going to build a PC in about a month from now. I think I can handle the task and was wondering what are the best places to get parts from. If you have any links to good how-to sites it would be nice too.

    Thank you very much
     

  2. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    GlockBY, I second newegg.com They have the stuff I want, ship it fast, it works.

    A thought, stay away from rebates, especially on TigerDirect unless you don't mind lending them your money for six months. They say '8 to 10 weeks' but they leave out the fact that the '8 to 10 weeks' starts '30 to 40' weeks after you submit the rebate request.
     
  3. -=DFOX=-

    -=DFOX=- Border Bandit

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    www.newegg.comm just built a new system and got it all from them, about 1000.00 worth, got it all in 3 days. Everything went great.
     
  4. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

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    NewEgg

    www.newegg.com

    I have used TigerDirect several times and have not had any problem with rebates. They come from the OEM so the problems are with them and not TigerDirect. Got a great deal on a 17" LCD TV and got the rebate in 4 weeks.
     
  5. Stephen

    Stephen Hola! Millennium Member

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    Another vote for New Egg. Just be sure that what you order is correct as they do charge a 15% restocking fee.

    The shipping is usually fast and items are well packed.
     
  6. saber41

    saber41 Guest

    Did someone mention newegg.com j/k ;f

    I've also been very satisfied with newegg
     
  7. Medievaltech

    Medievaltech I need money :)

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    I agree with everyone else newegg is by far the best.
    easy link
     
  8. mjs

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    If I had to buy it all from one place: Newegg.com.

    But I usually buy ram from mushkin.com and occasionally pick up certain items at dell.com, outpost.com or mwave.com.

    I know many others that are happy with tigerdirect.com, but I haven't bought anything from them, yet.

    Plus, it never hurts to search pricewatch.com to see if anyone has what you need at a lower price.
     
  9. GoGlock

    GoGlock

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    I usually check www.pricewatch.com first. Newegg does come up with some items but there are others. Beware of the "fly by night" places too.
     
  10. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    1.) newegg
    2.) tigerdirect

    only thing i don't buy online are computer cases. they can be expensive with shipping, and if it's wrong, shipping back would cost a fortune. YMMV.
     
  11. G22-Joe

    G22-Joe I C Red People

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    I second this. I always go to PriceWatch first, to check on prices, and shipping costs. Most of the time the prices listed are with shipping, if the selling site provides a general shipping cost.

    Most of the time I end up buying from NewEgg, as they will have most of the items in stock, and ship very fast. Not to mention they offer an extended warranty for just a few dollars more, worthless of course on good memory, yet you never know when a CD/DVD drive or HDD will just kick-over. I had a Lite-On CD-RW that crashed right before the $6 extended warranty did, I called, and they sent me info to ship it back to them. Once I provided the tracking number, they sent me a new Lite-On that same day. So I was out a total of $18 (warranty, shipping of busted unit, and new unit warranty) for a $55 dollar up-dated model Lite-On, that can now also play DVDs bside burn CDs.

    If you buy a few items from NewEgg, and build a small history with them, then you can even call them and let them know you found XXXX cheaper on PriceWatch at YYYY store, and they will either meet it or beat it.

    All of my computers are built from 80-85% parts from NewEgg, all looked up from PriceWatch.

    PriceWatch.com
    NewEgg.com
     
  12. Sinister Angel

    Sinister Angel I'd Hit It!

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    Pricewatch! and then to makesure you have a decent company, go to www.resellerratings.com

    That's just how I do it anyway.
     
  13. GlockBY

    GlockBY

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    Thanks a lot for all the replies.

    I probably will go with Newegg.
    Any sites out there with how-to's, and component compatability?

    Thanks
     
  14. Cinic

    Cinic Spongy Member

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    When I was building my first rig, I just googled the obvious terms and came up with a few how-to's.

    The manufacturer websites should have comments about compatibility. Or if you google your specific selections you could probably find information regarding incompatibilities.
     
  15. mjs

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    Tomshardware.com has a lot of info. Manufacturers usually have their own sites with specs, manuals, FAQs, forums, etc... which can be helpful.