Where to Buy Computer Hardware: Go-to Places to Buy Computer Parts Cheap

Where to Buy Computer Hardware: Go-to Places to Buy Computer Parts Cheap

Posted 07.12.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

Where you buy computer parts can be just as important as the hardware itself. When it comes to finding the right place to buy computer parts, keep in mind you are also shopping for the kind of experience you want. Are you looking for the quickest way to get the parts you need? Are you willing to take the extra time to visit a store in person for a more personal shopping experience? What will the after-purchase service experience be like? These are just a couple of the questions to consider when looking for the right place to buy computer hardware. We break it down, give you the lay of the land, and even provide the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most prominent online and in-store retailers in the business.

An easy way to find computer parts would be to check online. Online retailers like “Newegg.com” and “TigerDirect.com” have a wider selection of computer parts and accessories, with prices almost always lower than you would expect to find at an in-store retailer. This is great if you don't mind the few days it would take for the parts to be shipped to your home. However, the closest you'd get to customer interface when shopping online would be your UPS guy. If you are unsatisfied with the product, you must be willing to go through the rigamarole of sending it back and waiting for its replacement. 

If you're looking to customize an entire unit to your exact specifications, another great online source is “Dell.com.” Dell offers an easy-to-use configuration tool that allows you to build your computer online just the way you want it and have it shipped directly to you. This is great if you aren't primarily interested in face-to-face customer care and attention, but it also prevents you from experiencing the look and feel of the purchased product the same way you would when buying in-store.

Compared to shopping online, taking the short drive to a local retailer may be worth your while if you're looking for a more personal shopping experience. Fry's Electronics is a popular destination for computer hardware due to its enormous selection and competitive prices. The warehouse environment of Fry's Electronics may be a convenient option if you're looking to scoop up a new hard drive and a new washing machine all in one trip. If the starkness of a bare bones warehouse matches your miserly ways, then Fry's may be right up your alley. If you're looking for high-end customer service and a higher level of expertise, then Best Buy may be a more suitable option.

Their selection is not as big as Fry's, so you may or may not get the specific part you need at Best Buy. However, employees at Best Buy tend to have a better understanding of the hardware required for your system, which is especially helpful for consumers who are not particularly familiar with the technology. With Geek Squad precincts set up at every location, Best Buy is also a good choice for consultation and repairs.

If you choose to find one of the last remaining shops that specialize in computer parts, be sure to look up ratings on consumer report websites like Yelp for a better idea of the computer hardware store's reputation. That way you know exactly what to expect as far as selection and customer service before you visit the shop.

Shopping online can be easy and fun, and can save you time and gas money, but you miss out on the benefits of face-to-face customer interaction. Shopping in person offers a more hands-on approach to picking out computer parts, but the size of the store can greatly affect the selection and level of expertise. By weighing the pros and cons of all your options, you're sure to find the computer hardware store that's right for you.

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new egg all the way
Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 10:30:06
Easy, cheap, great selection. Been using them for years and don't have a single complaint. I'm an apple fan so i still go into the apple store but everything else, flash drives, terabytes, video games, new egg is the way to go.

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