Looking for new computer parts is really fun. Well, at least that was the case until computer hardware became more expensive and prices stopped falling. Luckily, there are some decent options if you’re looking for cheaper hardware, both new and used.
In any particular order, here are some of the best online stores for finding cheap (computer) computer parts when repairing your computer or looking for a new one from scratch.
Caution when buying cheap computer parts
Much can be expected from cheap computer components. If they are too cheap, you have to ask yourself «why?». Why can one store afford to sell it at a significantly lower price than its competitors?
The answer is usually «it’s a scam».
There are other problems as well. The price of RAM has gone up over the last few years, so any «cheap» parts now look like the usual bargains of yesteryear. Similarly, cheap processors don’t exist unless you buy used ones, and even then some processors are surprisingly expensive.
Case in point: I thought about a small CPU upgrade for my main system. It has a decent i5 3570K that never let me down, but I wanted to bump into an i7 3770K for extra capacity. Intel 3xxx processors will hit the market in 2012. And the price of the new i7 3770K? Just like six years ago; I should have just splashed out a little more then.
Adding to the problem is the cryptocurrency boom. The price of Ethereum and other GPU-mined cryptocurrencies may have fallen, but the demand for new GPUs for mining rigs remains stable. At the same time, GPU prices are at least lower than at the peak of the crypto mining market.
Used parts, remanufactured parts and competitive prices is the way to go if you need cheap equipment — either this or unbranded imports from China.
1. For wholesale computer parts: AliExpress
Suitable for: cheap equipment without brand, wholesale components, computer components, RAM, hard drives, hard drives, power supplies.
Avoid: processors, graphic processors.
RAM, HDDs, and SSDs are worth exploring, depending on your budget and willingness to make the deal. However, graphics GPUs don’t exist, and the same goes for processors.
Now, does it cost less because the hardware is not as good? Or is it just brand weight that drives up the cost of other equipment? The answer is somewhere in the middle. AliExpress sellers are either companies or individuals, but it differs from Amazon in that it does not directly sell any products.
2. For refurbished computer parts: eBay
Suitable for: new equipment, remanufactured equipment, used parts, computer stores.
Avoid: Any deal that is too good to be true — because it probably is!
As with AliExpress, you can find unknown manufacturers among other listings, as well as new, used and refurbished parts.