View Full Version : Best place to buy new computer hardware?
12-25-03, 02:19 PM
I know i have seen a good site with good prices, but I cant remember for the life of me what it was. I know lots have been using it as i have seen several links in the past few months, just cant think of it right now and I cant find any.
What do you guys use?
12-25-03, 02:27 PM
12-25-03, 03:23 PM
Pricewatch is good for finding the lowest prices, personally I go with NewEgg all the time now. They have *almost* the lowest prices, but it's all coming from one place, and they are very good with service, promptness, etc.
Pricewatch is just a listing place for many different websites; my suggestion is to find a place in your area that has decent prices and go there, especially for the big ticket items that you need to make sure work properly.
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, so I have three places within driving distance; Anitec, ATIC, and A-Power.
When I'm quoting prices of parts I usually use Newegg; they have many different parts, decent prices, and a good search engine.
12-25-03, 04:41 PM
newegg can have low prices, but sometimes the prices they have are just outrageous. I would say though that most of the time NewEgg's prompt delivery (basically 2 days to anywhere without any problems or extra charge) makes up for the items that they do overcharge on~
12-29-03, 04:11 AM
I've had good luck with www.mwave.com in the past. UPS Ground shipping takes a while to get all the way across the country, but they have awesome customer service, replacing anything I've had a problem with immediately (same story from friends who've use them too).
I bought several cases from www.c-computer.com too. I didn't go all the way through the ordering stuff, but they used to have free shipping on cases. Shipping a big heavy case can end up costing almost as much as the case itself, and their prices weren't too bad to begin with. -------------------------
12-29-03, 05:27 AM
I had pretty good luck with Newegg as well. I'd suggest starting there, and then looking at pricewatch to see how much you could save by going somewhere else, and then decide if the money you save is worth buying from multiple vendors.
I got my case from somewhere else - I can't remember whom now, but I used the search function on yahoo shopping and was able to save some cash both on the case and on the shipping (because it was a big heavy case).
12-29-03, 06:50 AM
I like Newegg. I've spent just over $12k with them this year alone and never had a problem.
12-29-03, 10:04 AM
Newegg and/or TigerDirect.com (Back In Black)
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12-29-03, 11:20 AM
All I have to say is that if you find vendors from pricewatch, is that you check and make sure they have a good reputation! I found a vendor from pricewatch and on their site they listed them as good vendors.
I ordered a video card that worked for 1 session of play time then kaput! I had one hell of a time getting a replacement card.
In the first place I screwed up and grabbed the debit instead of the CC when I ordered it, /bonk self!
They actually thought it would be ok to replace a $300 lifetime warranty video card with a generic $149 30 day video card.
I had more hassels than I should have because I used the Debit card instead of the CC, but my bank took care of it. I shipped back the video card and my bank canceled payment and I wrote everyone I could about their crapy service. (pricewatch, the better business bureau in their area, and the company themselves)
** After finding their BBB listings it turns out that they had quite a few bad listing for similar bad part/cheap part replacements.
I've purchased everything from www.newegg.com forever; never had a problem, always fast delivery, and the prices are very competitive.
The only time I've purchased anything from somewhere other than Newegg is when I just needed a couple cables, or an extra fan, or some other piddly part, which I'll pick up at random_local_retail03. Amadan :: Child of the Phoenix ::
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12-30-03, 08:43 PM
The only place I'll buy online is at Newegg. Great prices and great service!
Sure pricewatch will give you some nice cheap prices...but they also give you some shoddy sites. My suggestion is, before you buy make sure you check out the company with the www.bbb.org/ and check out the other consumer protection sites.
12-31-03, 12:13 AM
If my preferred vendors don't have what I want at a good price, I use www.pricewatch.com plus www.resellerratings.com to find a good place to buy it. I've never had any major issues with this strategy.
Several years ago I bought a V3 for my brothers' computer. Due to the ad, I was expecting an OEM card and bottom-of-the-line results from this company, but I got a shrinkwrapped retail card quite quickly. One of my best buying experiences, which started with just the cheapest vendor on Pricewatch... If someone's got a good price and a decent reputation, I'm willing to give them a chance. -------------------------