Building a PC

So I’m thinking of replacing my old system, and I’m thinking of doing it piece by piece. Any decent online sources for computer components; processors, motherboards, drives, memory, power suplies and the like? I’m probably going to recruit a friend to help me out, but I’d like to look at what things are going for these days (the last time I actually was following computer prices and such was 8 years ago).

Thanks all in advance.


It is a very well done PC component price tracking site. They even price kit systems and ‘bare bones’ boxes.

My best resource.

You also may want to spend some time on the ars technica page. There is a ton of great information over there, and forums full of people who know what they’re doing with this sort of project. - lists special deals that aren’t on pricewatch - lets you know what kind of company you might be dealing with. Definitely check here before you place your order… - lots of useful info for hardware information
and for pricing

I went to and ordered a barebone system (MB, Processor, Memory, Case, Power Supply) for a pretty low price. Look under the “Systems” section.

However, when I got the system, the AGP slot was backwards (?!?!) and I couldn’t put my video card in. I returned the system to be replaced, so we’ll see what happens. I’m not happy that I have to pay to ship it back to them, though. They better ship it back FedEx 2-day like I paid for when I ordered it, too.

So basically, I don’t know if they’re good or not, but it’s there if you want to check it out.

My personal sources: They have some good prices on some stuff, and free shipping! for pretty much everything Z-buy doesn’t have for cheap. for cooling gear. for anything the above don’t carry.