Thinking of building your own gaming pc? Now is the time with the global chip shortage bottoming out, and GPU prices steadily falling, it seems likely that parts may become more easily accessible (or affordable) online. With that in mind, is it really a good idea to go to Amazon for PC building help? We have spoken before about Amazon’s reliability in tech products. From my own experience, my first PC build was done all through Amazon, and for first time computer builders, I highly recommend just sticking with Amazon and following an online guide. However the main reason that this question comes up at all is because of why some people think it’s better to shop for PC components elsewhere,
Reason # 1 is compatibility.
Amazon won’t automatically compare all your items to see if they are at-all compatible. There are plenty of websites out there that allow you to select inputs for parts, and it will tell you if you can make a PC out of them, most notably PCPartPicker. However I believe this can be a little overwhelming for first timers, and honestly, sticking with an online tutorial and filling you Amazon cart with all the necessary components is the simplest way to go.
Reason #2 is availability.
Normally Amazon’s main attraction is broad selection, however in the midst of the GPU and chip shortage, there’s really nothing more that Amazon can do other than wait for their stocks to one day replenish. Finding a fair priced GPU, as of now, is not as impossible as it was a month ago, but still quite ridiculously difficult, if at all possible. The only way I was able to get my hands on an RTX 3090 was by driving almost two hours to the nearest MicroCenter and showing them my license so they could make sure I wasn’t scalping. However, if things start to settle down, and more fair prices become available, buying GPU’s and other components online would certainly save some of that hassle.
Reason #3 is Prime
If you have a Prime account, then your shipping is Fast and Free, and who doesn’t like that. My experience is that Amazon delivers much quicker than other ecommerce sites and they’re reliable. I especially like that you get a delivery notice and a photo of the item on your porch as soon as it’s delivered.
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