Finding a fast computer isn’t nearly as difficult – or expensive – as you might think. In fact, if you know where to buy computer parts, and which time of the year to go shopping, then it’s easy to pick up a very fast computer at a rock bottom price.
Here are a few tips that will help you get the best deal on your next computer purchase.
Time it right
Every retail company has seasonal sales. However, the computer industry especially loves seasonal sales. It seems like at least 2 to 3 times per month, a computer retailer finds some excuse to have a sale. Aside from the obvious sale times, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and Easter, computer stores may celebrate low-key holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day or even the first day of spring.
So how do these companies celebrate each holiday? By giving away cheap fast computer parts, of course! For that reason, it’s always a good idea to wait until a sale starts before purchasing any tech stuff – especially if you do most of your shopping online. If you’re looking for a company that has seasonal sales several times per month, then NewEgg.com is one of the primary culprits.
Build your own PC
Many computer parts retailers will allow you to piece together your own PC. This is a great way to save money and get a fast computer in the process. And, in many cases, you may not even need to assemble the PC yourself. Instead, some computer parts stores will provide assembly for a small fee (generally below $50).
You don’t even need to know much about computer repair in order to build a good, fast PC. Instead, rely on experts to do it for you. There are hundreds of sample builds around the internet at all price ranges. Depending on what you need your PC to do (gaming, word processing, HD video compression, etc.), you’ll want to choose the parts accordingly.
If you’re looking to put together a cheap and fast gaming PC, for example, then PC Gamer is one of the best places to start. Their sample builds have been helping novice PC builders for ages. Check out this rig, updated in May of 2012, for a good example.
Ask for discounts
If you’re shopping for a fast computer in a retail environment, don’t be afraid to ask for discounts. Tech companies like Best Buy have some degree of wiggle room over the price of their computers, and for some discounts, all you have to do is ask.
The easiest way to get a discount is to find some flaw with the item. Is there a paint chip on the bottom of a laptop? Does the case not come in the color you wanted? Sure, discounts may be a long shot, but at least you can say you tried.