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A guide to sourcing computer parts and components

Aug 1st 2014 at 5:19 AM

Whether you are building a computer from scratch or attempting to fix your existing PC, it is likely that you will need to source computer parts and components online. Whilst sourcing computer parts and components should be a relatively straightforward task, it is important that you check they are of high quality and worth the money you are paying for them. See below for our tips on sourcing computer parts online.

Always make sure you are buying parts from your computer from a reputable seller as you do not want to risk damaging your system with unreliable, fake parts.

Compatibility

First things first, you need to make sure that the parts you are sourcing are compatible with your existing computer or suitable for the PC you are building. Make sure that you have noted down the make, model and any serial numbers that will assist you in your search for compatible computer parts.

Shop around and set yourself a budget

If you are not sure how much specific computer parts and components are, then we suggest shopping around to get a better idea of the prices. If any components appear to be way over the average price or way below, it suggests that the seller may not be as reputable as they are making out to be. Shopping around for computer parts quotes will help you to set yourself a budget and prevent over spending.

Is the seller reputable?

One of the main concerns with buying computer parts online is that they could be fake or copied. Unfortunately there are people out there that sell these poor quality computer parts, so you will need to do your best to vet suppliers and look out for warning signs, before making an order.

An easy way to tell if a computer part is a fake or copy is if the price is significantly lower than similar types of parts. Whilst many people will be fooled into thinking they are getting a good deal, a fake or copied computer part could end up causing their computer to malfunction and the whole system may be compromised.

Another way to find out if a seller is reputable or not is to check the reviews on their website and other places on the internet. If the majority of the reviews they have received are positive, then you should be safe to buy computer parts from them. If however they have negative reviews, do not take the risk. Simply move onto another supplier. Remember to look for reviews on other websites and perform Google searches, as the reviews on a supplier’s website may not always be unbiased or reliable.

A reputable computer parts supplier will have a fair returns policy.

Check the return policy

Before buying a computer component or part online, it is always important to check suppliers’ return policies. You need to have the peace of mind that if the part is damaged, faulty or simply incompatible with your computer, you can simply return it to the seller and get your money back.

If the seller does not appear to have a return policy or has simply said ‘no returns’; take your business elsewhere. All reputable computer part suppliers will have a return policy. If a company does have one, it suggests they are not a legitimate business.

Conclusion

Unfortunately with so many fake and copied components and parts out there, buying quality computer parts online can get a little tricky. However, if you are a savvy shopper and do your research on both the part prices and sellers before making an order, there is no reason why you won’t be able to find the perfect parts for your new-build or existing computer.

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