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Which stores do you buy your parts from?

Last response: in Systems
May 19, 2008 10:30:53 PM


So my question is this: Is it safe to buy components at other online stores such as Mwave,, and similar average rating stores (according to

Newegg of course gets insane reviews, but I could save 10% more overall on my $1300-1400 computer if I bought items at different places on the internet. Do I need to be worried that certain websites will not have the same quality of components or they might ship them in a way that damages the components, i.e. a case?

I am thinking most places are safe, but what rating would you demand on to determine the store is safe. I love Amazon, but it has quite a low customer satisfaction rating, so I do not know what to think!

Thanks guys.

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May 19, 2008 11:01:04 PM

the quality of parts would be the same. they don't make the parts, just sell them. i always use either or i've experienced zero problems with either etailer. personally i would not buy from some little know websites because of the returns. if you have to return and item for any reason, newegg is the best. i hear that they custumer service is very high, but i as yet have to have a problem with anyting to actually call and verify.
May 20, 2008 12:32:02 AM

I agree about returns. Customer Service is the biggest concern to me about shopping online.

Frys occasionally has better deals than newegg.

For stuff like monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc, I'd check local retailers at their websites too. Best Buy, Circuit City, and the like.
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May 20, 2008 1:07:10 AM

I have spent well over $50,000 at mWave and they are a quality merchant. is ok, they have a bit of a tough return policy though last time I checked.

Amazon is great, you have to remember people mainly write in to complain, most people with good experiences don't bother to write in.

Remember, you might save a little by buying from all over the place, but you have to factor in all the different shipping costs. It usually works out to about even.
May 20, 2008 1:11:34 AM

Dumb double posts tonight. Sorry!
May 20, 2008 3:34:07 AM

The site I purchase from the most (since ~2000) is Next is ZipZoomFly. Those are the onse I consistently purchase item from.

I used to use Mwave (a.k.a. back in 1998). for fans. for my HTPC case and fans.