A good place to search for the cheapest prices: <A HREF="http://www.pricewatch.com/" target="_new">Price Watch®</A>. But you should still use <A HREF="http://www.resellerratings.com/" target="_new">ResellerRating.com</A> to check on recent comments about the merchants. The lowest price might not be the best deal if the company is in the process of filing for bankruptcy, has a tendency to ignore customer complaints, takes weeks to ship a package, or refuses to correctly handle a RMA.
I've bought a lot of components from <A HREF="http://www.directron.com/" target="_new">Directron</A>, and I buy all my hard drives in bulk from this <A HREF="http://www.dirtcheapdrives.com/" target="_new">outfit</A> ... no one else. Some resellers have shoddy packaging and shipping departments, (i.e. it's always such a <i>thrill</i> to receive a HD that looks like it's been through a war during the transit ... without any real cushioning in the box) but this company is the best in that regard.
I like www.newegg.com for service and selection. I like their selection of Cases and Hard Drives and CDROM's. This time around I purchase a Processor from www.googlegear.com because they had free 2nd Day Air Shipping on their processors. I noticed they have some deals like that on selected ANTEC power supplies too.
I would recommend Essencompu.com, I have used it so many times in the last month I'm like a honorary member.
Western Digital Raptor:
137.00 + 11.96 shipping 2 day delivery [Newegg.com]
139.00 + 0.00 shipping 2 day delivery [Essencompu.com]
Now I know other things may apply like restocking fees etc. but so far I havent returned anything purchased in the last few years. And most of the time you only have to send the item to the manufacturer like HD's when they are bad.
Cheaper with a good record? That would be essencompu.com also known as Essential Computer. They have FREE FEDEX 2DAY SHIPPING for selected items. Been purchasing with them for the last year. Haven't encounter any problems YET...=)
I got a blue cathode tube for $8.99 for my Antec Chasis. Recently I also got a Memorex DVDRW for $119.38. Kodak DX4330 for $219 and change. Both of those were refurbs but excellent condition and price. ALL WITH FREE SHIPPING AND NO CALIFORNIA TAX!!!!
This place is great. Best part is their customer service reps speak CLEAR english unlike newegg and googlegear.
This place is also by far the best at Flash memory and networking. Check them out. AMAZING place!!! And free shipping on everything not just certain items.