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Where to buy individual components

By James_Randy ·
I'm looking for a supplier of individual computer "brand name" components. Intel processors, Asus motherboards, ATI griphics cards, 3Com network cards, IBM hard drives, Sound Blaster sound cards, as well as RAM, floppy disk drives, cd rom drives, and a wide (or perhaps not so wide) selection of computer cases. I may want to buy only one or two items at a time, or many many items per order. Either on-line purchases, telephone purchases and/or local retail/wholesale sales (I'm in a major metropolitan area) would all be acceptable.

I'm looking for quality, reliability, price, customer service and easy return policies in case of defective products. Primarily hardware, but software as well (Microsoft products). I'm looking for one supplier for all my parts.

I'm sure you'll have a lot of ideas, and I'll divide the points accordingly for "non-redundant" and best suggestions that meet my stated criteria.

Regards,

jr

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by James_Randy In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Actually, one supplier would be preferable, but not a necessity. I also wonder about what would be required to buy directly from the manufacturer at wholesale prices. what kind of voulme would be required, etc. (including an OEM arrangement with Microsoft). Has anyone looked into that?

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by MarcAsk In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Here in Arizona and in Calforina, we purchase our parts in a store named Fry's Electronics. They carry all name brand components mentioned above including the full line of Antec cases. Prices are the same regardless of volume. Their return policy isfantastic. I recently returned a DOA mobo. I walked in, showed my receipt, and was given another brand new mobo. No questions asked. Not only do they carry components, they have a full selection of software, manuals, and tools. Prices are slightly higher than online, but you pay for convenience. To the knowlegable consumer, it is an electronic supermarket. They do not have a web site or a telephone order department that I am aware of (I am a walk in). You can call the local store here for more info. The number is 602.659.8500. Good luck in your search.
Marc

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by James_Randy In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Thanks for the input. All these are good suggestions. I might post the question again for others' thoughts on the subject. But I'll close it for now so the divided points are still reasonable. Thanks again. jr

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by OTL In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Try www.pricewatch.com, good prices and other peoples views on different suppliers. Shipping methods and time between order and receipt.

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by James_Randy In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Thanks for the input. All these are good suggestions. I might post the question again for others' thoughts on the subject. But I'll close it for now so the divided points are still reasonable. Thanks again. jr

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Where to buy individual components

by dmiles In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

This is a few sites that provide good service and offer a complete line of computer components and parts
1)www.cdw.com
2)www.cyberguys.com
3)Data Comm Warehouse (www.warehouse.com)
4)www.pcpowercooling.com

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by James_Randy In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Thanks for the input. All these are good suggestions. I might post the question again for others' thoughts on the subject. But I'll close it for now so the divided points are still reasonable. Thanks again. jr

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by avachon In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Hi, I can't offer a "superstore" site, but here are some I use. http://www.directron carries a wide assortment of hardware ranging from cases, case fans to harddrives, floppies, drive cables, boards and memory. They offer tech support, customer support, returns (they also have some online instructions to help out people). http://pcpowerandcooling also offer cases (limited but sturdiest I've found); great case fans (ball bearing, silencers), heat alerts, some of the best power supplies. Also have excellent tech support and customer support - no questions asked return policy; free shipping except for cases. To buy direct you need your own business (which is really just the tax paperwork) and a tax-exempt certificate for your state (I think that's what it's called). Anyway, you need to demonstrate that you are a reseller and volume depends on the manufacturer. The small business association can give you the details - either on the web or at a local office. Hope this helps.

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by James_Randy In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

Thanks for the input. All these are good suggestions. I might post the question again for others' thoughts on the subject. But I'll close it for now so the divided points are still reasonable. Thanks again. jr

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Where to buy individual components

by grbeckmeyer In reply to Where to buy individual c ...

I can tell you of a few online companies I have had good luck with, but first I would suggest www.resellerratings.com
Here you can see ratings and customer comments for many online shops.

I personally have had pleasant experiences with www.tcwo.com (GREAT prices & service, but selection is slim), www.bunta.com (great prices and much larger selection, but in California so it takes a little longer to reach me in Ohio), and I also just ordered from www.cyberguys.com(not the best for components, but they have some obscure stuff you just don't see very often)

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