You have finally made the decision to build your own computer, or maybe you are upgrading your existing PC. But when is the best time to buy computer parts? When it comes to computer parts, the prices are often inconsistent. This may lead you to search endlessly for the best deal possible. However, there are specific times of the year where deals are a little bit easier to find. This can save you a significant amount of time, and best of all, money.
There are many things that can go into finding the best time to build your PC or even upgrade it. A lot of PC experts say that there is no ideal time to purchase these components. But I know firsthand that there are certain times of the year to save some extra money on parts.
If you are anything like me, a budget-friendly PC consumer, this article is for you. Below I have outlined when you can exactly expect PC parts to go on sale to save some of your hard-earned cash.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing PC Parts
Before looking for deals on computer parts you need to ask yourself a few questions. It may not even be worth searching and waiting for a good deal depending on your answers.
- Do I want the newest version?
- How soon do I want the components? Can I wait?
- Will there be any big sales coming up?
- What part do I need?
- What brand do I want?
When it comes to PC parts, these are the most important questions to ask yourself. They will typically give you an idea if you can expect a specific component to go on sale. Typically, if the product has just been released, you can count it out for going on sale. With that being said, it is not unheard of for new models to go on sale during big events, such as black Friday.
It is also worth noting that parts can go on sale near new product launches. But, if it is not the most recent model you can likely expect to see some deals throughout the year periodically. These questions will be used throughout the article to help you decide when to buy parts.
Black Friday tends to be one of the best times to buy computer parts. This sale is reoccurring year-round so if you are looking to save some money it might be worth the wait. You can save a significant amount of money on PC components during this time of year. Most electronic retailers are looking to get rid of their current inventory during this time, hence you can find some really good deals.
If you plan to purchase your computer parts during Black Friday, plan ahead. Most retailers will publish flyers a few weeks in advance advertising their sales. Plan out which parts you want to purchase before the sale as they might sell out fast. I also recommend picking out some alternatives just in case the original part you wanted is sold out. Never go into a Black Friday sale without a plan as to what computer parts you want to purchase. I have done it too many times and ended up with way too much than I actually needed. The whole idea is to save money on computer parts, not more.
Just as the previous sale, Cyber Monday proves to be one of the best times to purchase PC parts. Again, it is a reoccurring yearly sale that can potentially save you a lot of money. However, most Cyber Monday sales happen on online electronic retailers. Of course, many in-store retailers participate in the sale, but the best deals can typically be found online. After all, that is what the sale was made for.
Within this sale, you will likely find many parts and components to have big savings. If you missed out on Black Friday or just didn’t find the exact part you were looking for, you may find it here. Cyber Monday falls a couple days after Black Friday. With these two sales combined, it makes it one of the best times to upgrade or build a PC.
Just like before, many stores will offer you a sneak peek as to what deals you can expect. If you are planning to purchase PC parts on Black Friday you might as well plan for this sale at the same time. Essentially you will be taking advantage of both sales offering you the best deals possible. An important note to consider is to compare computer part retailers. Many do not offer the exact same deals, so spend some time ahead of the sale to compare the deals at different stores.
Other Special Sales Events
Aside from the sales mentioned above, there are many other special sales that stores do. Amazon Prime Day and Holidays are some examples. During these times you can expect parts to go on sale for some reasonable prices. While the saving may not be as big as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they are still worth mentioning. Is not uncommon to see some components offered at 30% off which is nothing to bat an eye at.
Depending on what store you typically buy your parts from too, they may have their own unique sales specific to them. It is worth researching whether or not they have specific sales coming up. This can ultimately lead you to get the best price possible.
New Product Transitions
When it comes to PC parts, you can usually expect generational transitions. This happens when they have made a newer version or model of that component. During these times, they are looking to get rid of the old versions to make room for the new ones. You can expect sales to pop up during this time for that reason. Usually, you can expect the old generation to go on sale or reduce in price 1-2 months before the newer generation’s release date. Again, saving you some money on your build or upgrade.
If you are looking to purchase the latest and greatest parts, this may not be for you. When it comes to technology, advancements are being made every day. Usually, the new generation’s for PC parts are released every single year. So waiting for it to go on sale due to a product transition wouldn’t make sense.
However, if you don’t need the newest version, this is for you. Price reductions for product transitions can be anywhere from 10% up to 40% depending on the component. I personally have waited for the newer generation to be released many times to capitalize on savings on the old generation. You just have to consider whether or not the “old version” will suit your needs. Usually speaking, the latest generation is better than its predecessors, but this is not always the case. Do some research and compare the features to see which is a better fit for your PC.
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Deals
The majority of PC part retailers have some form of this sale. It might be in the form of daily, weekly, or even monthly deals. Whatever the case may be, they can save you some money. Check the websites of these retailers for any flyers or pages that list items on sale. While the discounts might not be as good as the special sales that they hold annually, you can find some good bargains.
The only disadvantage to these types of sales is that you will never know what is really going to be on sale. They don’t typically advertise these sales in advance, you will have to check into them on your own. If you are not in any rush to pick the parts up, check back as often as they refresh. You would be surprised at how many good components appear in these sales.
Amazon and Newegg are two examples of a retailer that have a daily deals section.
Finding the Best Deal No Matter What
Sometimes you just can’t wait for specific parts to go on sale, myself included. Even if the part is not currently on sale or there is no upcoming sale nearby, you can still find good deals. Different retailers may have the component listed at a better price. Hence, it is important to shop around before making a purchase.
Websites such as PC Part Picker offer you the ability to not only see the specs of the part but the prices as well. The prices will be displayed from several popular retailers allowing you to compare rather quickly. You would be surprised at the difference in prices you can see between retailers. This can save you a lot of money even when components may not be on sale.
The Waiting Game on Components
As mentioned earlier, technology is ever-evolving. This brings us to what I call “the waiting game”. Many say that the best time to purchase PC parts is when you need them the most. With products being released all the time due to generational transitions, the best time to purchase that part is in the future. This is because it will go on sale as mentioned above. But, when that time comes you may want the next generation’s part. You will basically then enter a never-ending loop of just waiting.
With that being said, if you don’t need that specific part as soon as possible. Why not wait? It may appear in the daily, weekly, or monthly deals mentioned above. Or better yet, a big special sale might be just around the corner. Take a look at any upcoming sales and decide whether or not you can or are willing to wait this long. If you have some time to spare, I advise taking this route.
I personally just went through this experience while upgrading my RAM. I already had some installed in my computer but I was looking to add some extra memory. Rather than going out that day and purchasing some, I waited a couple of weeks. Sure enough, it went on sale and I saved 25%.
What deals can I expect from parts?
Generally speaking, not every component will offer similar savings. It is also worth mentioning that certain brands may not offer similar savings. Below is a list that usually offers the biggest price cuts.
- SSD’s, HDD’s and M.2 SSD’s
- Peripherals (monitors, keyboards, headsets, etc.)
- Power supplies
- Case fans and CPU coolers
- AMD CPU’s
- Pre-build devices
Specific brands are more reluctant to place their products on sale. For example, you are far more likely to see AMD processors on sale as opposed to Intel. The same goes for specific parts, you are far less likely to see graphics cards to go on sale. I am not saying that they never go on sale, however, it is just less likely. It is also worth mention that when they do go on sale the savings tend to be not as great. The list above is a general guideline as to what components typically go on sale and see the largest savings available.
All in all, there are many times throughout the year that can be the best time to purchase computer parts. I recommend doing some research into any sales that might be upcoming for retailers. If the sale is not too far away it may be worth the wait. During special sales events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc. you can save a lot of money. Also, take a look at whether or not specific stores offer sales unique to them. You would be surprised at the deals you can find just by spending a little bit of time looking for them.
However, if time is limited for building or upgrading your PC, you may not want to wait. Sometimes the best time is when you need it the most. But it is still worth doing some research to find the best price possible. As mentioned earlier, many retailers do not always list components for the same price. Be sure to compare a few stores before making a purchase. This is the most important thing to do, research. You have the potential to save a lot of your hard-earned money on PC parts.
Personally I believe that it is up to you to decide when the best time is.