No one that I know enjoys spending a fortune on something if they can get the same quality product cheaper elsewhere. It’s basic math. The key, obviously, is making sure that no one is going to lose out on value in exchange for price. This will oftentimes lead to people spending big dollars on high-end products while trying to get them on sale. After all, just because they’re saving money doesn’t mean that no one is trying to avoid something nice and worth owning.
So when it comes to purchasing the right hardware for that next PC build, wouldn’t it be nice to actually end up saving money while still getting the value you’ve been after all along? Makes sense to me. To help you along in this journey, I am going to introduce you to some popular places where people have been known to pick up a great deal without having to waste a lot of extra time.
Pricewatch: Perhaps one of my favorite stomping grounds, Pricewatch will not only provide you with potentially the best prices you will find anywhere, but it’ll even help you to find vendors with the best shipping as well. All you need to do is browse though what is provided and find the best hardware that meets your needs. Laptops, bare-bones kits, full desktop computers, mobo/memory combos, there’s nothing in this realm that Pricewatch is missing. Even better, it’s recently gotten into software as well.
Froogle: You might know this service as Google’s own product search page. However you happen to refer to this tool, Froogle is set to deliver everything you’d find above with Pricewatch… and then some. Because it has a much larger database from which to draw, you may find that stopping here in addition to Pricewatch is a great way to find out if the going rate being asked makes any sense.
Pricewatch does a nice job of including the small retailers while Froogle will generally ensure both the small guys and the big guys like Amazon or TigerDirect are listed with their products. On the whole, you will find that using both of the above services will provide you with the best approach to buying the best computer hardware for the best price. After all, it’s just window shopping v2.0.