This is just a post for my personal benefit, documenting computer parts retailers I use, have used, and generally trust…
When I am buying PC Parts or Hardware – I generally shop around amongst these sites to find the cheapest prices for what I want and the cheapest shipping. I trust these retailers and I’ve shopped with them all at least once – you should too!
|Amazon||https://www.amazon.co.uk||Surprisingly, PC parts from Amazon can sometimes be cheaper than anywhere else.|
|Ebuyer||http://www.ebuyer.com||Pretty good prices for all round PC parts. Sometimes competitive/beating Amazon and most other sites.|
|Scan||http://www.scan.co.uk||Good site. Focused around general PC usage and gaming.
I don't often buy from them now though as prices can be better elsewhere. I am meant to have life-time free delivery after registering for it at a trade show a few years back, but my last order I had to pay for. Maybe my life-time free delievery was time limited? D:
|Overclockers.co.uk||http://www.overclockers.co.uk||Dedicated to gaming / performance use. Not always the cheapest source. I've built gaming PC's using parts from Overclockers before. They also have a very active and helpful community in their Forums.|
|CCL Computers||https://www.cclonline.com||Originally I stopped using CCL as they only used the Amtrak courier chain (now defunct) for delivery, and had issues with Amtrak deliveries at the time. I do sometimes still find CCL beats the prices of some other sites.|
|Dabs.com||Defunct - now part of BT Group||Dabs no longer exists - but they used to be an excellent source of business-related hardware.|
|MicroDirect||Defunct - now part of Amazon?||MicroDirect used to offer competitive prices. It now seems going to their site redirects to the Amazon Electronics category.|
|Novatech||http://www.novatech.co.uk||Directed more at performance / gaming. Not always the cheapest source of parts.|
|CPC / Farnell UK||http://cpc.farnell.com||More directed at general electronics consumption. I hobby with Raspberry Pi's and often buy electronics parts from them. Also sell other electrical goods and appliances. Good community too.|
|RS Components UK||http://uk.rs-online.com||Another electronics site for Raspberry Pi and general electronics needs.|
|Server Case||https://www.servercase.co.uk||Dedicated more towards server PC's, retails various case types, pre-built servers and components.|
|Tier1||http://www.tier1online.com||For laptops I typically go for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads. They're sturdy, last a long time and parts are readily available years after a model goes out of production. I can still buy parts for my early 2000's IBM T20.
Tier1 sell refurbished and B-grade machines, which are perfectly acceptable for everyday use.
… I’m sure I’m forgetting a few sites… I’ll update this list as and when I remember them.
Do you have a preferred retailer? Feel free to respond within the comments. Please keep all comments constructive. Personal recommendations are acceptable. Outright advertising spam will be removed.