Where to Shop When You’re Building a PC on a Budget

Building a PC can be expensive but it can also be cheap – very cheap. If you’re building a PC on a budget and don’t know how to save money, this blog post will explain the secrets to getting the most bang for your buck.

It will also inspire you to start building if price is holding you back.

Where to Shop When You’re Building a PC  on a Budget

Believe it or not, there are some convenient places to buy cheap PC hardware. But this hardware isn’t only cheap, it’s also good! Don’t believe me? Check out the go-to destinations for PC builders on a budget.


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r/hardwareswap is the first place you should visit whenever you’re building a new PC. Why? Because you can also get rid of your old PC hardware at the same time.

It’s not uncommon to see interesting trades between PC builders every day on this subreddit. Just today I saw someone trading a pair of headphones for a GPU. Granted, you may not always get the latest and greatest PC hardware by trading your used junk, but you’ll definitely save some money.

Besides trading PC hardware, this community has a lot of useful information that includes a detailed Wiki page, a constantly updated weekly price check, and live IRC chat.


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PCPartPicker is considered the holy grail for PC builders who like simplicity. This easy-to-use website lets you build a virtual PC by creating a parts list and making sure everything is compatible. It also sources data around the web so you can easily find the lowest price available for every product.

The only downside to PCPartPicker is that it doesn’t aggregate used PC hardware. However, if you want to buy only new parts, this is the best place to compare prices and guarantee everything will work together once you start building.

Another great feature of PCPartPicker is the build gallery that lets you see pictures and parts lists of various builds. This comes in handy if you’re wondering what certain hardware looks like once it’s put together. Here’s a link to my personal build so you can check it out!


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Buying directly from a manufacturer is not always cheaper but it can save you money in the long run. For example, NZXT’s customer service team has no problem replacing broken side panels when it’s your fault or sending you a free case when you can’t find the one you want. That level of attention is something you can’t always get from a retailer with no vested interest in you other than your wallet.

Another advantage of buying PC hardware straight from the manufacturer is exclusive sales from hard-to-find products. Another example of this is the current promotion we’re running at the Armory for the limited edition NZXT x Ducky Shine 3. This discontinued keyboard has been one of the most sought-after NZXT products ever and we’re the only place that has it…and we have it on sale.

Manufacturers also have exclusive promotions for loyal customers that reward you for spending money with them, sell refurbished products with full warranties, and provide you with support when nobody else will listen.

More Ways to Save Money When Building a PC on a Budget

There are plenty of other ways to save money when building a PC on a budget but I want you to tell me. Answer the poll question below and let us know where you shop when you’re trying to save some cash!