If your computer slows down or is crashing a lot, some components may need to be replaced. Computer parts tend to be expensive. However, there are options if your budget is limited.
Determine Which Parts Need to be Replaced
This will help you set up a budget. Take note of the symptoms (monitoring dimming, hard disk crashing, no sound etc). Check on the Internet as to what hardware failure is causing this. Never buy a component unless you know exactly what hardware is malfunctioning. If necessary, take the computer to a shop and have a technician determine the problem.
Look at Various Shops
Call the computer stores near you and get price quotes. You can also visit their websites (if they have one). The costs may vary greatly, so take your time. Visit the shop too. Take a look around. Check the hardware components. Are they up to date? Ask how much it will cost for the shop people to install the hardware. This won’t be an issue if you will be installing it yourself.
Keep the contact info for the cheap computer parts store. Buy from the shop regularly if service is good. By becoming a loyal costumer, you may be entitled to discounts and freebies. You may also get repair cost discounts.
Using Secondhand Hardware
Some shops sell secondhand or used computer hardware. They will be much cheaper but be wary. A used hard disk may crash anytime, destroying all the data in it. You have less to lose if you buy used monitors, mouse or CD/DVD drives.
Cheap computer components are also available in online auction sites. However, you cannot expect them to last as long as a new product. Check the product details to see how much it will cost. Also remember that you will have to pay for shipping when buying online.
Use Old Computer Components
Check your old computer. It may have the component you need. This is certainly the cheapest option. Suppose your video card has broken down. Just take the one from that old PC and put it in the computer you are using now. The same thing can be done with other components.
Where to Find Cheap Jump Drives
If you need a USB flash / jump drive, go to an online auction site. Bookmark at least three auction sites. Compare the prices of the jump drives in the sites. Before you make a bid, read the product description carefully. Inquire with the seller if you have any questions not covered in the product description. Pawn shops are another option.
Tips and Warnings
Always back up your files. You will never know when that computer will break down. Jump drives are available in different sizes. Pick the largest one you can afford. This will allow you to use the device for many years. Never assume you will only need this/that size; always go for the biggest you can get your hands on.
You have many options if you want to buy cheap computer parts. The key is to be resourceful.