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Where to buy pc stuff these days?

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Where to buy pc stuff these days?

Hey guys. I used to buy my pc parts from ncix but learned that they closed a while back(with a bunch of craziness apparently) and I don't know where to buy stuff from now. Typically I buy stuff every 5-7 years at most, so I'm out of the loop. Is tiger direct still good? Or does everyone go to newegg now? Thank you

Edit: just tried both tiger and newegg, newegg is a disaster in terms of speed and sorting out shipping fees/a lot of items aren't even sold by them. Tiger on the other hand is very fast, but sparse on information unless you click through to an items page, and there's no option on mobile to sort by price, only price ranges, we're in wtf.
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Didn't Tiger Direct go bankrupt too? This was before NCIX I thought.

That said, I used Amazon and Memory Express for my last build. But it was a NUC so I only really needed the NUC, RAM, and a couple SSDs.
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I think Tiger Direct still has an online presence, they just closed all their bricks and mortar stores.

Canada Computers is an option of you need something right away.
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My last build was probably 75% newegg and 25% canada computers.
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I really miss ncix :/ friggin hell, okay, I'll check out memory express and Canada computers then. I guess the good thing about memory express is that there's a physical building on my city. Thanks guys.
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95% of what I buy now that NCIX closed shop is from Amazon. They have fast shipping, reasonable prices and good customer service. Newegg has shitty customer service and canada computers is even worse.
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x3fann wrote: I guess the good thing about memory express is that there's a physical building on my city.
If you've got a local Memory Express, then to me that's the easy answer. No shipping costs. Easy returns. They'll also price match the on-line competition, beat them by 10% and won't consider the shipping price with their comparison. I've also personally had some pretty fantastic service from them, so they've earned me as a long term customer, but as always, YMMV on service.
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amazon, newegg, memoryexpress, ebay newegg store for people out west, canada computer if available locally as their shipping tends to kill the deal.
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blackstaffer wrote: 95% of what I buy now that NCIX closed shop is from Amazon. They have fast shipping, reasonable prices and good customer service. Newegg has shitty customer service and canada computers is even worse.
Yeah I like Amazon too. Canada Computers customer service is not good but the online store itself seems to be very competent in getting orders processed and delivered quickly. I'd have no hesitation ordering online from Canada Computers or Amazon.

As for Tiger Direct, it seems as though much of their stock is shipped from the US so delivery times can be lengthy, especially compared to Amazon. Newegg shipping prices are a complete turn off for me, no reason for the huge discrepancies in shipping costs.
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Mix & match as everyone else mentioned. Newegg.ca, Mike's Computer Shop, Canada Computers, Memory Express, seldom Amazon.
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Yeah I went to memory express, pretty good stuff and service. Thanks guys!
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ddot98 wrote: If you've got a local Memory Express, then to me that's the easy answer.
Everything else you said is valid, but I hate local Memex solely because of parking.
First it was Richmond which is a disaster for a thousand other reasons, but Burnaby is even worse.
Victoria isn't bad, but that's a bit far from Vancouver. Langley is also far.

Sometimes I'd rather just pay the $9 shipping charge than attempt to visit in person...
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ME doing a slow creep into GTA, opening a store in Hamilton soon. I hope they avoid the mistakes NCIX made. heh like many many mistakes.
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newegg/ebay newegg and mikes

problem with mikes is their shipping is shit (the actual shipping method) and then most of the time if you buy from newegg you get free or close to free shipping

good thing about mike is they honor price matching + 10%
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Build 2 computers last year. Most of parts came from amazon.ca as they were just cheaper. Couple of items I could not find, so ordered from Newegg.ca (ebay). I would prefer buying locally (CanadaComputers close by), but they were either way more expensive or didn't have what I needed. I kinda miss NCIX.
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+1 for Memory Express. Decide what parts you want, find the best price anywhere else, and they'll beat it. It's even worthwhile to have them assemble it for you, since they don't charge too much and they take responsibility for any parts that don't work without you having to argue that it wasn't you that broke it.

For price comparison, try Canada Computers.
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sexyj wrote: newegg/ebay newegg and mikes

problem with mikes is their shipping is shit (the actual shipping method) and then most of the time if you buy from newegg you get free or close to free shipping

good thing about mike is they honor price matching + 10%
What happened with them, did something change? In Jan of 2018, I ordered from them an i7-8700 (non-K), Ontario wasn't in stock so they shipped from B/C via Purolator and I had to sign for my CPU, only took 4-5 days if I remember correctly. Had no issues with parcel being damaged or etc. But like I said it came from BC, because Ontario had 0 stock. It's been a year and a half now, has something changed?
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Newegg. Those idiots still don't charge PST for orders shipping to Quebec. 🤣
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mostly because they're a drop shipper, if you order multiple items from different "warehouse". The items will ship with different courier.

So unless you are always at home and able to wait for packages, mikes sucks for that.

For example, I ordered 2 items last week. 1st thing arrived 2 days ago. Now the second item is supposed to arrive tmr with a courier i never dealt with before, so I don't know the approximate time they are coming. I now have to wait for the whole day if they come before "the end of the day" tomorrow.
heyyahblah wrote: What happened with them, did something change? In Jan of 2018, I ordered from them an i7-8700 (non-K), Ontario wasn't in stock so they shipped from B/C via Purolator and I had to sign for my CPU, only took 4-5 days if I remember correctly. Had no issues with parcel being damaged or etc. But like I said it came from BC, because Ontario had 0 stock. It's been a year and a half now, has something changed?
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