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Despite being somewhat impatient myself when it comes to upgrading, I'd say buying it all at once is not only a better idea, it also makes one feel a lot better about it too (at least I do)
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There are some parts that are pretty safe to buy far in advance because certain standards are very slow to change.

Like if I saw a great deal on a PSU, CASE, or OS: I would probably snap it up and have no qualms about saving them for a while.

For most of the main components like motherboard, cpu, ram, ssd, gpu- they tend to depreciate in value rapidly. It's probably better to purchase them all at once immediately prior to building.
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Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post

There are some parts that are pretty safe to buy far in advance because certain standards are very slow to change.

Like if I saw a great deal on a PSU, CASE, or OS: I would probably snap it up and have no qualms about saving them for a while.

For most of the main components like motherboard, cpu, ram, ssd, gpu- they tend to depreciate in value rapidly. It's probably better to purchase them all at once immediately prior to building.

listen to this man! +rep
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And the hands down best 2 days to buy are black friday /cyber monday.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post

There are some parts that are pretty safe to buy far in advance because certain standards are very slow to change.

Like if I saw a great deal on a PSU, CASE, or OS: I would probably snap it up and have no qualms about saving them for a while.

For most of the main components like motherboard, cpu, ram, ssd, gpu- they tend to depreciate in value rapidly. It's probably better to purchase them all at once immediately prior to building.

I would avoid buying a PSU too far in advance since those can die and take everything else with it. That's just me, of course. If you have something that can test it, then buying components on sale in advance isn't too bad an idea since RAM prices are terrible, for instance, HDDs and SSDs aren't getting too much cheaper anytime soon (would be happy to eat those words though) either, and some PCIe cards just don't change in price, like WiFi and RAID cards. But cases are metal boxes. You know it needs to be RMAed when you open the box. That's fine. OS (ya mean Windows 7?) licenses are usable even if the disc isn't and .iso copies of them exist possibly from Microsoft. It might just be the Privateers' Port, if you know what I mean. I see no need for Windows on a flash drive so it never concerned me.
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Prices tend to fall over time. So assuming the parts will be available in the future, better wait. Prices go down. Moore's law for one, but also because new stuff is being brought out.

Then there are always deals to be had. I got a "25% off" deal on a case, a PSU, a Quadro graphics. That one looked amazing at the time (a year ago). The case price is slightly lower today than when I got it, the PSU can be had for about 40 bucks less now, the Quadro is still, surprisingly, about 50 bucks more than I paid. I got 50% off on three GTX580 3GBs. I really wanted the 580s rather than the 6xx generation. Of course the 780s which were coming are better, and prompted the dealer's sale, but price for performance wise I still got a good deal. In fact the deal was a little too good, since they could only muster two cards. They took forever to deliver, though. Three months. I got a refund for the third, but would have preferred to have gotten all three. I wanted a particular motherboard which I thought might not be available in the future. It can be found, but for more than I paid, and there aren't many left. Waiting is worthwhile assuming all parts will be available, or if you are flexible. The water block for the motherboard was hard to find, too. I got lucky. However, my build isn't finished yet because I haven't been able to get hold of all the parts, and some deliveries have taken forever.
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