There are a lot of guides on how to build a PC, but if you prefer someone else to take care of the assembly for you, you decide which prefabricated suit to go with. Traditionally, this meant Dell, Maingear or any other (Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower and the list goes on). But now you can get Newegg to assemble your system for a modest price, with custom pieces selected from its extensive catalog.
This is a major expansion of Newegg's "PC Builder" tool, which was released in beta last year. The tool is designed to guide DIY builders through the component selection process by presenting compatible parts along the way. For example, if you choose an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X for the processor, only the SKUs with which you can use them will be displayed in the motherboard section, making it impossible to inadvertently select an incompatible part (such as a motherboard). Intel Z590 base).
Not only is this an advantage for new and inexperienced builders, but it can also help experienced DIY vets cut fear a little easier than navigating Newegg’s old-fashioned menus. And you can still restrict your selections based on brand, price, features, and other sorting options.
It costs $ 99 plans for Newegg to build your PC, big or small. This means that the value proposition will vary depending on the overall cost of your system and the complexity of the construction.
The price seems fair to me, as long as Newegg does a good job with the version. And aside from the prices, a potential key advantage is having access to a wide range of parts in all categories.
“Our specifically designed PC assembly line features skilled technicians,” said Vishal Mane, Newegg’s director of engineering. "With a massive inventory of components on hand and a team of skilled builders on hand, Newegg is simply the best choice for customers who refuse to commit to quality and who want their equipment built by experts. they are delivered faster than any other BTO (build-to-service) ".
There is a caveat, though. Activation of the new "Need Assembly Service" switch when using the file PC Builder Tool reduces the list of parts only to "qualified items" that are available at Newegg's California warehouse.
Aside from availability (meaning it will still be difficult to nail a cutting-edge graphics card), it’s unclear how Newegg determines whether a piece meets the requirements of its professional construction service. That said, there are still many parts to choose from: when I selected a 5800X for the CPU, the motherboard section showed 73 compatible parts on several chipsets. If you disable mounting, this number will jump to the 121 motherboard options.
Newegg also promises a quick change: it will take “about a week” to build and ship a custom-configured PC. It will be interesting to see if this changes, if this option becomes popular or if Newegg will hire more builders as needed.
What is available is now described as an "initial beta phase." The custom construction service will expand over time, based on "valuable knowledge and suggestions" that Newegg receives, with an eventual second phase that adds options such as laser engraving and other unspecified benefits.
Paint me intrigued. I also have some questions I have presented to Newegg and I am waiting for an answer. The main thing is the operation of the warranty. For example, if a PC arrives and doesn't boot, will Newegg adapt to the return shipping version, as long as technical support can't resolve the issue? And suppose a component fails a few months later, like the motherboard. Will Newegg replace it or does the user have to do the RMA process with the motherboard manufacturer and change it himself?
My hunch is that it looks like buying parts, and then paying a friend or a local computer repair shop to put it together. In this case, you usually pay only for construction labor and not extended service or assistance. But this is a question Newegg needs to answer and I will update this article when I find out again.
(Update: Newegg referred me to his Frequently asked questions about PC Builder assembly service. In short, technical support wants to solve any problem, and in the "very unlikely scenario" that a PC with a missing component arrives, Newegg will work with you to "find a solution." If a component fails on the line, you should contact the manufacturer.)