I know it's a bad time to buy graphics cards but what about other components?
By - wt_anonymous
I think the best time to buy components is when the price is at MSRP or lower. With today's shortages, it will be hit or miss. Slightly above MSRP may be more justifiable than double the price (looking at you, scalpers).
Other components are more expensive than they were before this whole situation, but only slightly, and there are good prices still here and there. I think that the precise components that have very high prices, the exceptions, are the Intel Core i5-10400, i5-10400F, i5-11400, i5-11400F, as well as the Ryzen 3 3100, Ryzen 3 3300X, Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 3600X, these CPUs have very high prices, at times extremely high, if you can find them, many times you can't...
The other components are mostly really cheap now. RAM and SSD are super cheap now compared to recent times: today on Newegg there is $45 16gb 3200 DDR4 RAM, and $75 1TB NVME SSD.
Look at local listing for motherboards, at least around me there are always a few cheap new sones on Offerup from people who bought them as Newegg bundles. Otherwise, you can find discounts on them online. Newegg is bundling these items with GPU for a reason-- there is a surplus of them.
Cases are power supplies can be found inexpensively both from retailers and on local listings.
CPU is one that is kind of iffy... the supply is overall pretty good, but the less expensive ones tend to be out of stock. Don't see much in the $140-$200 6 core range that used to be occupied by the Ryzen 3600. There are plenty of 5600g/5600x/11600k and up SKUs, though.