Newegg’s new PC building services may hold the rare component inventory behind the pre-assembled paywall
Newegg’s new ENIAC PC assembly service allows you to source parts from Newegg’s entire inventory to purchase custom pre-assembled versions, but it may also mean that the company will retain any rare components that have not been purchased through ENIAC. Although named after the first programmable electronic computer, this is definitely not the first customized PC service we have seen. But it may be the most powerful because it has a wider range of options than Maingear or iBuyPower, and it is easier to access than Microcenter’s store pickup service.However, it is not clear how it will be used with rare components such as Best graphics card, It may even interfere with purchasing these components separately.
ENIAC is the natural follow-up to Newegg Computer generator Service where Global launch In August of last year. PC Builder works like Part picker Because it allows you to build a list of compatible components for a hypothetical PC. Therefore, ENIAC’s goal is to enable you to turn hypothetical constructions into reality without having to assemble all the components yourself. According to ENIAC Q&A page On Newegg’s website, orders that you pay Newegg for pre-assembly will be shipped within “7-10 working days.”
We are here techy’s hardware It is generally agreed that when making a custom PC, actually assembling it yourself is part of the fun, but we do recognize how useful such a service is, whether it is for newcomers to custom PCs, people with mobility issues, or those who are new to custom PCs. Time to assemble and build by yourself.
But there is a problem with this convenience. That’s because ENIAC may set a precedent that it will not be able to purchase rare components from Newegg alone, and it will no longer be possible to purchase a version you intend to assemble yourself. Newegg’s ENIAC press release stated that “the custom game version consists of the latest computer components, such as Intel and AMD processors and RTX graphics cards”, while the press release did not discuss how to provide specific details on such hard-to-find parts. For ENIAC works, The language in the ENIAC Q&A we linked earlier can have some disturbing (if not clear) effects.
As of now, Newegg Shuffle is the only way to get rare components, such as RTX 3000 series graphics card From Newegg, and Win Newegg Shuffle The lottery is very low. However, the ENIAC Q&A page stated that certain components will now be marked as “hot items” and will set purchase options/restrictions on them so that you can purchase them outside of shuffle, but only if you pre-order them as ENIAC Part of the purchase. -Assembly and construction. “The limited supply of’hot products’ products can only be purchased through the PC Builder assembly service,” it explained.
Nonetheless, it also stated that “the hot items of the day will not be the same.” Therefore, while it seems possible that you may eventually be able to purchase rare parts from Newegg through ENIAC without having to win Shuffle, on the contrary, ENIAC may also be one of Newegg Shuffle. The only way to get these parts from Newegg is going forward. On the bright side, what is considered a “hot item” may change frequently.
Nevertheless, if “limited supply” is enough to make a product a “hot item”, then some rare components may not disappear from the “hot item” list within weeks or even months. This is unfortunate, as explained on the Q&A page, customers will not be able to complete the checkout process on “hot items” without adding many other components to their order and choosing to pre-assemble them. “To get assembly services for popular products, just add the following components to your build: CPU, motherboard, memory, graphics card, chassis, power supply.”
To be fair, this is not much different from Newegg’s current strategy, as you currently cannot buy rare parts on your own from the website. You either need to win Newegg Shuffle, which usually packs these parts into bundles full of unnecessary extra equipment, or you need to stumble upon a pre-made component with the required components before it is sold out. In this way, being able to obtain these components through ENIAC at least gives you more choices in which parts to bundle the components into.
It’s not that we should be satisfied with unnecessary bundling from the beginning.
However, even if you can purchase additional components to get “hot items”, it also means that you have to pay extra for assembly, and you need to buy a brand new PC for each “hot item” you order, unless you go Another store might be lucky in Newegg Shuffle. You will also not be able to build a PC yourself, as we said, this is part of the fun for many enthusiasts.
However, it makes sense why Newegg must take these steps, because small custom competitors like Maingear do use rare components such as RTX cards to make computers. However, the difference is that Maingear did not build these computers by removing the single RTX card purchase option from its store. If Newegg can provide inventory of rare components for ENIAC purchases, it means that it has inventory and it will not be sold through other means.
There may be compromises in the future, because Newegg may eventually allow customers to purchase the full version with “hot items”, excluding pre-assembly. However, so far, if you want to buy rare components from this site, it seems you need to let Newegg build your PC for you.
However, if you really want to use the service, Newegg has not told us how much the use of ENIAC assembly will increase your build price. ENIAC’s pricing may vary from build to build.
In contrast, Microcenter’s PC build service has 5 fixed fee build tiers, and the price depends on your cooling settings. These range from US$149 to US$799. But again, getting a custom build from Microcenter means you need to be able to travel to nearby locations to get it.only 25 locations In the entire United States, this is impossible for everyone.
Newegg also has the advantage of being able to source parts in its entire inventory, which should greatly increase options…choices beyond the “hot item” question. Even with Microcenter’s large stock options, it may not be able to compete with Newegg. This is a bigger problem for small custom competitors like iBuyPower. Let us hope that Newegg’s “hot items” approach will not encourage similar behavior by other companies.
According to Newegg’s press release, the ENIAC function is currently only in beta, so it may change soon. Obviously, the future stage will include “more benefits and options, such as laser engraving”, but I think a larger repair may be needed first.