When the graphics cards are available for purchase, stock for them disappears. The same goes for the Ryzen 5000. Most people who tried to score one of the recently launched components have been unsuccessful, so they have to wait for another component or use an older one.
If you want a whole new PC, there is another option. Prebuilt desktop computers can be used as a compromise solution, as they ship much sooner than supply will improve, and you can pay less for parts.
The cost of marketing and labor is folded into the cost of a prebuilt PC. It is reasonable between $150-$300. The price comparisons nzxt kraken are current as of December 2, 2020.
There are notes on what to expect from each shop on the list. These vendors mostly use off-the-shelf parts and allow you to personalize the configurations, but we have also included those that allow some flexibility. You will need to pay close attention to your configuration to get the most.
The best prebuilt PCs for the hardware.
Some of these stores still offer Cyber Week deals, which include free shipping and/or accessories like headsets.
- It’s the best for: RTX 3060 Ti.
Avoid: Radeon 6000; RTX 3060 Ti; Ryzen 5000.
iBuyPower has the freedom of choice, it doesn’t skimp on it. You can choose from a full range of processors and graphics cards from Intel,AMD, and Nvidia, along with a very healthy selection of other components. It is easy to research performance now and upgrade items in the future with the off-the-shelf parts used by this system integrator. The sample system we configured cost $350 more than a comparable build.
The shipping date is late December for systems using all in-stock parts. Any PCs with components marked as pre-order will ship.
- It’s the best for: RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070.
Avoid: RTX 3080, RTX 3090, and Ryzen 5000.
CyberPowerPC is the main competitor of iBuyPower. It also has a wide selection of off-the-shelf components that can be used to modify a system. CyberPower provides one option its rival doesn’t: laser engraving. The sample system we mocked up is more expensive than a similar build.
CyberPowerPC was one of the prebuilt vendors we looked at. The estimated ship dates fall at the end of the month.
- Best for: RTX 3060 Ti
RTX 3060 Ti Avoid: Other RTX 30-series cards
The other 30 series cards are not available.
NZXT’s custom PC service is very simple. The only things you can choose from are its cases and cooler. The company’s pricing is transparent and includes a 2-year warranty and a guaranteed level of game performance.
You will spend about $165 more for a custom system that is configured with a 3060 Ti. The shipping date was December 16.
- Best for: RTX 3080, RTX 3090
RTX 3080, RTX 3090 Avoid: RTX 3070
RTX 3070 Unavailable: Radeon 6000; Ryzen 5000
Alienware will cost you. Our sample configuration of the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 with a 3700X and 3070 came in at a staggering $500 over a similar DIYer configuration. The difference in cost is close to their list prices, so you won’t pay a surplus outside of the luxury tax.
Our sample Alienware PC still slightly beat other vendors in price for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, and had consistent stock, which is key to this recommendation. January 11 was the delivery date.
- Best for: RTX 3070
RTX 3070 Unavailable: Everything else
If you live near a Micro Center, you can pick up one of the store’s Power Spec systems. The cost of a similar build for the RTX 3070 models is between $100 and $200 more than with a similar build with an Intel Core i7-9500K or a Ryzen 7 3700X.
The systems have to be available for pickup at your local store. If you live close to a Micro Center location, you can get your hands on a 3070 much quicker.
Other vendors we considered
Maingear, Origin PC, Falcon Northwest, and Digital Storm build beautiful custom computers but they don’t save any money over the prices of new hardware. If you want a gorgeous, luxurious PC that comes with incredible customer service, you should consider them.
A no- frills PC with a 5600X, B550M, and RTX 3070 was charged an $800 premium by Velocity Micro.
You pay handsomely for the expertise of Puget Systems. The sample system with the 5800X and RTX 3070 cost more than our build.
Micro Center requires parts to be in stock at your store. There are no listings for the 30 series, 6000 series or 5000 series.