This page will have a glance-able summary of the current PC part market and whether it is Ideal, Okay, or Bad to buy certain parts now.
Good time to buy a new part
Okay to buy now. Good value or top tier options exist. Better to wait a little bit for some known upcoming releases
It is not a good time to buy. We’re on the verge of a new release or are overdue for a new release or prices are not good
Overall New System Buys – Brand new systems
Overall a good time to buy a new system, unless you’re into high end workstations or high end extreme/enthusiast platforms.
Processors – CPUs
AMD just released new Ryzen 3000 CPUs. They’re around the best you can get at the moment. Intel is rumored to drop CPU prices and/or release a new 10000 series CPU lineup with much better prices. AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-Core 32-Thread CPU releases relatively soon in October/November, 2019. Threadripper 3000 is rumored to launch later this year with great improvements. However it’s fine to buy a new processor now. But those who want the absolute best will want to wait.
Graphic Cards – GPUs
AMD Radeon RX 5000 series released and 3rd party coolers are already out. NVIDIA has released their SUPER cards. Possible AMD may release new higher end GPUs in 2019
Motherboards – Mobos
New AMD X570 motherboards are here. They have BIOS fixes applied to them for Ryzen 3000.
Memory – RAM
Memory is at a new low in price after the price fixing litigation. Now is a good time to buy memory before prices possibly go up from either Chinese trade negotiations or DDR5 arrives (estimated 2021).