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.
Coronavirus COVID-19 – Effects on the Market
PART STOCK ISSUES AND DELAYS
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING DELAYS
DOMESTIC SHIPPING DELAYS AND HOLDS
Currently most parts are still in stock or getting restocked, but some shipments are being delayed such as CableMod sleeves and Yeston Cute Pet Cases (imports).
Deliveries from shipping carriers from Blue Gem to customers are experiencing sporadic delays
Overall New System Buys – Brand new systems
Overall still a good time to buy a new system since next generation parts are still several months away, however stock issues are affecting part availability so prices may be higher and delays may occur.
Processors – CPUs
No new notable processor line up releases are expected until Fall 2020. The new Ryzen 3 3300X is an excellent gaming CPU.
Graphic Cards – GPUs
New GPU lines are not expected until Fall 2020. The next GPU generation will be a much needed leap in performance though.
Mainboards – Mobos
B550 boards just launched, allowing cheaper options down from X570 boards, however stock issues are affecting part availability.
Memory – RAM
Memory prices are stable.
New PCI-E 4.0 drives.