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
Chinese manufacturing has been slow or stalled recently leading to a lot of issues with finding parts in stock currently. Could affect pricing short term on many goods.
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
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 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.
Graphic Cards – GPUs
New GPU lines are still many months away, however stock issues are affecting part availability.
Mainboards – Mobos
B550 boards are coming soon. They will replace B450. New Mainboards are still many months away, however stock issues are affecting part availability.
Memory – RAM
Memory is at a new low in price after the price fixing litigation. Prices could rise from Chinese manufacturing shortages from recent events.