1. Introduction
  2. The Computer

    Parts

  3. The Case
  4. Inside the Case
  5. The Motherboard
  6. The Microprocessor
  7. The Memory
  8. The Hard Drive
  9. The CD-ROM
  10. Other Storage
  11. The Monitor
  12. Keyboard and Mouse

    Purchasing

  13. Buying Parts and OEM, where to get manuals
  14. Shopping Smart
  15. Manufacturers
  16. Websites for Shopping

Useful Computer Shopping Websites

Search Engines

Product Reviews

  • zdnet.com - An online magazine which incorporates several magazines such as PC Magazine. this website has had several excellent reviews on monitors and other products.
  • tomshardware.com - This site compares product performance especially in the areas of motherboards and microprocessors.
  • hardwarecentral.com - This site compares product performance especially in the areas of motherboards and microprocessors. There are many good hardware tutorials and articles on this website.

Low Price Search

Reports on Vendors

Vendors I have Purchased from

  • PCnation.com - The absolute lowest priced vendor for any monitor. I have never found a monitor at a lower price than PC Nation. If you find a monitor at a lower price with some other vendor, I want to know about it! Please post a message to this website! If you find a lower price at another website than PC Nation, I'll give you a full refund of every penny you paid for this Computer Hardware Guide! I have found PC Nation carrying prices even below prices reported on some low price search engines. This is not an add for PC Nation, but I have purchased from them several times and have always been treated fairly. Their shipping is reasonable also.
  • Bunta.com - A reliable dealer with good selection and excellent pricing and shipping.
  • Allstarshop.com - A reliable computer dealer with excellent selection and prices. Their shipping is a little high, but prices on network equipment is very low.
  • Allstarcomponents.com SMK Internet Components - A reliable computer dealer with the lowest prices on quality microprocessors. Their memory prices are good. They do not sell the low end microprocessors. Their shipping is reasonable.