Something that’s part of the fun of assembling and/or upgrading your own desktop or laptop PC is the allure of the money you’ll be saving versus outright purchasing a pre-built machine. You can further extend saving MORE money by focusing on buying refurbished parts, but that’s territory where you’ll want to pay more attention and tread more lightly. This is because while some refurbished PC parts are of good quality and can be bought for less, others parts may not be. Thankfully, for additional insight, Michael Crider of How-To-Geek put together a great guide on the best and least recommended PC parts to buy refurbished, based on the type/component of parts that you’re looking for (i.e., hard drives, power supplies, motherboards, etc.).
In the article, Crider first explains what the different definitions of ‘refurbished’ are and what they COULD mean (since there’s no concrete or official definition in this case). He then recommends how you can protect yourself (and your wallet) on determining how ‘refurbished’ is used and described by the seller of a PC part you have your eyes on, as well a warranties on said products. Based on Crider’s research, the best type of PC part to get refurbished is the case/enclosure — i.e., the housing where 80 percent of the other part you’re buying will be installed inside of — followed by solid states drives (mostly due to the lack of moving parts), monitors, keyboards/mice, optical drives and speakers/headsets. Other parts like motherboards, CPUs, graphics cards are a case-by-case situation (it’s best to purchase from and look for a warranty from the manufacturer directly selling the device, NOT the 3rd-party retailer or reseller). The parts that are best recommended to buy brand new are power supplies and hard disk drives; trust me, you really NEVER want to risk going the refurbished route with either of those parts.