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Newegg will now build you a gaming PC with your own choice of parts for $99

There are plenty of guides out there on how to build a PC, but if you'd rather someone else handle the assembly for you, the decision becomes which prebuilt outfit to go with. That has traditionally meant the likes of Dell or Maingear, or any number of others (Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, and the list goes on). But now you can have Newegg put your system together itself, for a modest fee, with custom parts selected from its vast catalog.

This is a major expansion to Newegg's 'PC Builder' tool that launched in beta last year. The tool is designed to guide DIY builders through the component selection process, by presenting compatible parts along the way. For example, if you choose an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X for the processor, the motherboard section will only display SKUs you can actually use it with, making it impossible to inadvertently select an incompatible part (like, say, an Intel Z590 motherboard).

That's not only a boon for new and inexperienced builders, it can also help seasoned DIY vets to cut through the clutter a little easier than navigating Newegg's menus the old fashioned way. And you can still narrow down the selections based on brand, price, features, and other sorting toggles.

It costs a flat $99 to have Newegg build your PC, big or small. That means the value proposition will vary, depending on the overall cost of your system and the complexity of the build.

The pricing seems fair to me, provided Newegg does a good job with the build. And aside from pricing, a potential key advantage is having access to a wide range of parts in every category.

"Our purpose-built PC assembly line is staffed with skilled technicians," said Vishal Mane, director of engineering at Newegg. "With a massive component inventory on hand and a team of skilled builders standing by, Newegg is simply the best option for customers who refuse to compromise on quality and who want their expertly built computers delivered more quickly than any other BTO [build-to-order] service."

There is a caveat, however. Turning on the new 'Need Assembly Service' toggle when utilizing the PC Builder tool cuts down the list of parts to only 'qualified items' that are available in Newegg's California warehouse.

Other than availability (which means it will still be difficult to nail down a cutting edge graphics card), it's not clear how Newegg determines if a part qualifies for its professional build service. That said, there are still a lot of parts to choose from—when I selected a 5800X for the CPU, the motherboard section listed 73 compatible parts across multiple chipsets. If turning the assembly toggle off, that number jumps to 121 motherboard options.

Newegg is also promising a quick turnaround—it takes "about a week" for a custom configured PC to be built and shipped. It will be interesting to see if that changes, if this option becomes popular, or if Newegg will hire more builders as necessary.

What's available now is described as an "initial beta phase." The custom build service will expand over time, based on "valuable insight and suggestions" Newegg receives, with an eventual second phase adding options like laser engraving and other unspecified perks.

Color me intrigued. I also have some questions, which I've presented to Newegg and am awaiting a response. Chief among them is how the warranty works. For example, if a PC arrives and does not boot up, will Newegg fit the return shipping build, provided tech support is not able to resolve the issue? And let's say a component fails a few months later, like the motherboard. Will Newegg replace it, or does the user have to through the RMA process with the motherboard maker, and swap it out themselves?

My hunch is the latter, with this being akin to buying parts and then paying a friend or a local computer repair shop to piece it all together. In such a scenario, you're typically paying for just the build labor, and not extended service or support. But that's a question for Newegg to answer, and I'll update this article when I hear back.

[Update: Newegg referred me to its PC Builder Assembly Service FAQ. In short, tech support will to resolve any issues, and in the "highly unlikely scenario" a PC arrives with a component missing, Newegg will work with you to "find a solution." If a component fails down the line, you'll need to contact the manufacturer.]

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In brief: Newegg has rolled out a new option as part of its PC Builder configuration platform in which the company’s in-house team will assemble your newly purchased hardware into a finished desktop before shipping it your way.

For an additional $99.99, Newegg’s ENIAC Assembly Service will build your rig and submit it to “quality control methods and rigorous testing onsite.” Processing time is seven to 10 business days, and every build is covered under Newegg’s standard return policy.

While most PC enthusiasts shopping at Newegg likely prefer to build their own rigs, the retailer has identified a subset of customers that don’t fall into this category for various reasons. Perhaps someone is just now getting into computers and doesn’t have the experience needed to assemble their own rig, or maybe a company is configuring a fleet of systems and doesn’t have the time or resources to assemble everything.

The ENIAC team can turn out more than 1,000 builds per day, so there shouldn’t be any significant delays in processing time, assuming everything you purchase is currently in stock.

One potentially questionable practice involves what Newegg calls a “hot item,” or in-demand item. According to Newegg’s FAQ, these items can only be purchased with the PC Builder Assembly Service, potentially locking them behind a “paywall” or sorts. Here’s Newegg’s full explanation of hot items:

Products considered in-demand or a “hot item” product with limited supply can only be purchased with PC Builder Assembly Service or you cannot go through the checkout process. Hot items will not be the same throughout the day, this depends on the market.

To qualify for assembly service with your hot item, just add the following components to your build: CPU, Motherboard, Memory, Video Card, Case, Power Supply.

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Newegg launches new $99 PC building service to combat scalpers and component shortages

PC gaming seems to be all the rage these days. But, there’s this…stigma…around buying a pre-built PC. As you’ll see in our upcoming review, pre-built desktops can actually be pretty great, especially in this market. But, if you’re determined to get a custom-built PC and don’t know where to start or how to assemble one, Newegg has you covered. The company recently launched a professional build service that’s just $99 on top of parts, and honestly, it’s probably the best way to get your hands on next-generation GPUs right now. Keep reading to find out more and see why you’re able to get RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series graphics cards through Newegg’s new PC building service.

We all know how hard getting a new GPU has been. In fact, unless you were willing to pay over 100% more than the MSRP of a card, it was nearly impossible to get one for quite some time. While prices are starting to come down, it’s still not easy to find an MSRP card. Newegg is here to help with that, however.

The company has offered its PC Builder tool for quite some time, functioning somewhat similar to PCPartPicker in assisting you with the selection of components for your next system. However, with the recent launch of its $99 PC assembly service, Newegg has a bit more control over things. Before, you could pick out just a GPU through the service as it wasn’t any different than shopping on the company’s normal website. But, with the new professional PC assembly service, there are a few restrictions but greater benefits. For one, all components have to be available in the California warehouse of Newegg. But, most importantly, you have to select every component required for a build, including CPU, RAM, motherboard, GPU, case, power supply, cooler, storage, and an operating system.

This service is offered for $99, where Newegg’s professional team will assemble the desktop then ship it out. Since you have to pick out every part and then even pay Newegg to assemble it, the online retailer is now offering stock of GPUs exclusive to the service, as long as you pay for the full kit-and-kaboodle. While this might be annoying if you were just wanting to upgrade your existing system, those in the market for a full desktop will find it quite nice, as they can get the latest and greatest without having to fight scalpers. In fact, we put together a build here that features the Ryzen 5 5600X, 16GB of RGB RAM, and the ZOTAC RTX 3070 AMP. All-in, including the building cost, is just over $2,000. It’ll be hard to beat this system for that price, especially since it also includes a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD in the price, as well as professional assembly.

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For $99, you don’t have to troubleshoot a PC build, and that’s worth it, trust me

Now, let’s take a look at what Newegg charges for assembly here. $99. That’s not bad, and this is coming from someone who used to do PC assembly for a living. If you didn’t know, before 9to5, I worked as a local PC repair technician who also specialized in building custom PCs for clients. Everything from $600 entry-level machines to $15,000 dual GPU custom water-cooled systems I had my hands in. For our shop, we charged a minimum of $300 for assembly and OS install, so Newegg is only adding 1/3 of that to your total. Plus, Newegg, being a parts supplier, has easier access to components than I ever did.

Not only will Newegg assemble your new system for the $99 fee, but they’ll also troubleshoot it so that when it arrives, you can just plug it in and start gaming. According to the FAQ, it takes around seven to 10 business days for the build to be completed, and when it’s done, each and every PC goes through Newegg’s “quality control methods and rigorous testing onsite.”

If you’ve never built a PC before, it can be a bit intimidating. I’m not gonna lie — the first time I assembled a fully custom PC, my friend and I spent the better part of four hours figuring why it wouldn’t turn on…only to realize that we didn’t plug in the CPU’s EPS power connector. Not sure what an EPS connector is? I didn’t know either almost 10 years ago, but now, I’m a veteran builder. But, that only came through much frustration and troubleshooting. Newegg is willing to do all of that for you so that way when the desktop arrives, you can just plug it in and go.

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Is it worth it to give Newegg $99 to build a PC instead of buy a pre-built?

Well, only you can answer that question. Pre-built computers can be quite limiting, but also somewhat freeing. How? Well, they’re limiting in that you generally don’t get to pick the internal components. The builder selects those items, and you get the same cookie-cutter desktop that everyone else who bought that model got. It’s nice because they’re easy to get, readily available, and major manufacturers have easier access to the supply chain than we do. But, it’s not unique.

Newegg’s PC building service is just a $99 fee on top of, generally, MSRP components, and you get to pick everything. That’s right, everything. You’ll get to choose what case the computer is built inside, be that fully tempered glass or only a touch. What cooler? That’s up to you as well. Want RGB RAM? Simple, just add it to your cart. The list goes on. If you want the customization that comes with hand-built PCs but not the hassle that comes with it, Newegg’s $99 fee is quite reasonable and well worth it.

9to5Toys’ take

While I’d rather people be able to buy a GPU standalone, that just isn’t feasible these days. Newegg’s service allows you to upgrade to the latest and greatest gaming gear with ease, honestly. I’m quite impressed by the price they offer it at, as well, since $99 seems like a small price to pay to not have to worry about anything. If you’re in the market for a new gaming desktop, I’d recommend you heavily consider Newegg’s PC building service.

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Newegg says it will build your custom PC for $99, but don't fall for it

Newegg recently rolled out its convenient Custom PC Builder service, which will employ company techs to pre-assemble your chosen computer components into your new rig for an extra $99. It’s a potentially useful add-on for the less tech-savvy among us, along with anyone facing mobility issues, but new reports suggest the convenience might hide some ingenious upselling tactics.

A closer read of Newegg’s Custom PC Builder fine print includes caveats surrounding the company’s designated “hot item” products, which fluctuate throughout any given day depending on the market and are apparently only available through the new service. “A ‘hot item’ product with limited supply can only be purchased with PC Builder Assembly Service,” reads the ENAIC information page. “To qualify for assembly service with your hot item, just add the following components to your build: CPU, Motherboard, Memory, Video Card, Case, Power Supply.”

As Tom’s Hardware notes, Newegg doesn’t explicitly specify just what will fall under its “hot item” designation, but given hardware shortages for components like next-gen graphics cards and what is consistently offered via the company’s Shuffle lottery system, it’s probably safe to say that the only way to get top-tier rig equipment will be through the company’s new service. Buyer beware.

Capitalizing on graphics card scarcity — PerhapsNewegg is aiming to make the most out of the current, widespread graphics card market drought. With Nvidia execs admitting GPU stocks won’t approach normal until at least next year and scalpers’ prices skyrocketing, Newegg is in a prime position to move what stock it has by essentially tacking on a surcharge in the form of its new $99 Custom PC Builder service fee... while also requiring customers to buy all the other parts in the process.

At face value, Newegg’s latest program could be a convenient timesaver for many PC users, but unless you’re truly jonesing for a new rig or assistance building one yourself, it’s probably best to simply practice patience. That, or finally buckle under the pressure and plop down the cash on a console. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your PC diehard friends about your fall from grace.


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PC Builder Assembly Service

With ENIAC Assembly Service, you’re leaving your build in the hands of experts.

Whether you are thinking about your first computer, dream setup, or configuring a fleet of computers to meet your business needs, we got you covered.

How can I check the status of my order?

The expected processing time is 7-10 business days. You can check your order status by either logging into your My Account page for the Order History on our site, or click here to contact our Customer Service team.

You will be emailed status updates as your order is processed so please allow ample time for us to build and test your computer before checking your status.

Some of my items were shipped separately?

Accessory components that you select within the PC Builder will be shipped out separately and not with your complete build.

What is hot item?

Products considered in-demand or a “hot item” product with limited supply can only be purchased with PC Builder Assembly Service or you cannot go through the checkout process. Hot items will not be the same throughout the day, this depends on the market.

To qualify for assembly service with your hot item, just add the following components to your build: CPU, Motherboard, Motherboard, Memory, Video Cards, Case, Power Supply, Storage, CPU Cooler, and an Operating System.

My Monitors won’t turn on?

Verify that your display is plugged into the video card, not the motherboard, and only use one display cable per monitor. Make sure to restart the system if the cable was re-plugged in.

Return Policy?

ENIAC assembled PCs are covered under Newegg’s standard return policy and can be returned for a refund or replacement. You must request a return within 30 days of the invoice date.  Additional information can be found here.

What about replacement parts and repair?

Each part used with your assembled PC is covered under its own manufacture warranty. If a component stops working, please contact our customer service team for troubleshooting. Our team will determine the best solution to get your PC repaired. Please contact our customer service team to help solve any issues you might be experiencing. They can be reached at (855) 882-3622.

Newegg/ENIAC may restrict warranty service for any PC or product to the country where Newegg/ENIAC sold the product.

What if my PC is missing a component?

This is a highly unlikely scenario because every PC Built goes through our Quality Control methods and rigorous testing onsite. Please contact our Customer Service Team with your issue and we will find a solution.

What are your Customer Service Hours?

Please contact us at (855) 882-3622 Monday – Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST  for support or general questions.

Having issues checking out with assembly service?

If your unable to checkout with assembly service, click the following PC Builder link to start a new build. With the “Need Assembly Service? “ filter switched to on, all items eligible for the PC builder assembly service will display

Updated on September 21, 2021

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