Buying a full gaming PC is pretty much the only way to get a graphics card without paying too much for the GPU alone, but even then you might find yourself waiting weeks or even months. , the arrival of a tailor-made system. This had also been the case at NZXT, however, the company says it has reverted to a quick 48 hour turnaround time on its personalized BLD service.
It’s been a few years since we officially reviewed an NZXT BLD system, but we were impressed at the time, in part because of the extremely short wait time. But like all other system builders, the shortage of graphics cards has affected NZXT’s ability to ship systems quickly. No more.
“Fortunately, things have stabilized and, with overnight shipping, that means you can now have your personalized PC in under a week,” NZXT said. “This makes NZXT the fastest SI [system integrator] and the only one that can offer a custom PC (with a 3000 series graphics card) to gamers within that time frame. “
I asked NZXT what allows this return to a 48 hour window. Was it some kind of voodoo magic? A ritual sacrifice to the PC gods? I also asked if this was a sign that the GPU shortage was diminishing, or if the company had managed to get their hands on a mountain of GPUs that were just waiting for a home forever.
NZXT has neither confirmed nor denied any voodoo magic, but it answered my other request. Well, sort of.
“Although demand for GPUs exceeds current supply as a whole, we have worked closely with our global partners to ensure supply whenever available. We have also increased our capacity and improved our build processes so that we can ship systems quickly to match our original delivery times. “said NZXT.
“We all hope that the supply of GPUs will continue to increase so that gamers can easily get one without the need to buy on the secondary market,” the company added.
That’s close to a standard answer, as it doesn’t explain enough how NZXT can suddenly have enough GPUs to meet demand. Perhaps this is a spillover effect of the Chinese crackdown on cryptocurrency mining. Moreover, Ethereum will soon switch to another type of system that could seriously dampen the demand for GPUs among crypto enthusiasts. We may already see the effects of this coming change.
Whatever the reason, it’s nice to see some sort of return to normal, at least in terms of uptime. I asked NZXT if they planned to be able to stick to their 48-hour window for good, or at least for a long time, and was told, “We see our 48-hour deadline holding up.”
As I discovered while digging through the BLD configurator, the caveat to having a custom version shipped so quickly is premium pricing on the GPUs available.
Here’s a look at an AMD version that costs around $ 1,900, with the price breakdown of NZXT:
- NZXT H510i White — $ 109.99
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600X — $ 299.99
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC Pro – $ 629.99
- Asus TUF Gaming X570-Plus Wi-Fi – $ 229.99
- 16GB Team T-Force Delta RGB DDR4-3200— $ 89.99
- 500 GB Western Digital SN550— $ 149.99
- NZXT Kraken X63— $ 149.99
- XPG Core Reactor 750W Power Supply — $ 109.99
- Windows 10 Home — $ 119.99
- Construction service — $ 99
Let’s put the GPU aside for a moment and just look at the other specs. For convenience, I rated the same remaining parts (including Windows 10 Home) on Newegg. After applying a promo code for one of the pieces (the cooler), the price excluding tax was $ 1,119.91, compared to $ 1,259.92 for the price of NZXT. That’s a difference of $ 140.01, plus an additional $ 99 for construction costs, which is fair.
I don’t find this particularly glaring – of course, you can save money by buying parts yourself and then putting them together, but it helps if a system builder provides all the components and assembles them.
The GPU is the potential buzzkill in all of this. NZXT may have fixed the availability issue, but is unable to source graphics cards at prices closer to their MSRP, or charges extra. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti launched at $ 399. You can add an additional $ 50 or even $ 100 to account for the custom status of a factory overclocked variant, but $ 629.99 for a 3060 Ti is still a tough pill to swallow.
Of course, the flip side of this argument is that buying a 3060 Ti on its own is even more expensive, provided you can even find one. As of this writing, there is exactly one model in stock at Newegg, from a market vendor: a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Vision OC card priced at $ 1,156.99. Yeah, no thanks.
Here is the price breakdown of NZXT for the other GPUs available:
- EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming — $ 959.99
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming OC – $ 1,229.99
- EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming – $ 1,649.99
These are all well above Nvidia’s introductory prices, and far north of any extras to be expected for a custom variant. However, they’re also a few hundred dollars lower than what these cards fetch on eBay, with the exception of the RTX 3070 Ti, which is priced quite close to recently sold listings.
Either way, if you’re desperate for a GPU and could use a brand new PC as well, NZXT’s BLD service is now the fastest option for custom setup. You will just pay a little more for the parts.