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Amazon Partfinder checks PC component compatibility

One of the things that PC users have to make sure when they shop for new hardware for their devices is that the new hardware components are compatible with the device.

It is quite difficult for people who are not very tech-savvy to determine if a component, e.g. a video card, memory, or processor, is compatible with a PC.

Information is found in a variety of places, e.g. the motherboard manual or the manufacturer's website.

Amazon launched an option on its website recently that customers may use to find out if a PC component is compatible with their device or another component.

An Amazon Partfinder is displayed at the top of the page if Amazon enabled it for the component.

amazon partfinder

You may use the widget to select a brand and model, e.g. a motherboard brand and model, or a PC manufacturer and model name of the PC, to determine whether the component is compatible with it.

Amazon may suggest that it is compatible, that it is not, or may tell you that it has no information on compatibility.

You may click on a link to display a list of compatible components that match your query. If you look at RAM, Amazon will display compatible modules for the selected device or part.

amazon partfinder suggestions

Partfinder works only for devices that have model numbers; you may select a prebuilt PC or laptop, or a component such as a motherboard. The list is limited to what is available on Amazon and it is quite likely that you may run into issues finding certain models or components.

You cannot use the tool at this point in time to create a list of compatible parts if you plan to build a PC on your own. You could pick a main component, e.g. the motherboard, and check other components to ensure that they are compatible.

PC users who want to build their own rig might want to stick with PC Part Picker for now or other services, e.g. Alternate's option to build a compatible system in Germany.

It is still recommended to double-check the suggestions to make sure that Amazon's assessment is correct.

Closing Words

I don't know how popular Amazon is when it comes to buying all parts to build a PC rig from scratch. I never met anyone who did that; all prefered PC-specific vendors, e.g. Newegg, instead. Amazon seems popular when it comes to certain PC parts, e.g. a new Solid State Drive or a computer monitor though.

Now You: Would you use Amazon's Partfinder tool? (via PC Gamer)

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  1. chesscanoe said on December 2, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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    Very good to know yet another way to check compatibility; needed info many years ago by manual search was a lot of work with uncertain results.

    1. Anonymous said on December 3, 2018 at 2:59 am
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      I’ve used this site for compatibility checks https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ , Amazon even copied the name.

  2. Borgy said on December 2, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Oh, good.Another way for Amazon to learn about you/your system.

    1. John Fenderson said on December 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm
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      @Borgy: Presumably, this is intended for people who shop on Amazon anyway — so that information has already been gleaned.

  3. Bill said on December 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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    Thanks for the news, it’s something I’d use to check, just as I check prices on Amazon even if i don’t buy everything there.

  4. spook said on December 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm
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    Needs work. I bought a 860 EVO SSD for a Thinkpad X220. Amazon’s new tool replied the part was undetermined to work. My primary concern was 7mm thickness which the specs qualified. SSD fits and words fine.

  5. Tom Hawack said on December 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    “Would you use Amazon’s Partfinder tool?”

    I don’t use Amazon services, I don’t like the company, its concept, its policy, its boss. I don’t like this damn system which is breaking small businesses one after another. Here in France at one time we had many bookstores here where I live and elsewhere, then the big FNAC came in and gathered books among other things, and bookstores disappeared. Now Amazon takes on FNAC and others, many others, many more others. All these companies because of their monopolistic structures and ambitions are progressively destroying diversity. And people follow, which is what saddens me the most.

    No Amazon here.

    1. John Fenderson said on December 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm
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      @Tom Hawack:

      I’m with you 100%.

      1. Tom Hawack said on December 3, 2018 at 11:42 pm
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        And we’re both with NY’s Queens borough battle against Amazon …
        https://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/?search=amazon+queens&lang=en&searchheadlines=1

  6. Supergirl said on December 4, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    @Tom Hawack:
    I don’t use Amazon services, I don’t like the company, its concept, its policy, its boss. I don’t like this damn system which is breaking small businesses one after another.
    I also agree….

    but… I have a bunch of junk around here that I would like to turn back into computers…

    This might be a good way to understand whats needed & whats a mistake.

    I’ll probably give it a look see..

    1. John Fenderson said on December 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm
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      @Supergirl: Why not use one of the several already existing services that do this instead of Amazon’s? I think a couple have been mentioned in the comments here.

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