Buying brand new computer hardware can be expensive, especially if a product has just come out. Tech blog Tested points out that you're better off waiting til the next big product release — even if it's from a different company.
While not everyone is always on the lookout for the latest and greatest computer hardware, everyone has different needs, and if you're building a powerhouse of a gaming rig or editing station, you may be unlucky enough to run into some super expensive parts. But, if the piece of hardware you want is too new, you only need to wait until another company launches a new product before prices start to go down:
Here's my general philosophy for buying graphics cards, painfully learned after leaving too much money on the table with online retailers: wait until the next product launch.
I don't mean wait for the launch of a major new architecture, or even wait for the next launch from your favourite company. This is not a "wait one generation" pitch. After all, if you wait a year or more, prices will be lower. What I'm suggesting is that you just wait for the next big public launch. When AMD launches the Radeon HD 6970, they're trying to you to develop buying fever for an HD 6970. So now is a good time to buy an HD 6870. Actually, when Nvidia shipped the GTX 570, that was also a good time to buy an HD 6870.
So you don't have to wait for the next AMD launch to buy an AMD card, or the next shiny new thing from Nvidia to buy a new Nvidia-based card. Any big launch will likely mean better pricing on anything older – even if it's only a couple of months older.
Obviously, you can always get a year-old product to really save some cash, but if you're looking for a really powerful system that can perform complicated tasks (and that will last you awhile), you can still save yourself quite a bit by timing your purchases right. Hit the link to read more, and share your hardware-buying strategies in the comments.