Upgrading your desktop PC is not nearly as hard as you might think, but it's harder to choose the right one. Compatibility conflicts can intimidate a $ 1,000 computer. Amazon wants to help with its latest feature.
The new "Part Finder" is very similar to third-party tools like PCPartPicker, with the benefit of being directly integrated with Amazon's nearly unlimited product listings. However, unlike these more comprehensive tools, Amazon currently only supports upgrades, not complete system builds. In the item description, you must click "Make sure this fits," and enter the model or serial number of an existing laptop or desktop to verify that the part is compatible. Once you have selected the brand and model, the results will be displayed over an ad.
That's the theory anyway. At the moment, the system does not show up on all PC hardware components, and it is a bit uncomfortable even with parts of large brands. After entering my ThinkPad T450s into the Part Finder for a Samsung 850 SSD, the tool says "We're not sure if this element fits your computer". This is weird as this is a pretty normal 2.5 inch form factor is a full size laptop … and I have made this exact upgrade here on how-to geek and documented.
To meet Amazon, this is a brand new feature, and there are certainly some teething troubles. To be less fair, car enthusiasts have found similar issues with Amazon's car parts tool that works in the same way. For now, you should probably check with more extensive online tools to make sure your new parts work, especially if you're building your computer from the ground up.