Upgrading your desktop computer is not as difficult as you may think, but one of the harder parts will choose the right one … yes, parts. Compatibility conflicts can be daunting for a $ 1000 machine. Amazon wants to help with its latest feature.
The new "Part Finder" largely corresponds to third-party tools like PCPartPicker, with the advantage of being integrated directly with Amazon's zero-bound product listings. But unlike the more comprehensive tools, Amazon's only supportive upgrade is currently not completely system-based. You must click "Make sure that this fits" in the item description and enter the model or serial number on an existing laptop or desktop to check if the component is compatible. Once you have chosen the brand and model, a stack above the list shows you the result.
That's the theory. Currently, the system does not display on all PC hardware components, and it is a little bit too bad even on large-scale parts. For example, when you put my ThinkPad T450s on the dolphin for a Samsung 850 SSD, the tool says "We're not sure this item is right for your computer." It's strange because it's a fairly common 2.5-inch form factor that goes into a full-size laptop … and I've done and documented the exact upgrade here at How-To Geek.
To be fair to Amazon, it's a brand new feature, and there are some issues with childhood diseases. To be less fair, car enthusiasts have noted similar issues with Amazon car tools, working on the same general lines. At the moment, you should carefully double-check with more extensive online tools to ensure your new parts work, especially if you are building your computer from scratch.