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Replacement parts for the Steam Deck have been discovered, and the costs are a welcome surprise

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The motherboard is a (predictably) expensive iFixit item.

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We caught a glimpse of spare parts for the Steam Deck being on sale, but it turns out that iFixit was first to publish these retail listings, and they’ve already been removed — though it’s likely that the essential components will be available again soon.

You may recall that iFixit struck a partnership with Valve to be the official provider of replacement parts for the Steam Deck, and the business later clarified that these product pages, complete with pricing, were accidentally published.

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Assuming that these are correct prices and not placeholders – according to an iFixit spokesman on Reddit, these were presumably ‘test’ sites – the price tags for various parts were exposed as Gaming On Linux spotted, and many are pleasingly inexpensive.

A new screen costs $100 or £90 for the top-end anti-glare model (and $65 or £60 for the basic one), while a new fan costs $25 or £20.

The most of the prices appear to be on the lower end of the scale, although a new motherboard would set you cheval at $350 or £290. Of course, that’s not far off the price of a new Steam Deck, which starts at $399 or £349 for the most basic model.

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An immediate rush on the crowd…

It’s worth noting that iFixit stated that some orders were placed before the listings were taken down, and that everyone who placed an order will have it fulfilled.

As you might expect, a lot of people ordered replacement fans — there have been complaints about certain too loud ones with a high-pitched whine – and, according to accounts online, the fans sold out before the listings were taken down. (Valve is working on resolving this issue, or at least attempting to, through beta software upgrades.)

Others are looking at the parts available and speculating about being able to buy all of the components needed to build their own Steam Deck – but even if theoretically possible (which we don’t know now), it’ll almost certainly be pricey.

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More realistically, there may be Deck owners who want to convert a lesser model Steam Deck to the top-end version’s superior screen, rather than just do minor repairs on a crooked thumbstick or a problematic fan. Anyone with the technical skills to open up their smartphone and change the screen will likely be encouraged by the price of the replacement display.

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