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QuakeCon 2014 BYOC Seat Giveaway

manirelli

June 26, 2014

 

QuakeCon 2014

QuakeCon 2014 is less than a month away! With the largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party in North America, it is an event you don't want to miss. As part of our QUAKE LIVE CTF sponsorship we are giving away BYOC seats to eight lucky people. Keep in mind - while QuakeCon admission is free and open to general attendees, the BYOC area is SOLD OUT!

To enter the giveaway, head on over to our Facebook page.

Parametric Part Lists

philip

June 10, 2014

Last year we rolled out parametric price alerts which let you receive email notifications when any part in a user-defined set drops below a price threshold. Today we're significantly expanding that capability to part lists.

With parametric part lists, you can filter a part category and add it to your part list. Every time the part list is viewed, our pricing engine automatically identifies the lowest price compatible part from your criteria, while using your merchant preferences and tax settings. Since prices can change several times a day, parametric part lists allow you to always view the lowest price part matching the filter criteria you set.

Take choosing RAM for example. If you only want DDR3-1600 1.5V RAM from Corsair or G.Skill, just select those filters on the RAM category page, then click the "Add From Filter" button in the Parametric box (in the filters, top-right part of the page). Your part list will then automatically pick the lowest price RAM matching that filter criteria.

Alternatively, if you want to add a case to your build, but do not want to pick from filter criteria, you can select models on a part by part basis. In the category views are checkboxes that let you select which parts you want to evaluate. On selecting parts, the parametric add button switches to "Add From Selection". If you add the selection to your part list, it will evaluate the lowest price part from that set of parts. (We also threw in the ability to compare parts with the selection as well!)

Here is an example part list that uses both parametric filter and selection criteria.

We hope you enjoy this feature and find it useful! It's been a long time in the making, and we're excited to finally roll it out for everyone to use. Let us know what you think!

PCPartPicker Mobile Site Now Available

philip

May 28, 2014

PCPartPicker Mobile

We're pleased to announce that the mobile version of PCPartPicker is now available! We've rolled out most of the site functionality in a UI that better suits a mobile-sized screen and a touch-based interface. While we auto-detect most mobile devices, you can also override the full / mobile version setting by clicking the "Switch to..." links on the bottom of each page.

Let us know what you think! If you have any questions or comments, drop us a comment in the forums!

BitFenix Comrade $700 Gaming Build

philip

April 28, 2014

This month our aim was to provide a modest gaming system at a $700 price point. The Core-i3 paired with the R9 270 provides good performance for the cost. Some may debate that we should have used an FX-6300 instead; such changes can easily be made to the part list while retaining the same budget.

We opted to save money by reusing components from previous builds that we already had on hand. As a result, the price ended up slightly over our budgeted amount. Prices fluctuate hourly, so by carefully choosing similar spec components it should be possible to come in under $700 for this build (at least, at the time of writing this).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81.Amp-UP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $75.36 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $80.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case $49.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $710.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 15:12 EDT-0400

 

Front View

BitFenix kindly provided the Comrade case for this build. I'm a fan of its simple and clean styling, and overall it was straight-forward to work with. At $50, it fits well for budget builds.

Side View

Inside is plenty of room for storage - three 2.5" and three 3.5" drive bays. The case comes with one 120mm fan in the rear, with space for two additional 120mm fans in front. Note that the only option for a radiator mount in this case is the rear 120mm fan mount. The front 120mm mounts will not accommodate a radiator.

Side View

Side View

Cable management is possible but tricky. There's only 1/4" of depth to work with behind the motherboard tray, so everything should be routed to the side or below to allow the side panel to fit back on. If you want to keep things clean, a modular or semi-modular power supply is a must.

Side Top View

While filming the build, I didn't take advantage of the top cable hole for the CPU power connector. After filming was over I rerouted the cables to use it as it kept the cables much cleaner. There isn't enough room to run the cable through with the motherboard installed, so to do this I had to remove the video card and motherboard, route the wire, then reinstall everything.

Overall the build came out fairly clean. I'm happy with the cable routing, though some aspects like the length of the HD audio cable made it somewhat challenging. For $50 (at the time of filming), I think this case has a place for budget builds.

NZXT Compatibility Checker

philip

March 11, 2014

One of the most challenging aspects of building a new computer is understanding compatibility restrictions. Will a given motherboard fit in a case? Is the video card too long? Does the power supply have sufficient wattage? PCPartPicker provides these compatibility checks to ensure your components will work together. Over the past few months we have incorporated even more checks to help guide builders during the planning process.

I'm very pleased to announce cooperation with NZXT to integrate the PCPartPicker compatibility checker into NZXT.com. On NZXT product pages, such as the NZXT H440, you can now quickly evaluate compatibility versus any other part in the PCPartPicker database!

NZXT Compatibility Checker

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