July 26, 2012
I have rolled out some improvements and feature updates to the site recently in the following areas:
- Commenting Support
- Better Image Galleries
- Completed Builds Revamp
Read on to find out more...
I've done a good bit of revamping of the completed build section. There's more fun stuff to come here, but I figured I'd go ahead and mention what I've already pushed live:
- Easily browse completed builds -- Now you can easily browse users completed builds, with filters for CPU, GPU, Case, etc.
- A Reddit Markup button (like with part lists) that will format your completed build with part list, links to the pictures, your description, as well as any specifications/temperatures/benchmark results you added. As the markup language is the same as reddit, all your description text formatting will carry over automatically when posting your build complete message on /r/buildapc.
- Voting and commenting - vote completed builds up/down, leave comments, etc.
- Ability to document your overclocking amount, temperatures, 3DMark score, etc.
- Completed build part lists can now be edited/changed
- Like completed builds, your saved builds can now be edited/changed.
- (Coming soon) The ability to annotate saved builds with notes.
- Reddit-style comments are live on the site. All completed builds and part pages can now be commented on.
- Like on Reddit, if someone replies to one of your comments, you'll see a blue envelope with the "inbox" count next to your username in the header. Same applies if someone comments on your completed build.
- (Coming soon, like hopefully later today) If you have a completed build, it'll show up as a badge next to your username on your comments.
- Image galleries for parts and completed builds should be considerably nicer now. (No more loading every image in a separate tab, but a proper image browser finally.)
- Not a feature, so to speak, but stickers are finally available. Three different kinds: (sample picture)
- I will happily send them to you for free (including internationally), or you can buy them from the new PCPartPicker store. The benefit to buying them instead of for free is that, like the T-shirts, 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Charity:Water.
Also Coming Very Soon
- The ability to enter prices for custom parts (and have their links show up)
- Mark parts as favorites so that they always percolate to the top of the list
- Mark parts as owned so that their prices are not counted toward your part list total.
I have many more changes on the way. I'm just coming to the end of week four of doing this full-time, so there are many suggestions I'm still trying to get worked into the site. Thanks so much for all the feedback so far!
July 11, 2012
It has long been my desire that PCPartPicker be able to contribute to people in need. Not just help building a computer, but much more fundamental and significant needs such as access to clean, safe drinking water. If you are building your own computer, the odds are high that you have quick and easy access to clean water. Many people in developing countries are not so fortunate.
I've had many people ask if they can buy PCPartPicker t-shirts or stickers. I am pleased to announce that I am now selling PCPartPicker shirts, and that 100% of the proceeds benefit charity. I have chosen to support Charity:Water, a non-profit organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. PCPartPicker will also contribute an additional $10 for each shirt, up to the first 200 sold. Stickers are on order, and should be available for sale in roughly a week. As with the t-shirts, 100% of the proceeds from sticker sales will be donated to charity.
You can find all of the PCPartPicker merchandise at the new PCPartPicker store. I am extremely excited to open it up, knowing that with your help we will be changing lives for many people in need.
July 2, 2012
To all PCPartPicker users: This site is dedicated to you. I've been for you from the beginning, and I'm more dedicated than ever to incorporating your feedback and improving the site.
My name is Philip, and many of you know I have been building PCPartPicker for the past two years. During that time I also worked a full-time job (in addition to the responsibilities of being a husband, and a father to two children). I am extremely excited to announce that as of today I am now working full-time on PCPartPicker.
I am unbelievably excited to be starting on this journey, and even more thankful to everyone who supports this site. I started PCPartPicker because I love it - not for money - and now I get to do it as my full-time job. It is truly a dream come true. It all started on a couch, coded late at night while the rest of the family slept. Later it migrated to my garage, where I enjoyed the delightful fragrances of our diaper pail a few feet away while benchmarking hardware. Now I'm thankfully back in air-conditioning (a must for Texas summertime weather) and no longer sharing space with dirty diapers. I can't wait to see what the future brings.
Know that I listen closely to your feedback and work diligently to incorporate what I can. As always, I love to hear your feedback and suggestions. The best way to reach me is via email at href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org or using the contact form. You can also find me on Reddit's /r/buildapc as user pcpartpicker.
Many people have asked if I take donations - I don't. Instead, you can support the site by spreading the word and telling your friends. You can find PCPartPicker on Facebook (with a "Like" button in the header of this page), follow PCPartPicker on Twitter, and subscribe to the PCPartPicker channel on YouTube.
I look forward to further serving the do-it-yourself computer building community. I've got some great features in the pipeline that I can't wait to show everyone. The best is yet to come!
April 24, 2012
What difference does an SSD make to OS boot times? Check out the video below to see. We used the configuration from our gaming build video to demonstrate the difference.
Both sides are shown real-time and share identical configurations except for the hard drive.
Both drives have been imaged with the same base windows installation (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit). The HDD disk has also been defragmented prior to running to ensure it boots as fast as possible.
As you can see from the video, the SSD solidly trounces the HDD in boot performance (~22 seconds vs ~42 seconds, of which almost 9 seconds is waiting for the BIOS screen to show). The tradeoff is limited storage space (64GB vs 1TB) and a higher price per gigabyte. To get the best of both worlds, use an SSD as the main boot drive and add a traditional hard drive for extra storage space.
April 22, 2012
The PCPartPicker Build Series highlights different computer builds several times a month. Sets of components are assembled, benchmarked, and reviewed, covering different price points and use cases from basic browsing to gaming.
For this build, I am assembling the following system:
This build provides a capable gaming machine that handles current games with ease. By pairing an Intel Core i5-2500K processor and a Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler, we can extract even more performance by modestly overclocking the system.
For gaming builds, the Intel Core i5-2500K is the dominant favorite. Excellent performance, great overclocking potential, and a modest price make this an almost unbeatable choice for a gaming CPU.
With good cooling, a relatively small footprint, and a convenient handle on top, the Cooler Master Storm Scout case is an interesting candidate for LAN events. For a case this size, cooling is certainly adequate. While the side panel window has mounts for two 120mm fans, the height of the Hyper212 EVO CPU cooler effectively blocks one from being used. Also be warned that the plastic expansion slot latches are extremely fragile - applying a small amount of pressure in the wrong spot caused one to break.
(Benchmarks for this build will be posted soon.)