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Posted July 23, 2014 by philip

Water project in Malawi

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the daily tasks running this site and lose focus on the bigger picture. When I started PCPartPicker, I wanted it to be about more than just building computers, and to have an impact beyond myself, my family, and the visitors of the site. My desire was, and still is, to help people with fundamental needs that we often take for granted, such as access to clean water and sanitation.

Last week the first Charity:Water completion report arrived for a water project PCPartPicker sponsored in Malawi, Africa. Because of this project (the actual well is in the picture above), 373 people in the Chasembe community now have access to clean and safe drinking water. My heart is filled with joy hearing this news, and I wanted to share it with you because you're a part of it too.

As many of you know, PCPartPicker is supported through affiliate commissions from retailers we partner with. From the beginning we committed to donate part of our monthly earnings to charity. When you purchase components through retailer links on PCPartPicker, you're not only supporting this site - you're also supporting people like you see in the picture above. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of this and helping us make this happen.

Water project in Malawi

The water project in Malawi is the first of many we have sponsored through Charity:Water. Above is a map showing the GPS coordinates of the well pictured (-13.27416667, 34.0163). As the completion reports arrive, we'll keep you updated. In the meantime, you have my deepest and sincerest thanks for supporting PCPartPicker and our vision. It would not be possible without you.

$970 Gaming Build

Posted June 27, 2014 by philip

The mission? A gaming build under $1000. At $970, we hit the price point with a bit of room to spare. And this build doesn't sacrifice performance - with the new Intel Devil's Canyon Core i5-4690K and an R9 280X, it has plenty of horsepower.

As an added bonus, Newegg has even created a combo using this exact set of parts!

For the color conscious, all the parts also match a black/red color scheme. (Yes, I know the power supply has a green logo - but it gets covered up by the side-walls of the PSU bay.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $74.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $120.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $259.99 @ Newegg
Case Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case $93.50 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $969.42

 

Side View

MicroATX with just enough room to hold an R9 280X and a push-pull configured H80i. By building in a careful order, reaching into tight spots was minimized.

Front View

Dust Filter

The front intake fan has an easily removable dust filter. The top intake for the power supply also has a magnetically attached dust filter.

While Running

The AMP-Up family of Gigabyte motherboards have an LED-lit line on the back. This motherboard comes in red to match the red heatsinks. Our previous AMP-Up build came in green.

 

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

Posted June 10, 2014 by philip

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

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!

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