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Support For Sound Cards Added

philip July 31, 2012

I'm pleased to announce that support for sound cards is now available, including:

  • Asus Xonar
  • Creative Labs Recon3D
  • Creative Labs X-Fi
  • HT Omega

More sound cards and prices will be added as time progresses. Enjoy!

Site Improvements And Feature Updates

philip 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...

Completed Builds

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

Saved Builds

  • Like completed builds, your saved builds can now be edited/changed.
  • (Coming soon) The ability to annotate saved builds with notes.

Commenting

  • 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

  • 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.)

Stickers

  • 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!

PCPartPicker T-Shirts For Sale To Benefit Charity:Water

philip 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.

Thank You - From Side Project to Full Time

philip 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:philip@pcpartpicker.com">philip@pcpartpicker.com 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!

Cheers,
Philip

SSD vs. HDD Boot Time Comparison

philip 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.

Type Item
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
Case Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply

 

For the SSD based build: Crucial M4 64GB SSD

For the HDD based build: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM

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.

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