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Parametric Price Alerts

philip March 4, 2013

Have you ever wanted to set a price alert on all 7200RPM 1TB hard drives? Or on all Radeon HD 7970 video cards? How about any RAM modules that are DDR3-1600+, 2x4GB, and manufactured by Corsair or Kingston? Now you can with PCPartPicker parametric price alerts.

Parametric price alerts allow you to set a price alert on any part category that reflects the filter settings you want. Then if any of those items drop below your set price threshold, you'll be notified by email with a list of items that matched the criteria you configured. In the upper-right corner of every part category page is a section labelled "Parametric Price Alerts", where you can configure your alert. The alert matching criteria will match the filter settings you have for the part category list.

In addition, both normal part price alerts and parametric price alerts now take into account your preferred merchant settings, tax rates, and local-only deal availability.

New Part Categories: Case Fans, Thermal Paste, Speakers, And Wired/Wireless Network Interfaces

philip March 4, 2013

Just a quick update - several new part categories have been added recently:

Let's Talk: PCPartPicker Discussion Forums Now Available

philip Jan. 18, 2013

It has been a long time coming, but PCPartPicker discussion forums are finally here. I've been encouraged by the growing community on this site, and I wanted to provide a centralized place where more discussion could occur.

You'll notice the format and markup are the same as the comments elsewhere on the site. I've made a few improvements to the site markup, like automatically linking urls that aren't decorated with markup. I've also included a few stylistic tweaks to hopefully make comments more readable. This is just the initial rollout, and more forum functionality is on the way (RSS feeds, reply counts, etc.).

Also, the structure and organization of the forums are very flexible, and I will adapt them based on demand. For instance, if it looks like there's a huge amount of discussion around 5.25" bay toaster ovens, I'll be happy to discuss adding a forum for those. I'd love to know what you think - there's a forum for that too!

Intel Xeon E3 Series CPU Support Added (With Compatibility Guidance)

philip Jan. 14, 2013

Intel Xeon E3 CPUs are now available to choose for your builds. Figuring out which desktop motherboards are compatible with different Xeon E3 CPUs can be hit-or-miss (not to mention time consuming), so I've also included full compatibility checking to assist with this.

Additional server-class components are also on the way. Stay tuned for Intel Xeon E5 and AMD Opteron CPUs, server motherboards, ECC RAM, and more!

Budget Gaming Build - Core i3-2120 / Radeon HD 7750 / Rosewill Challenger

philip Dec. 25, 2012

This build video is for Reddit user TheCenterOfEnnui, who asked the /r/buildapc community for help building a computer with his 12 year-old son. His original post was here. Since TheCenterOfEnnui did not have any experience building a computer, I offered to help by creating a build video tailored to the parts he would be using. I'm happy he accepted my offer, and this video is the result of that.

I purchased the exact same part list that he will be using with his son, and filmed my build step by step. Some of the things he will run into, I ran into during filming (like short power supply cables). Hopefully this video can serve as a guide if they run into any difficulties.

I will be auctioning off this completed build with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Charity:water, a non-profit organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

The part list, as well as the pricing at the time of this post is:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $109.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $44.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card $85.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case $54.11 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic 350W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $40.20 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $17.89 @ Outlet PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ Outlet PC
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $543.13
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