It’s that time of year again and many people who didn’t get a brand new system for Chistmas are going to upgrade their existing computers with more RAM, bigger hard drives and fancier graphics cards.
If you’d like some help choosing those parts, check out PC Part Picker.
The system builder screen is really helpful if you are building a new computer. Just select a part and the website gives you all the relevant information like hardware details, price and shipping options ( including which items are eligible for bundle and combo deals, and which items qualify for Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping), user ratings and more are all displayed so you can easily choose the best part for your system.
For each different type of hardware there are price comparison charts. On the ‘Storage’ tab, you can check a hard drive’s value vs. capacity. For power supplies, you can check price vs. wattage, and for CPU’s you can compare price vs. performance. This can save alot of time whether you are building the computer for yourself or a client, because all the information you need is easily accessible.
Once you have some parts in the system builder it begins to total the cost of the system. But what’s really nice is this page also tells you which retailer offers the part at the price you’ve chosen and gives you a direct link so you don’t have to hunt it down. It also gives you a warning if the parts are not compatible with each other so you can make other choices before you buy, and tracks how many watts of electricity those parts are going to require.
There is a tab to break down your potential purchases by retailer too, so you can figure out how much money you’re spending at Newegg vs. Amazon for example.
As if that wasn’t enough information, at the bottom of the screen is a nice history of the prices, so you can see if the price of a certain part has been going up or down over the last few months. I think this is going to come in handy for me, because I rarely buy all the parts for a system all at the same time. Using this information I can buy the parts that have been increasing in cost first before they go up again and save the ones that are decreasing in cost for a future order.
Another great feature of PC Part Picker is the ability to share your build with other users of the site (as well as on Facebook) , but you can also view builds other people have put together. By checking the manifest on an existing build, you may save time by finding a system that already meets your needs or specifications.
The site has a great user forum with a very active community of experts to offer advice, and it can save you a lot of time when you need to check on hardware or build your own custom machine for yourself or a client.