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PCPartPicker Network Attached Storage Giveaway!

philip June 28, 2013

Courtesy of Newegg and Seagate, we're giving away a Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS and a Seagate 4TB NAS hard drive! Check out Newegg for more information on the new Seagate NAS products.

Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

For details, rules, and how to enter, head on over to our giveaway page.

Welcome Ryan Marinelli!

philip June 11, 2013

I am very pleased to announce that Ryan Marinelli has joined the PCPartPicker team.

Previously a moderator and the most prolific submitter at Reddit's /r/buildapc subreddit, Ryan brings with him a wealth of PC-building experience and a strong desire to help others. Ryan will help me with numerous aspects of this site, such as creating new content, helping implement features, and adding new parts to the database. He will also continue to be active in numerous online PC communities, including the forums here. You may have seen him posting already with the "staff" tag on his username.

I am extremely excited to have Ryan on board, not just for what he brings to PCPartPicker, but also what he brings to the PC building community. Welcome, Ryan!

Haswell Is Here!

philip June 2, 2013

Intel 4th generation Haswell CPUs and a large selection of compatible motherboards hit the shelves this morning and are available for purchase from several retailers. To see prices and add them to your part lists, check them out here:

As with other CPUs and Motherboards on the site, PCPartPicker provides automatic compatibility guidance to make sure your CPU and motherboard are compatible.

Adding Custom Part Prices And Marking Parts As Purchased

philip May 2, 2013

I have just rolled out new functionality that allows you to enter custom part prices, mark parts as purchased, and keep inventory of the parts you own.

When adding parts to your part list, you can customize the price information displayed by clicking on the arrow button next to the price.

Custom Part Price Button

Clicking on the custom price button pulls up the following dialog:

Custom Part Price Dialog

For each part, you can:

  • Choose the cheapest available price
  • Override to show price from a specific retailer
  • Import purchase price from your inventory
  • Enter your own purchase price manually, and optionally add it to your inventory

User inventory is a "new" feature that lets you track what parts you already own. You can view them all in a single page (similar to favorites), and can enter in purchase prices for each item. You can also view current prices, and add them to your part list directly from the inventory page. When adding from your inventory, it will automatically apply your purchase price for that part.

In addition to all of this, saved and completed builds will also retain the custom part price information. If you want to show how much you paid for your completed build instead of current prices, just edit your part list to include the custom pricing and save back into your completed build.

Introducing PCPartPicker Price Trends

philip April 19, 2013

PCPartPicker Price Trends are daily generated graphs showing historical price information for several categories of computer hardware. You might recognize them from the earlier analysis of rising RAM prices. Thousands of components are grouped into logical categories and combined with price data. The data is analyzed and presented as an intensity graph of price distributions with minimum, maximum, and average price trends.

Price Trend Graph

With the new price trend graphs, you can easily keep track of computer hardware price patterns. Want to check whether overall RAM prices are rising or falling, or if a CPU will drop in price with the arrival a new architecture? No problem. Purchasing parts for your next build no longer needs to be guesswork.

And as a fun side-note, if you look close at some of the graphs, you can see some interesting artifacts in the data:

  • Holiday sales are easy to spot. Makes it easy to recognize if a given component class goes on sale frequently, seasonally, or not at all.
  • Here and here look like a retailer doing some price optimization (trying to find the best margin/volume tradeoff, I presume?) - I've seen Amazon do this stair step price reduction before - might even be able to auto-detect the pattern some day.
  • Here is a retailer price error. Sometimes you'll see spikes in the opposite direction, which are often ridiculously inflated prices to reduce demand during stock shortages.
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