Have you made the decision to construct your own PC? Perhaps the bloatware that ships with pre-built PCs have become old to you. Maybe you have a friend who always brags about their physique. It might be challenging to know where to begin, regardless matter your motivation. A tool like PCPartPicker(Which opens in a new window) can be helpful in this situation. Here’s how to use the website to find the components you need to assemble your own PC.
How Does Pc Part Picker Work?
Originally created by Phillip Carmichael in 2011 and revamped in 2015, PCPartPicker is a comparison shopping website, similar to competing sites Pangoly and Logical Increments. However, it is not a direct provider, therefore it is not as constrained as something like Newegg’s PC Builder tool.
To be sure you’re receiving the greatest price, you may seek up a specific part, compare pricing at several other merchants (including Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg), and monitor those prices over time. Additionally, the website can monitor compatibility with various components, reducing the number of returns (and refunds) you’ll have to deal with.
There are two areas to start if you’re unsure about what to include in your project. The PCPartPicker team has created build instructions to cover several PC build price ranges, from the Budget Home/Office Build(Which opens in a new window) of approximately $500 to the Glorious Intel Gaming/Streaming Build(Which opens in a new window) of over $3,000. You may learn more about each build’s component by opening the build guide, which also explains why it was chosen for that specific system.
You can also browse the builds that other PCPartPicker users have created under Completed Builds; you can see the parts that were used, a complete pricing breakdown, and any additional notes. You can also use the many filtering options to focus your search on a certain build.
You may rate builds and submit comments and inquiries by creating an account. Users have the option to share statistics about their builds, such as the internal core temperature and clock rate. You can use someone else’s parts list in your own build if you believe their setup is ideal for your requirements.
Choose Your Parts
Go to the PC Builder section to build your own PC from scratch. Although it may seem difficult, there are only a couple of additional steps when purchasing online. A list of component categories will be displayed; select one to browse a list of goods.
By choosing several parameters from this page, such as color or power requirements, and utilizing the lowest price and product reviews as benchmarks, you can focus your search results. To choose an item, click Add. PCPartPicker will record the cost and the number of parts as you choose components, among other things.
Additionally, the website will automatically filter out elements that conflict with the decisions you have already made or, if necessary, provide a warning.
The website provides a discussion of why specific items are marked as incompatible if you need them. This is particularly helpful because some items need unique mounting adapters or screws to fit in specific situations.
You may visualize certain build details, like the number of PCI Express slots on your motherboard or the number of hard drive bays on your chassis, using the diagram further down the PC Builder page. Do you need to know if the motherboard can accommodate some extra RAM sticks or a capture card? Make sure this has a place for it.
At the top of the PC Builder page, establish a shared link if you want a second opinion on your choices. You can direct your tech-savvy acquaintance to your parts list by sending them the link. Additionally, you can export the parts page to the PCPartPicker forums or Reddit.
Obtain Your Parts
Now that everything is in place, your pals are envious because you flaunted your physique. It’s time to buy, and PCPartPicker can point you in the right direction for your purchase. You can purchase everything from whatever source has all the components individually, but by default, the site will choose the cheapest choice for each component.
You can save your build and return to it later if you aren’t ready to purchase it right away. Set alerts for price drops if your choices are still too expensive.
Despite its potential use, PCPartPicker is merely a tool. Like any instrument, it is most helpful when used properly and when you are prepared before using it. If you’ve never built a computer before, ask friends who have it for help and refer to some online instructions(Opens in a new window).
Most crucial, assist others once you’re finished. The only reason PCPartPicker exists is that a bunch of PC enthusiasts spotted a need for it and stepped up to fill it with their knowledge.