What is PCPartPicker?
Founded in 2011, PCPartPicker is a relatively new Company that provides computer part selection, Multi-part pricing comparisons, and compatibility guidance, for do-it-yourself PC builders. They allow their customers to Pick parts that are required to build their own PC and then compare prices and share part lists. PCPartPicker helps those who want to build their own PCs and are in need of ideas on how and where to actually get started with the process. PCPartPicker professionally guides all their customers by providing various build guides that cover systems for all use-cases and for all types of budgets. Customers can also create their own use-cases with PCPartPicker’s help and share among the community which consists of all aspiring do-it-yourself PC Builders.
Philip Carmichael is PCPartPicker’s Founder and Owner, Ryan Marinelli is their Community Manager and Technical Specialist and Jenny Followay is their Relationship Account Manager. PCPartPicker is rewarded compensation via affiliate relationships with various builders listed on this site. PCPartPicker’s Mission is to provide the best information and be a good guide for all of its site’s users. And this is with no respect of any affiliate commissions. Amazon Services LLC Associates program is an affiliate advertising program that was started to provide a base for various sites to gain advertising fees by getting linked to amazon.com through advertisements. And PCPartPicker is a participant in this Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. PCPartPicker is also a participant of the My Choice Software LLC Partners Program which is also an affiliate advertising program conceived to be a base for sites to gain advertising fees by advertising and being linked to My Choice Software.com.
PCPartPicker believes in Simplified Building, they list parts in various categories that can be filtered to ensure that the builder can check out all the necessary parts needs to build his or her own PC. They help their builders choose between compatible and incompatible parts and narrow down parts that are better suited for their PC. They also are active on Facebook and Twitter where they share their part list permalinks and also create auto-generated markup texts for forums like Reddit and so on. They also verify and do excellent price tracking.
PCPartPicker also specialize in System Builds and present a list of parts that the Builder will have to use while making his or her own PC.
PCPartPicker Build Guides
PCPartPicker provides its users with various build guides within different budgets. The customers can pick whatever build guide suits them the best and start making their very own PCs. The following will be the list of all the Build guides along with how they work.
Enthusiastic Gaming Build
Originally themes Black and Red, Enthusiastic Gaming Build is high-end and amazing. Many different part choices combinations have been experimented with to come up with this guide. The builders can choose different colors if they are not fine with the original coloring choice. This Game Build uses an i5-6600k CPU and a Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX Cooler. It has an MSI Z170A Tomahawk AC Motherboard and Storage Capacity is ideally 512GB, but a parametric filter is included to choose a 3TB or a larger mechanical drive. For Memory, it has a 2x8GB kit of Black and Red DDR4 RAM. It uses the GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and a Thermaltake View 27 Case.
Excellent Gaming Build
The Excellent Gaming Build also has the Intel i5-6600k CPU and a Corsair H100i v2 Cooler. It has Filters for ATX Motherboards that have 64GB of DDR4 Memory. It also has 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices, multiple expansion cards, and crossfire or SLI functionality. The selected memory is 16GB of RAM. Using the mentioned parametric filters, Excellent Gaming Build can have a 480GB space SSD at the very least and 3TB mechanical storage at 72000rpm minimum. It uses the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics card and it uses a Corsair Carbide 400C case.
Modest Gaming Build
The Modest Gaming Build uses the Intel 15-6600k Processor and is paired with the parametric list of H170 Motherboard which supports 64GB of DDR4 Memory, 6x SATA6 devices, and the front panel USB3.0. It uses an 8GB of DDR4 Memory and a storage capacity based on parametric selection criteria of about 2TB at 7200rpm. It uses the GeForce GTX1060 6GB GPU at a budget of $800 and the DeepCool Dukase V2 ATX mid-tower case. All these are affordable options and the builder can indeed make a Modest PC from these gaming builds.
Entry Level Gaming Build
The Entry Level Gaming Build uses the Intel i3-6100 CPU or processor that will come with its own stock cooler. The builders are suggested to get a third party cooler into the picture if necessary or possible. And a sparse selection of motherboards is made, a total of four and the selection will display which one will come the cheapest. All these motherboards use a B150 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket that are compatible with i3-6100. All these four selected motherboards will also include 4 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. It will have a 2x4GB Memory kit and an inbuilt 240GB Storage capacity. Entry Level Gaming Build recommends 3 GPUs, AMD Radeon RX 470, Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. The builder can choose one of these depending on his or her budget. Finally, it will use The Deepcool TESSERACT mid-tower case.
Great Gaming Build
The Great Gaming Build will use the Intel i5-6500 CPU or processor. It will be coming with a spare set of six potential Motherboard options and all of these options will have 2 extra DIMM slots for future memory expansion. It will have a Memory of 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a minimum of 480GB of space and 2TB 7200RPM mechanical Storage. It will use the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and the Phanteks Eclipse P400S case.
Portable LAN Build
The Portable LAN Build is intended to deliver high-quality gaming in a small, portable PC that the builders can take to LANs. And hence, a mini-ITX case and motherboard have been selected. This PC is also called Small Form Factor or SFF. It comes with an Intel i5-6500 CPU or Processor. It will be coming with a spare set of five potential Motherboard options and all the options will have dual channel memory and the M.2 slot that is compatible with SATA and PCI-E M.2 drives. They will also feature the LGA 1151 socket. It will use a Memory of 16GB of DDR4 RAM and will have at least 480GB Storage Capacity. It will use the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and The Fractal Design Node 202 HTPC case.
Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build
The Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build can feature the Intel i7-6700 Processor and it includes a stock cooler. A third party cooler is not necessary. It will be coming with a spare set of five potential Motherboard options that will all feature the B150 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket to be able to maintain compatibility with the i7-6700 processor. A 32GB of memory will be used that will fit either a 2x16GB or 4x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM depending on the pricing. It will have 960GB of space and at least 4TB 7200RPM mechanical storage capacity. It will feature the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and will use the windowless Phanteks Eclipse P400s case.
Budget Home/Office Build
The Budge Home/Office Build will have the Intel i5-6400 CPU or Processor. It will be coming with a spare set of four potential Motherboard options that will all feature the h110 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket to be able to maintain compatibility with the i5-6400 processor. It will have a 1x8GB Memory kit and a Storage Capacity of 480GB. It will use the Thermaltake Versa H15 case.
PCPartPicker Individual Parts
The PCPartPicker has a long list of individual parts that the builder will require while making his do-it-yourself PC. These parts include the CPU, Cooler, Motherboard, Memory, Storage, Video Cards, Power Supplies, and Cases. Under Cooling they provide with Case Fans, Fan Controllers, and Thermal Compounds. They also provide Optical Drives. They give out Sound Cards, Wired Networking, and Wireless Networking. They have Monitors, External Hard Drives, Headphones, Keyboards, Mice, Speakers, Uninterruptible Power Supplies. And they have a long list of Software. Antivirus, Audio, and Video Software, Backup Software, Design and Illustration, Internet Security, Office and Productivity, Operating Systems and Photography.
There is also a PCPartPicker Application that is available on iOS, Android, and Amazon. The builders can access the part lists on their mobile phones using this app.
PCParkPicker also operates in various other countries. There is PCPartPicker Canada, PCParkPicker UK, PCParkPicker India, PCParkPicker Australia, PCParkPicker New Zealand, PCParkPicker Belgium, PCParkPicker Italia, PCParkPicker France, PCParkPicker Espana and PCParkPicker Deutschland.
PCParkPicker has its very own Forum within its website where discussions based on parts and do-it-yourself PC building happens. The forum caters to all it’s users and potential builders and is divided into four major categories. Systems, Hardware, Software, and General. A user must follow all guidelines and like mentioned on the website must refrain from doing certain activities like Spamming, posting NSFW content and using offensive language. They must all be respectful towards fellow users.