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Site Improvements And Feature Updates

philip

July 26, 2012

I have rolled out some improvements and feature updates to the site recently in the following areas:

  • Commenting Support
  • Better Image Galleries
  • Completed Builds Revamp

Read on to find out more...

Completed Builds

I've done a good bit of revamping of the completed build section. There's more fun stuff to come here, but I figured I'd go ahead and mention what I've already pushed live:

  • Easily browse completed builds -- Now you can easily browse users completed builds, with filters for CPU, GPU, Case, etc.
  • A Reddit Markup button (like with part lists) that will format your completed build with part list, links to the pictures, your description, as well as any specifications/temperatures/benchmark results you added. As the markup language is the same as reddit, all your description text formatting will carry over automatically when posting your build complete message on /r/buildapc.
  • Voting and commenting - vote completed builds up/down, leave comments, etc.
  • Ability to document your overclocking amount, temperatures, 3DMark score, etc.
  • Completed build part lists can now be edited/changed

Saved Builds

  • Like completed builds, your saved builds can now be edited/changed.
  • (Coming soon) The ability to annotate saved builds with notes.

Commenting

  • Reddit-style comments are live on the site. All completed builds and part pages can now be commented on.
  • Like on Reddit, if someone replies to one of your comments, you'll see a blue envelope with the "inbox" count next to your username in the header. Same applies if someone comments on your completed build.
  • (Coming soon, like hopefully later today) If you have a completed build, it'll show up as a badge next to your username on your comments.

Image Galleries

  • Image galleries for parts and completed builds should be considerably nicer now. (No more loading every image in a separate tab, but a proper image browser finally.)

Stickers

  • Not a feature, so to speak, but stickers are finally available. Three different kinds: (sample picture)
  • I will happily send them to you for free (including internationally), or you can buy them from the new PCPartPicker store. The benefit to buying them instead of for free is that, like the T-shirts, 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Charity:Water.

Also Coming Very Soon

  • The ability to enter prices for custom parts (and have their links show up)
  • Mark parts as favorites so that they always percolate to the top of the list
  • Mark parts as owned so that their prices are not counted toward your part list total.

 

I have many more changes on the way. I'm just coming to the end of week four of doing this full-time, so there are many suggestions I'm still trying to get worked into the site. Thanks so much for all the feedback so far!

Comments

  • 86 months ago
  • 7 points

'•The ability to enter prices for custom parts (and have their links show up)'

Was going to suggest this. Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

This sounds great. Thanks for all your hard work on this. The thing is I can't figure out how to switch which build I'm working on.

In reality most custom parts would probably be related to custom water cooling and sub ambient CPU cooling. It would be grerat if we could just go through and select Pump, Reservoir, etc. like everything else.

pcpartpicker makes it so easy to filter down products based on options that I'm kind of lazy about doing that manually for water cooling components :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 5 points

One request I would like to add: have an option to disable certain brands, types, etc. when adding parts. I know I can just check certain ones currently, but for instance I never want AMD cards or CPUs to be listed at all regardless of if I check certain brands. Could also do something for the other categories like you have with the Price and Vendors Filter

  • 86 months ago
  • 4 points

That makes sense - I can certainly look into that. Or maybe something like default filter settings, perhaps?

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

YES!!!! +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1

  • 86 months ago
  • 4 points

Ability to choose nationality in User Preferences.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I will definitely look into that. Thanks!

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

On the top right (drop down box) you can choose country. . . .

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could have it in the profile, so that I don't have to switch the country every time. It's not a major hassle, but it becomes annoying whenever I get a few minutes in and realize that I've forgotten and that all the price and availability data I've found is not applicable.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome updates! I continue to use this site for every build I make! Keep it up! Would it be possible to send a couple stickers to me for my own builds?

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'd be happy to send you some stickers. I can send them to you for free - just email me your name and mailing address (my email addr is philip@pcpartpicker.com). Or if you want to support Charity:Water, you can also buy them from the store at http://store.pcpartpicker.com

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought 3x of the little stickers and 1 big one for some of the builds I've done for my friends. I know a little bit about Charity:Water (I think possibly from a TED video) so I don't mind losing $2.50.

Can't wait to get them!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks! I'll make sure those get sent out tomorrow (Monday).

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't realize this earlier. but why do the "PC Part Picker" large stickers not appear in the store? Only the small 1x1 and the "Built. Not Bought" stickers are there.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvm, didn't realize there was a Catalog.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

They're in there - just not on the front page. If you click on the "catalog" link, it'll show everything. (Or just follow this link).

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points
  1. Power Supplies could use a 80+ column or not and what it is (gold, bronze, etc)

  2. If you add a filter for price - check boxes and or a slider (like newegg uses).

What else?

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

The "80+ Certified" option would be nice, as when I build systems I never choose anything not 80+. The price slider would be neat too, kind of a modified version of the checkboxes consolidated into one bar.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

The slider makes sense for all continuous data (size, price, clock, timing etc). Because I'm usually not looking e.g. 1333Mhz CAS9 RAM, instead I'm looking for RAM that's at least 1333 Mhz and at most CAS 9.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

this is such a great resource - thank you for developing it - it gave me to confidence to build my own machine =)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Good for you!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Just finished ordering all the parts including several mail-in rebates I would not have known about without PCPartPicker. Overall, this site has saved me over $100 on a $900 build.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

You are a very good hard working dedicated man, i appreciate all of this!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the features keep rolling out. Its really cool to see it unfold.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

could you add a price filter. that way you dont get thousand dollar monstrosities along with 50 dollar cheapo peaces? something like a 150-250 dollar price bracket? great job on the site. also, for some reason the OS prices in the australia filter dont load

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Firstly, THANKS! This site is fantastic! Congrats on developing an extremely useful service for all the builders out there!! :)

Bug: Doesn't seem to find any results for 4TB drives, even though the vendors have them listed...

WishList: Have you considered splitting SSD drives from spinners in the price drop email? I believe they are mutually exclusive parts in this day and age... By that I mean people looking for a deal on a SSD are probably not interested in a deal on a 2TB spinner (Not to say they wouldn't have them both in the same system!!) :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm, I could have sworn I added some 4TB drives. I'll take a look and see what's going on there. For the price drop email, I could definitely do that. There's a few other tweaks to it that I want to do, so that could fit right in.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!! Thanks Philip :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I anxiously await adding notes to each build. By chosen part would be perfect but overall build notes may have to suffice. Awesome work...I could imagine the work involved...done similar...GJ

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi heydre,

I wanted to let you know that the ability to save notes to a saved build is now available. Took me longer than I hoped, but the new feature is live.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Forgot about you and your awesome site. Back to support and prep for a new HTPC and gamer build. Notes will be in use...THX

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd like to see some flag that I could check to show parts that I have ordered. I ordered parts over a month long period and simply copied my parts to a new build and removed each as I ordered it - this worked fine but it would have been nice to show otherwise.

This is such a minor issue but just in case you get bored . . . =)

Thanks again for such a great resource.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

There should be an option to ignore the price of certain parts. I like to add things like my OS for completeness but not have the price factored into the final result.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely look into that.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Delete/mark inboxes as read!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Can provide a link to do this. I suppose the current method isn't obvious - if you click on an unread message, it will change color (from highlighted blue) to white and mark it as read. I can certainly add a link to do this (and all at once) however.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Just want to confirm, but instead of clicking I had to double click. This was in Chrome btw, latest stable versio: 20.0.1132.57

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for letting me know (and the browser version - that's very helpful!) -- I'll see if I can get it fixed up.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing about sound cards / sound parts? Sound used to be optional on early computers, so wouldn't it be critical nowadays?

I'll still keep checking back, but the sooner the better.

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

Check back sooner rather than later... :) Sound cards are in the pipeline.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

FYI, I just added sound card support. Speakers/headphones still on the roadmap.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, man! I'll keep my end of the promise to buy some of your merchandise.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

When searching memory: being able to filter/organize by module size, instead of total size.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do, thanks!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

You can do this indirectly by choosing both the total size and the # of modules. So if you want 2 modules totalling 8, it'll automatically give you a 2 pack of 4GB each.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but it would filter out some 1 x 4 GB that might be better fits.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the new features! There is one bug though, well not really a bug but an easily misunderstood feature.

When I "view builds", I see the "copy to a new build" buttons but I don't see a button for "start a new build from scratch". I had gotten used to using "remove all" as my "new build" button, back when you had to save a new build after every change. So now if I go to the "System build" tab and "remove all", it actually deletes whatever build I was last working on. I actually accidentally deleted a build this way(**edit: I should clarify that I did not save the changes, but they were still made permanent anyway)!

Maybe an "Are you sure?" page would be useful, or you could eliminate the "remove all" button and replace it with two buttons named "Start new build" and "delete current build". Or something like that.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I didn't make it very obvious - there's now a selector to choose which build you're currently working on. I'm sorry you ended up deleting all the parts out of a saved build - I can imagine that would be frustrating. I'm working on improving the usability of that whole aspect to make it more intuitive, and will definitely look into adding a "new build" button as well as a confirmation when about to delete everything.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

It's okay, I had most of the parts in my history so I was able to redo it quickly. I know you're getting tons of suggestions so I hope it isn't too much pressure! This is (as far as I know) the only site of its kind but I'm glad that it is also likely to remain the best.

Is there a forum anywhere on the site? From what I've seen, comments can only be made on builds and blog posts. A forum would be a cool addition if it isn't already somewhere on here. (even though most of use probably go to r/buildapc anyway. LOL) One minor bug I just found: In the inbox, "Deleted" comments still show up as unread.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

There isn't a forum yet, but that's something I'm considering.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

After thinking about it a lot, I'm not terribly happy with the way the new build switching works. I'm probably going to switch it to a model that is similar to the way it was before. I'd love to get your input if you think it would be better or not:

http://pcpartpicker.com/blog/sound-cards-now-supported-on-pcpartpicker#cx633

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  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Philip, is there a way to report dead/inaccurate links?

For example this is out of stock at the cheapest price and this is a Kobe Bryant USB key.

Also I just realized that every comment I've made thus far has been a criticism. I just want to say that your site is fantastic and is my primary resource for research on available parts. Thanks again for your work.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment the best way is via the contact form. I know that's pretty tedious though, so I'll look into adding a "report this price" type link/button/something-or-other. Thanks for letting me know about those two. The USB key... wow. That has been removed.

And I definitely appreciate your feedback, good and bad. I'm glad you find the site useful! Both positive and negative feedback helps me improve on it, so I'm always here and listening.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

The ability to enter prices for custom parts (and have their links show up)

Mark parts as owned so that their prices are not counted toward your part list total.

MAKE THESE, MAKE THESE NOW

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

It is coming, and very soon, I promise! :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to send someone a private message on here?

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately not yet.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ok, thanks for the help though. :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Philip, great site!

I have a suggestion. There seem to be a lot of users who publish desired builds or wanted builds, and these are all mixed up with completed builds. I think it would do all a service if completed builds were on one page and desired/wanted builds on another. Then the noobs and people building now can look to completed rigs for ideas and the experienced guys can pitch in and help the noobs pick parts.

Keep up the great work!

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the suggestion! That's something I've noticed quite a bit recently. The pre-build posts have picked up quite a bit. Unfortunately for now there isn't a place for them, so I've had to remove them from the completed builds listings (as that list is indexed by parts so people can see who uses what). I will definitely look into providing a mechanism and/or area for pre-builds. :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it would be good to be able to filter the completed builds by price, when browsing...

this would certainly help me out anyway

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is my completed build not showing up in the filter browsing function?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i think that a great feature would be price range. when i am looking for something i always have a price range(cases $20-$60). so adding that feature would save us a lot of time.

ps. this is a great web, very helpful.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you mail your own pc list? i made a pc and want to send it to my dad. Thanks!

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