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PC Part Picker

PC Part Picker

Following up from yesterdays post about CanYouRunIt, I want to show you guys a site that might make building a new PC (in the event your results from CYRI were bad and need an upgrade) a lot easier.

Most computers I’ve built have existed only as wishlists or imaginary shopping carts before hand and I had to keep all the performance expectations in my head going only by reviews of other customers or reviews found by googling. Very rarely do you have a shopping website that lists on a scale the performance differences say between two CPUs or two video cards.

Check out PCPartPicker.com

PC Part Picker

Included to help you decide on which parts to use are graphs representing price per ghz, price per gb, etc. These can make it easy to see where Solid State drives lie in relation price-wise to traditional mechanical drives, where the Intel processors lie price-wise to the high ghz AMDs, and more.

PC Part Picker

With current up-to-date prices and information on shipping costs, grand-totals, and possible promotional codes – the site makes it really easy to lay out your build before you buy it. There are also safety measures in place to prevent you from accidently buying incompatible parts. One thing it doesn’t recommend before finishing up your build (that I’ve seen) is thermal paste – as you may or may not want to use the stuff that comes with your aftermarket cooler (if it even comes with any).

Be sure to check out PCPartPicker.com next time you need to build a system!

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Can You Run It?

Can You Run It?

Found a pretty nifty little tool online called CanYouRunIt to help you decide whether or not you can run a game. It doesn’t give you estimated framerates or anything crazy like that and sure you can go online and look up the minimum specs to see if you meet them, but some people may be playing on a laptop and not know where their mobile card stacks up against desktop cards or you may be like me and just be too lazy to try and find the minimum specs for game since while they’re conveniently located right on the box, they’re sometimes buried on a video game’s website.

Check it out! (FYI I had advertisements autoplay loudly on my system so if you’re at work you might want to turn your speakers down or off)

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Steam for iOS and Android?

Steam for IOS and Android

Kotaku is running an article about the upcoming Steam app for Apple devices running iOS and Android smartphones. There are a number of “Steam” apps already on the app store trying to fill the obvious demand for a mobile way to keep in touch with your gaming friends and to purchase games while away from a PC. Most of the non-official Steam apps are basically dressed up versions of the website where you can view member profiles, buy games, etc – all of which you can do through the website anyway. The new official Steam app promises to have the ability to chat with Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content for their favorite games, read the latest gaming news, stay up to date on the numerous Steam sales.

It basically sounds like what we can already get from a third party app with what we’ve been asking for – a few more features like chat, etc.

You can grab the app from the appstore although the service itself is in closed beta.

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