Six Invaluable Online PC Building Tools
Tom’s Hardware Double Whammy!
1. Tom’s Hardware Charts
If there’s one site the budding PC builder should have bookmarked, it’s Tom’s Hardware. From the monthly CPU, GPU and SSD value features to the in-depth analysis of the latest hardware, Tom’s is the PC hardware mecca of the Internet. It’s most invaluable tool is the Charts section, without a doubt, as the hardware from each year is listed together with dozens of different benchmarks to choose from. Whether you want to compare expected performance in Battlefield 3 between a GTX 680 and a Radeon HD 7970, or transcode figures from an Intel Core i7-3930K, the charts are the best place to start.
2. Tom’s Hardware Power Supply Guide
Power supplies…the heart of every computer, and the part that usually requires the most research. There are so many different wattage options, rail configurations, and brands…it can get messy in there. While this Tom’s post isn’t a traditional performance chart, per se, it does reveal who actually makes the power supply you might be interested in buying.
There are dozens of power supply “manufacturers” who simply slap a new sticker on some other company’s product — and if that company has a bad reputation, you could be hurtling toward the danger zone. Did you know that OCZ owns PC Power and Cooling, and that neither brand controls its own manufacturing? Or that Seasonic, while making their own products, also makes PSU’s for a bunch of other companies? Now you know, and knowing is half the battle! [cue G.I. Joe Movie Theme]