Six Invaluable Online PC Building Tools

Displays and Part Lists

5. DisplayLag: One-Stop Monitor Research

Input lag is one of those oft-forgotten categories when it comes to display performance. While it doesn’t effect play or performance in every game genre (no hardcore JRPG fan cares about display lag, I’m pretty sure), the FPS and fighting game crowds want the lowest number possible. Like CPUBoss, DisplayLag is another relatively new site, but it’s made quite a name for itself in only a few short months. It’s tough to call this a definitive resource only because the tested hardware pool is still limited to only a few brands, but knowing the input lag on many of today’s popular and inexpensive PC monitors is sure to be a boon for PC (and console) gamers everywhere.

I didn’t put much thought into input lag when I bought my last monitor, but  thankfully my Asus VH238H is right near the top of the heap! Expect more monitors to show up on the DisplayLag list in the coming months, and check out their editorial features, including Q&A’s with pro gamers, breaking down input lag versus response time, and other tips.

6. PC Part Picker: One list to rule them all…

Now that you’ve done all the research, it’s time to put a part list together! While I’m partial to using Newegg’s Wish List feature for my part listings, PC Part Picker was designed specifically for PC hardware, and not for general shopping. PCPP has all the proper categories listed, and you simply choose whichever CPU, GPU, etc. you want to include. The list is filled in, the links and prices are grabbed from Newegg, Amazon, or any other number of sites (whoever has the best deal), and presto! All your hardware is listed in one place, and you have a final price to go along with it.

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2 Comments on Six Invaluable Online PC Building Tools

midad

On March 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

Even though ocz and pc power and cooling “do not control their own manufacturing”, their power supplies always test extremely well. There is nothing more important than reviews.

Devin Connors

On March 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

@midad

Thanks for reading! I wasn’t implying that OCZ or PC Power and Cooling are bad brands – I have an OCZ ZX 1250W unit in my tower – just that the world of power supplies is trickier to navigate than one might think…

-Devin Connors