43 months ago
I'm finding the compatibility checker isn't filtering out parts like it should.
For example, this part list - http://pcpartpicker.com/list/jjGLyc - has 18 Seagate 4TB 3.5" NAS HDDs. Going to the "add motherboard" section should only bring up a few boards, like the ASRock X99 Extreme11. Intead, there's like 20 or so pages of boards.
Adding, say, a mini ITX board (which isn't automatically filtered, brings up this list has issues, 14 more SATA ports needed, or something like that.
The same thing happens when trying to do PATA, PCI-E, M.2, mSATA drives, etc, except much fewer pages on some types. It's like the system checks whether the board has that type of interface, but not how many.
Is there any way this can be fixed? It'd make my research MUCH easier. :(
Another thing that would help is being able to specify general criteria when I dont care as much about specifics. Examples would be: Wanting 12 SSD bays in case search, but not caring if I use 2.5, 3.5 or 5.25 inch bays. Wanting room for 7 PCI-E x1 devices, not caring if some slots are x4, x8, x16. Wanting 12 SATA ports for HDDs, not caring if some are 3 vs 6 Gb/s, or SAS or SATA-Express.
Also, when searching cases, dimension search would be nice. For example, if my parents have a PC built to replace their 8-year-old laptop, the max dimensions would be about 20" high, 10" wide, 24" deep or so.
And when searching PSUs, filtering by # of SATA, Molex, PCI-E connectors, group vs indy regulated vs DC-DC, 12V amps, etc. would be nice.
The above would cut down greatly on my need to look at manufacturer's or vendor's sites to find the specs, or trying each possible multi-way combo one by one in search. My PC has 32 GB of RAM, and I often am running out of memory or having browser tabs crash with everything I have open while doing research. :(
Another thing I almost forgot, sometimes I get the prove you're human page. This can happen when I've wheel-clicked down a list (I can do I think 4, maybe up to 6 per second) to open parts in new tabs, or opening a browser saved bookmark group with like a hundred or so parts. That happens on other sites too, not just PCPP. It's just the way I do research, having all possible options a click / ctrl+tab away, then narrowing them down.
Shouldn't any web server be more than capable of keeping up with a skilled user with an enthusiast/workstation-grade PC? I'm definitely NOT What I'd consider fast, and my PC doesn't have quad Xeon E5-8890 v4's, 4-8 TB RAM, multiple 10+ GB/s synchronous internet pipes, etc. It only has an i7-4790K on an ASRock Z97 Extreme6, 32GB RAM, cable (Speedtest says ~25Mb down, 7 up), etc. (Also I dont see quad-socket boards or Xeon E7's on PCPP either.)