Buyer's Guides

In our series of Buyer Guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the time of writing (3/19). Numbers in graphs reflect MSRP. CPU Buyer's Guide: Q1 2017 As we move through to the second quarter of the year, we have had two major updates to the desktop CPU landscape. First, Intel launched its Seventh generation of Core-based CPUs, known under the Kaby Lake name, using a refined version of their 14nm process that allowed for some frequency gains over the previous generation Skylake microarchitecture. Then AMD made their biggest CPU launch in five years, with a renewed attack on high-performance computing with the Ryzen 7 family. After spending so many years fighting...

Best Tablets: Holiday 2016

It seems to me that holiday shopping occurs earlier and earlier every year. It's only mid-November, but some shops where I live are already covered in Christmas decorations and...

25 by Brandon Chester on 11/18/2016

Best CPUs: Q1 2016

When building a custom PC, especially on the consumer side, the processor is typically second or third down the list of priorities, behind graphics, storage or specific motherboard features...

17 by Ian Cutress on 3/24/2015

PSU Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2014

In this Holiday Buyer's Guide, we will be evaluating and recommending desktop PC power supply units. We should clarify that the selection of a PSU is based on parameters...

23 by E. Fylladitakis on 12/3/2014

Best SSDs: July 2014

Given the recent product releases in the SSD industry, it is now a good time to do another purchase recommendation post. We did our first "Best SSDs" post in...

42 by Kristian Vättö on 7/23/2014

Best Desktop Video Cards - Holiday 2013

Continuing our series of Holiday Buyer’s Guides, today we’ll be taking a look at desktop video cards. Cyber Monday kicks off today, and while video cards neither have the...

44 by Ryan Smith on 12/2/2013

Best SSDs: Holiday 2013

Since the holiday shopping season is going at full speed and Black Friday is only a few days away, we are doing a bunch of product recommendation posts to...

54 by Kristian Vättö on 11/27/2013

Gaming Motherboards under $175: Holiday 2013

Glad tidings we bring, and this time it comes in the form of gaming oriented motherboards. As an ex-semi-serious gamer (local clan matches, LANs), the motherboard in my...

10 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2013

Best Desktop CPUs: Holiday 2013

Next up in our series of Holiday Buyer’s Guides is a look at processors. Building systems in time for a holiday season means that picking the right components...

25 by Ian Cutress on 11/25/2013

Best Mini-ITX Motherboards: Holiday 2013

As part of a stream on holiday buying guides (Black Friday and jolly Noël around the corner), here is my take on the season’s mini-ITX offerings, covering both AMD...

34 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2013

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