When building a custom PC, especially on the consumer side, the processor is typically second or third down the list of priorities, behind graphics (for gamers), storage or specific motherboard features. A lot of choosing a processor comes down to budget, whether there is a preference for one brand or the other, or if the performance is similar enough that the money saved on a cheaper model can be spent elsewhere. By contrast, when it comes to workstations or enterprise situations, it helps to have an accurate profile of the intended workflow in order to choose which platform is needed, how much memory or how many expansion cards will be used, and if the software can prioritize cores over frequency or vice versa.
Since the February edition of this guide, SSD prices haven't moved much. The changes in our recommendations are mostly a result of new drives hitting the market and waning...
Billy Tallis 5 days ago
As the second quarter of the year comes nears its end, it's time to refresh our quarterly buyers guides. Today's guide is our best tablet guide. The tablet market...
Brandon Chester on 6/7/2016
The big consumer push for laptops is generally around the CES timeframe in January, but not all of those devices are available immediately. There have also been a couple...
Brett Howse on 5/27/2016
Network-attached storage vendors do not usually follow a regular yearly cadence in updating their offerings. Releases for different market segments are spread throughout the year. That said, thanks to...
Ganesh T S on 3/30/2016
As we start wrapping up the last of our Q1 2016 buyers guides we finally come to the best Android smartphones guide. With the year having just begun, we...
Brandon Chester on 3/29/2016
For today's holiday buyer's guide we're taking a look at power supplies. I want to kick off this year's guide by once again discussing and clarifying a common misconception...
E. Fylladitakis on 11/20/2015
High-End Laptop Recommendations
Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream...
Jarred Walton on 12/18/2014
Mainstream Laptop Recommendations
So far we've covered the budget laptop sector as well as Chromebooks in our Holiday 2014 Guides, but if you want a good quality laptop that can...
Jarred Walton on 12/5/2014
If you want something more than a tablet, the cheapest options are undoubtedly Chromebooks. These are basically the least expensive laptops you can find, and while we're working on...
Jarred Walton on 11/26/2014
After a couple of months off due to a very busy fall product season, we’re finally back again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry...
Ryan Smith on 10/30/2014
Video card overclocking has become a very popular topic amongst gamers and PC enthusiasts these days. With the release of next generation games around the corner and the growing...
Michael Wilding on 10/8/2014
Following up on last week's Best Budget PC Guide, today we have midrange systems with roughly twice the cost. Of all the systems types to configure, the midrange market...
Jarred Walton on 8/8/2014
Short Introduction to CPUs and Terminology
There are many elements that go into any modern computer: the CPU/APU, motherboard, memory, (optional) GPU, storage, case, and power supply. While some items...
Jarred Walton on 8/5/2014
With yesterday's launch of AMD's 65W Kaveri APUs, it seemed a good time to give some recommendations for new system builds. We're starting out at the budget end of...
Jarred Walton on 8/1/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for June of 2014.
June has been another quiet month from a...
Ryan Smith on 6/30/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for May of 2014.
All things considered, the month of May has...
Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014
As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards.
Compared to the February/March time period and the flurry of activity coinciding with...
Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014
We’re back once again with our regular guide to desktop video cards, this time for March of 2014.
Since our last update in January 2014, we’ve seen some significant shifts...
Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014
After our Holiday 2013 buyer’s guides, a number of you asked for more frequent buyers guides year-round. So starting this year we’re going to be attempting to publish guides...
Ryan Smith on 1/17/2014