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 can be the most difficult. With budget systems you're often limited in what you can do by price constraints while at the high end the best components are usually pretty clear cut choices; for midrange builds there are many factors to consider. One of the core questions you always need to answer is: what do you want to do with the system? Office PCs will often have a different goal than something for a student, and there are many ways to adapt a particular system to fit the needs of the user. We have two...

State of the Part: CPUs

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...

69 by Jarred Walton on 8/5/2014

Best PC You Can Build for Under $500

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...

85 by Jarred Walton on 8/1/2014

Best Video Cards: June 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...

51 by Ryan Smith on 6/30/2014

Best Video Cards: May 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...

44 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014

Best Video Cards: April 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...

65 by Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014

Best Video Cards: March 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...

53 by Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014

Best Video Cards: January 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...

53 by Ryan Smith on 1/17/2014

Best Tablets - Holiday 2013

We've covered quite a few laptop options last week for those looking for something mobile for the holiday season, but one area we haven't touched on yet is tablet...

108 by Jarred Walton on 12/19/2013

Best Gaming Laptops and Notebooks - Holiday 2013

We're in the midst of updating all of our "best of" guides for the holiday season, and we've already covered what is likely the most popular category: Budget Laptops...

66 by Jarred Walton on 11/29/2013

Best Budget Laptops - Holiday 2013

Introduction Over the past decade, we've seen a dramatic slowing in the rate of performance increases on PCs and laptops. Where it was typical to see a doubling in performance...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/28/2013

Analyzing Power Use: 80 Plus Bronze vs. Platinum

I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part...

77 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

Analyzing the Price of Mobility: Desktops vs. Laptops

Computers have been getting faster over the years, and with the increased performance we eventually passed the point where most systems were “fast enough” and the various features and...

110 by Jarred Walton on 9/7/2013

Choosing a Gaming Laptop, Back-to-School 2013 Edition

We regularly get asked for opinions on what product is “best” for a certain use case. Naturally, what makes a product perfect for one user may not matter much...

60 by Jarred Walton on 8/23/2013

Choosing a Gaming CPU: Single + Multi-GPU at 1440p, April 2013

One question when building or upgrading a gaming system is of which CPU to choose - does it matter if I have a quad core from Intel, or a...

254 by Ian Cutress on 5/8/2013

Best Thin and Light Laptops, April 2013

My focus on laptop recommendations today is on the rather nebulous “thin and light” category. That can mean different things to different people, but with Ultrabooks encroaching on this...

82 by Jarred Walton on 4/19/2013

Best Motherboards for $100-$200, April 2013

A quick look at the motherboard market and there is plenty to choose from under the $200 mark from both Intel and AMD. For Intel this marks the...

25 by Ian Cutress on 4/18/2013

Best High End Z77 Motherboards, April 2013

As part of our ‘Best X’ range of pipeline posts, our focus turns on to the motherboard segment. At this point of the year, we really are between...

29 by Ian Cutress on 4/11/2013

Best Budget Laptops, April 2013

Last week we launched a new sort of buyer’s guide for AnandTech with our Best Budget Ultrabook recommendation. We’ll be fleshing out the “best XYZ” recommendations for other components...

39 by Jarred Walton on 4/5/2013

Best Budget Ultrabook, March 2013

We’re planning to start a regular revolving list of recommended products at AnandTech—sort of like a mini buyer’s guide focused on a single product or component. Anand has asked...

30 by Jarred Walton on 3/28/2013

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