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...

Holiday 2012 Ultrabook and Ultraportable Guide

We’ve provided some buyer’s guides for system builders so far, but today we’re going to ditch the DIY sector and instead look at pre-built laptop options, with a focus...

78 by Jarred Walton on 12/12/2012

Holiday 2012 Workstation Buyer's Guide

Though mobile devices continue to consume more computing marketshare at the expense of traditional desktop PCs, phones and tablets, and to an extent even laptops, simply cannot compete with...

49 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/10/2012

Holiday 2012 Small Form Factor Buyer's Guide

There have been many interesting developments in the small form factor market segment since our last SFF buyer's guide. Specifically, current-generation Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs and AMD Trinity APUs...

74 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/5/2012

Holiday 2012 AMD Trinity Buyer's Guide

While AMD's second generation "Trinity" APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) have been available in pre-built desktops and laptops for many months now, the chips and accompanying motherboards themselves have only...

72 by Zach Throckmorton on 11/29/2012

Midrange System Buyer's Guide

Intel has dominated the midrange and high-end segments of the desktop processor market since the release of its Sandy Bridge architecture in early 2011. A few months ago we...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/11/2012

Fall Budget System Buyer's Guide

Most of the systems I build for friends and clients are destined to spend their days performing basic computing tasks like checking email and Facebook accounts, shopping for shoes...

39 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/1/2012

AMD Llano HTPC Builders Guide

Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) are becoming more and more popular due to a number of reasons. The desire of consumers to watch and enjoy their media, be it Blu-rays/DVDs...

76 by Ganesh T S on 6/5/2012

Holiday 2011 Mainstream High-End Buyer's Guide

After covering the budget and midrange sectors of the DIY PC market, as well as pre-built desktops and laptops, today we have a guide outlining mainstream high-end builds. Saying...

52 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/9/2011

Holiday 2011 Midrange System Buyer's Guide

The latest edition of our Holiday 2011 guides focuses on midrange desktops. If you enjoy the prospect of building your own PC or you just prefer the ability to...

58 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/6/2011

Holiday 2011 Laptop Buyer’s Guide

We say it every year, but the trends continue so we’ll keep repeating it: laptops and mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular, often at the cost of desktop sales...

87 by Jarred Walton on 12/2/2011

Pre-Built Desktop Buyer's Guide: Holiday 2011 Edition

While we at AnandTech recognize that a good portion of our readership prefers to roll their own as far as desktops go, not everyone is that way. Sometimes there...

42 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/30/2011

Holiday Budget System Buyers' Guide

The recent launch of Intel Sandy Bridge-based Celeron CPUs and the proliferation of budget-priced LGA 1155 socket motherboards bring fresh competition to the budget desktop computer market segment, long...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 11/8/2011

File Server Builder's Guide

The proliferation of mobile devices, multi-computer homes, broadband internet access, inexpensive mass storage, and the replacement of many other home electronics by the PC (such as media devices like...

151 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/4/2011

Back To School Technology Buyer's Guide

It’s that time of year again, when thousands of wide-eyed 17- and 18-year-olds will be setting foot on college campuses for the first time. Many more students will be...

90 by Zach Throckmorton on 8/4/2011

Sandy Bridge Buyer’s Guide

Almost a half-year after the launch of the second-generation Core processors, Intel’s newest CPUs remain dominant in the mid- to high-end desktop computing markets. Since the January release of...

90 by Zach Throckmorton on 6/17/2011

Small Form Factor Buyers’ Guide

Last month our builder’s guide focused on nettops: low power, less capable, physically diminutive desktop computer systems. We included a non-nettop CPU (Intel Core i3) system as a substantially...

71 by Zach Throckmorton on 5/25/2011

Nettop and Mini-ITX Buyer’s Guide

Most of our Buyer's Guides focus on full desktop builds, but what about something a little smaller? Perhaps you're looking for an inexpensive yet sufficiently powerful system to function...

101 by Zach Throckmorton on 4/22/2011

Futuremark Announces PCMark 7 for Windows 7

When 3DMark11 launched earlier this year, it seemed like the time was right for an update to PCMark Vantage as well. While we don't have an exact release date...

15 by Jarred Walton on 3/21/2011

Budget System Builder’s Guide February 2011

With the recent launch of Sandy Bridge, we had hoped to put together some Buyers' Guides covering the changes in the market. Unfortunately, with the recall/bug of the 6-series...

58 by Zach Throckmorton on 2/14/2011

Holiday Smartphone Buyer's Guide

Since there are so many smartphones on the market, we figured that the holiday season was a great time to write our first smartphone buyer's guide. And so we...

52 by Vivek Gowri on 12/4/2010

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