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 Storage Guide

We take a look at our favorite hard disks and optical drives for the desktop.

24 by Gary Key on 12/19/2008

Holiday Pre-Built Systems Guide

There are a huge number of PC suppliers out there, and everyone has different needs when it comes to a desktop system. In this guide, provide our recommendations for...

21 by Matt Campbell on 12/19/2008

Holiday 2008 Display Guide

Has your CRT finally given its last gasp of electrons? Perhaps you just upgraded to an HD 4870X2 and now need a display with a resolution that can justify...

51 by Jarred Walton on 12/18/2008

Holiday 2008 GPU Guide: Price Cuts Galore

The past 30 days have seen significant price cuts on GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA. If you're still looking to upgrade your video card, now may be...

36 by Derek Wilson on 12/18/2008

Holiday Case and Power Supply Guide

Choosing a Case and Power Supply can be a source of heartburn. This guide will help you navigate the choices.

32 by Wesley Fink on 12/16/2008

Holiday Memory Guide

We take a look at the hottest memory products available today for both DDR2 and DDR3 users.

22 by Gary Key on 12/16/2008

Holiday Motherboard Guide

Looking to build or upgrade systems during the holiday season? We've got motherboard recommendations for any and all price points.

24 by Gary Key on 12/15/2008

Audiophile Journeys with a PC

Ever thought of making the move to digital audio on a PC for all your listening needs? Prices may not be for the faint of heart, but the end...

114 by Rajinder Gill on 12/1/2008

Mobile Buyer's Guide

Laptops are one of the fastest growing segments of computer purchases these days, so we felt it was high time we provided a guide for getting the most bang...

29 by Jarred Walton on 7/11/2008

uATX System Buildup: Choosing Components

In part one we purchase components from Patriot, Zotac, Jetway, and others for two uATX systems. Following a budget can be a very difficult thing to do...

33 by Gary Key on 5/27/2008

Getting the Most Out Of Your Hardware: Motherboard/CPU Utility Roundup

Following up with our series on useful software utilities, we take a look at the situation for motherboard utilities

11 by Ryan Smith on 12/12/2007

Holiday Buyers' Guide: Cases, Power, and Storage

We've got a list, we've checked it twice, and now we're just looking for a good bank loan. Then we can buy new cases, power supplies, and storage components.

17 by Jarred, Gary, and Christoph on 11/28/2007

Holiday Buyers Guide, Part I: CPUs, GPUs, Mobos, and RAM

It's that time of year again, when everyone is giving and receiving presents. Whether you're looking for something for that special someone or just begging for handouts, we have...

23 by Editorial Staff on 11/21/2007

November 2007 Budget Buyers' Guide

We show you how a $1000 budget gaming machine can get you nearly the same performance as that of a high-end PC just two weeks ago.

63 by Jonathan Maloney and Jarred Walton on 11/8/2007

October 2007 Midrange Buyer's Guide

$1500 can buy a lot of computer these days. We put that statement to the test with four different midrange configurations targeting different usage patterns.

41 by Jarred Walton on 10/15/2007

High-End Buyers' Guide: May 2007

Come see what the cream of the computing crop is in this, our latest high-end buyers' guide.

69 by Dave Robinet and Jarred Walton on 5/29/2007

April 2007 Buyers' Guides: Budget and Midrange Configurations

We provide an updated look at the current market trends, with advice and recommendations for budgets ranging from $700-$1500.

46 by Jarred Walton on 4/20/2007

January 2007 Buyer's Guide: Midrange Menagerie

The price of progress is outdated systems. We've got updated recommendations for midrange computers that look to put progress back in its place.

43 by Jarred Walton on 1/19/2007

Holiday 2006 Shopping Guide: GPUs

Our Holiday Shopping Guides continue with advice on GPU purchases. No matter how much you're looking to spend, we have recommendations that will help you get the most...

51 by Jarred Walton on 12/13/2006

Holiday 2006 Shopping Guide: CPUs

Looking for advice on what to get your favorite computer geek (or yourself) for the holidays? We will cover all of the major components over the next couple...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/27/2006

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