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...
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Jarred Walton on 7/11/2008
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Gary Key on 5/27/2008
Following up with our series on useful software utilities, we take a look at the situation for motherboard utilities
Ryan Smith on 12/12/2007
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.
Jarred, Gary, and Christoph on 11/28/2007
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Editorial Staff on 11/21/2007
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.
Jonathan Maloney and Jarred Walton on 11/8/2007
$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.
Jarred Walton on 10/15/2007
We provide an updated look at the current market trends, with advice and recommendations for budgets ranging from $700-$1500.
Jarred Walton on 4/20/2007
The price of progress is outdated systems. We've got updated recommendations for midrange computers that look to put progress back in its place.
Jarred Walton on 1/19/2007
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...
Jarred Walton on 12/13/2006
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 of...
Jarred Walton on 11/27/2006
Sometimes it's difficult to put together a decent budget PC, especially when the costs of certain components are on the rise. We've got recommendations and advice for those...
Jarred Walton on 10/25/2006
Looking for a top-quality computer where price is not the primary concern? Our high-end buyers guide has the information you need, along with a quick look at what's...
Jarred Walton on 10/9/2006
A lot of things have changed in the past few months, and we've got top to bottom new recommendations for our latest midrange buyer's guide.
Jarred Walton on 9/26/2006
Join us for a current look into the storage marketplace where we'll also take the time to make various purchase recommendations.
Haider Farhan on 7/17/2006
We're back again with a complete overview of most of the video card solutions available today. Read on to see what kind of deals we have found this time around.
Haider Farhan on 7/12/2006
People often ask about which components they should use for a budget PC. We'll try to answer exactly that question, as we will be running benchmarks on several popular...
Jarred Walton on 7/10/2006
We have an updated look at the motherboard marketplace just as the AM2 and nForce 5xx roll onto the scene.
Haider Farhan on 6/26/2006