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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 (7/6). Numbers in graphs reflect MSRP. CPU Buyer's Guide: Q2 2017 So far the first half of this year has been mildly insane. Back in 2016, we had the best part of 1.5-2 platform launches and it was a quiet year on the CPU side. So far this year we have had three or four launches, with another few in the pipeline to come. With Kaby Lake, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 out of the way, in comes Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X to the party, with Skylake-SP, ThreadRipper, EPYC and potentially more still on the invite...

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...

115 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 of...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/27/2006

Budget Buyer's Guide - October 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...

71 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2006

High-End Buyer's Guide - October 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...

45 by Jarred Walton on 10/9/2006

Midrange Buyer's Guide - September 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.

49 by Jarred Walton on 9/26/2006

Price Guide, July 2006: Storage

Join us for a current look into the storage marketplace where we'll also take the time to make various purchase recommendations.

13 by Haider Farhan on 7/17/2006

Price Guide, July 2006: Video Cards

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.

33 by Haider Farhan on 7/12/2006

Building a Better Budget PC

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...

56 by Jarred Walton on 7/10/2006

Price Guide, June 2006: Motherboards

We have an updated look at the motherboard marketplace just as the AM2 and nForce 5xx roll onto the scene.

7 by Haider Farhan on 6/26/2006

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