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...
NVIDIA's 7800GT series enters the channel on time, resulting in a shake-up of prices all across the NVIDIA high end. Meanwhile, ATI's subtle introduction of the X800 and...
Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 8/14/2005
AMD's new X2 3800+ shifts the dual core advantage back into AMD's court; and with nForce4 prices as cheap as they are, motherboards never looked so good.
Kristopher Kubicki and Howard Johnson on 8/6/2005
Socket 939 Opterons, 64-bit Pentium 4s, 64-bit Semprons, and a low budget dual core Athlon 64 very soon! Come one, come all, CPU details this week inside!
Derek Wilson & Manveer Wasson on 7/23/2005
We have updated recommendations for the budget sector in this Buyer’s Guide.
Jarred Walton on 7/20/2005
What better time to have a video card price guide than just a few days after NVIDIA launched their new graphics generation. We have the low down on...
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/26/2005
What dad wouldn't want a new motherboard for Father's Day? New Intel chipsets plus details on ATI's Crossfire inside. Socket 754 motherboards have bottomed out, and nForce4 prices are...
Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on 6/19/2005
Our latest Buyer's Guide takes a look at the moderate to extreme price and performance segments, starting at around $1500. For those who aren't looking to build a...
Jarred Walton on 5/23/2005
Inside this week's edition: dual core AMD chips, second generation 90nm Athlon 64s, 64-bit Intel processors, and some details on Intel's upcoming release schedule.
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/22/2005
SATA II drives are available now, and they are competitive. How does SATA versus PATA stack up this month? Details inside!
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/8/2005
Did you get a fat IRS refund? Isn't an X800 XL the best $300 gift that you could give yourself?
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/23/2005
nForce4 for Intel isn't shipping yet, and probably for good reason. Also, we look at nForce4 on Socket 754. Intel 945 and 955 boards ship real soon - is...
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/10/2005
Intel has six new processors since our last look at their lineup, and AMD counters by introducing a new Mobility initiative.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/27/2005
After several months of stasis, there are finally some noteworthy changes in our budget PC recommendations. We cover the recommendations from the basic PCs up through moderate...
Jarred Walton on 3/15/2005
This week, we found some great deals on Raptors, 7200.8s and MaXLines as well.
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/7/2005
Now you can buy Radeon X800XL, but does it make sense? We have picks for high low and mid-range across the board in this week's price guide.
Kristopher Kubicki on 2/19/2005
Does upgrading often seem like a lot of guesswork? In this article, we plan to show you how to build a working pricing model to determine the best...
Kristopher Kubicki & Jarred Walton on 1/30/2005
nForce4 boards look very tempting. Do you have a CPU picked out already? We take a look at trends and deals in this week's edition of the price guides.
Vinney Shimpi on 1/23/2005
Are you ready to finally upgrade to a PCI Express Athlon 64? You may want to check out our latest Guide, as we cover this topic along with...
Jarred Walton on 1/21/2005