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...
Our latest Mid-Range Buyer's Guide puts a focus on getting the most out of your money. We offer basic recommendations with some alternatives for those interested in content-creation...
Jarred Walton on 10/21/2004
Storage prices are on the rise again, much like many other PC components. Check to see if there are any bargains still left in this week's Price Guide.
Adam Rader on 10/17/2004
Video and memory prices continue to hover with no major drops or spikes over the last few weeks. Find out which products hold their spot for top pick...
Adam Rader on 10/10/2004
We bring you the latest installment of our Buyer's Guide; this time, opting to include recommendations for Budget Office and Budget Gaming configurations.
Jarred Walton on 10/6/2004
Athlon 64 and Intel's Socket 775 are continuing their push to the front. Find out which ones really stand out among a sea of choices.
Adam Rader on 10/3/2004
Storage media gets cheaper by the day. Find out which products give you the most storage capacity for your money.
Adam Rader on 9/19/2004
This month saw the introduction of a new Athlon 64 board that challenges our ideas of a top overclocking system. While most of the hot new OC technologies...
Wesley Fink on 9/17/2004
Memory prices seem to be stabilizing and the same goes for video. Find out which parts make this week's cut.
Adam Rader on 9/12/2004
AMD price cuts are over now and things are leveling out. See what makes the cut this week for processors and motherboards.
Adam Rader on 9/3/2004
The whirlwind is finally starting to settle on Socket 939, Socket 775, DDR2, and PCI Express, and you can actually buy most of the new gear. Our High...
Wesley Fink on 8/30/2004
Storage prices are inching their way back up as hot deals and promises of no rebate hassles dry up.
Adam Rader on 8/27/2004
This week, we continue with our Buyer's Guides on mid-range systems this time around.
Evan Lieb on 8/23/2004
While DDR memory continues its upward price climb the video market from both NVIDIA and ATI seems to be producing more bang for your buck every day. See what...
Kristopher Kubicki & Adam Rader on 8/21/2004
More AMD price drops bring Athlon 64 into reach for almost everyone. Intel continues their launch of Socket 775, succesfully?
Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 8/13/2004
We summarize what we have learned about Doom 3 in a Performance, Mainstream, and Value Buyer's Guide for Doom 3.
Wesley Fink on 8/7/2004
This week, we look over some of the latest options and recommendations for PATA, SATA and DVD storage choice.
Adam Rader on 8/7/2004
The newest game from id Software is chock-full of intense graphics, incredible graphics, and amazing programming. But what factor does sound hardware play in the Doom 3 gaming experience?
Derek Wilson on 8/6/2004
ATI and NVIDIA's new offerings haven't changed video prices much, or have they? DDR prices continue to change... and not for the better.
Vinney Shimpi on 7/30/2004
Socket 939, Socket 775, DDR2, and PCI Express all debuted last month. With all the new choices, our Overclocking Buyer's Guide gets completely revamped recommendations from top to...
Wesley Fink on 7/27/2004