For gaming PCs that push the pretty pixels on the screens, the video card is the most important component. And given the sheer amount of custom options, choosing the right graphics card for your budget can be very difficult. In our Video Cards for Gaming guides, we give you our recommendations in terms of GPU models and current prices representative of an affordable non-blower custom card. Our guide targets common gaming resolutions at system-build price points similar to our CPU guides.
SSD prices continue to decline, even as DRAM prices are on the rise. Most of the industry has now completed the transition to 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory...
Billy Tallis on 7/23/2018
In our series of best product guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended Android Smartphone list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the...
Andrei Frumusanu on 7/6/2018
In our series of Best CPU guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended Gaming CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the...
Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018
Delidding is a process with the aim being to reduce CPU core temperatures on processors with a less-than-ideal thermal interface between the silicon and headspreader. The benefits of delidding...
Gavin Bonshor on 5/10/2018
With AMD’s new launch of Raven Ridge APUs, the Ryzen 3 2200G ($99) and Ryzen 5 2400G ($169), AMD holds the current integrated graphics apex when directly compared against...
Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 4/16/2018
It's time for another look at the notebook market. We are well into the 8th gen rollout for Intel, and AMD is shipping several systems with Ryzen Mobile now...
Brett Howse on 3/16/2018
This past year has offered an extremely wide selection of motherboards and chipsets to choose from. AMD’s Zen and Threadripper, Intel’s Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake, and enterprise options...
Ian Cutress on 1/6/2018
Data storage requirements have seen an exponential increase over the last several years. Despite SSDs taking over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives...
Ganesh T S on 1/5/2018
Along with our quarterly laptop guide, near the end of every year we also like to take a look at the state of the gaming laptop market. With a...
Brett Howse & Joe Shields on 11/22/2017
Continuing our run of holiday buyers' guides, this afternoon we're taking a look at peripherals. Considering that a PC’s peripherals can easily outlive the main system’s components and usually...
E. Fylladitakis on 11/21/2017
Now that you've picked out your CPU, it's time to start picking out the rest of your system components. And perhaps the most humble but overlooked of these components...
E. Fylladitakis on 11/17/2017
Our newest CPU Guide can be found here:
Best CPUs, August 2017
Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give...
Ian Cutress on 8/30/2017
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...
Ian Cutress on 7/6/2017
Unlike the red-hot smartphone market that continues to grow, with new models appearing at a blistering rate, the tablet market is, well….a little boring. Apple still releases a few...
Matt Humrick on 3/31/2017
It’s been about a year since our last look at gaming laptops, and the one major change over last year is the launch of the 16 nm FinFET GPUs...
Brett Howse on 12/19/2016
For today's holiday buyers' guide we are having a look at power supplies. Once again, I shall begin with discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users, that a...
E. Fylladitakis on 11/30/2016
Network-attached storage vendors do not usually follow a regular yearly cadence in updating their offerings. Releases for different market segments are spread throughout the year. That said, thanks to...
Ganesh T S on 3/30/2016
High-End Laptop Recommendations
Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream...
Jarred Walton on 12/18/2014
Mainstream Laptop Recommendations
So far we've covered the budget laptop sector as well as Chromebooks in our Holiday 2014 Guides, but if you want a good quality laptop that can...
Jarred Walton on 12/5/2014