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.
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
If you want something more than a tablet, the cheapest options are undoubtedly Chromebooks. These are basically the least expensive laptops you can find, and while we're working on...
Jarred Walton on 11/26/2014
After a couple of months off due to a very busy fall product season, we’re finally back again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry...
Ryan Smith on 10/30/2014
Video card overclocking has become a very popular topic amongst gamers and PC enthusiasts these days. With the release of next generation games around the corner and the growing...
Michael Wilding on 10/8/2014
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...
Jarred Walton on 8/8/2014
Short Introduction to CPUs and Terminology
There are many elements that go into any modern computer: the CPU/APU, motherboard, memory, (optional) GPU, storage, case, and power supply. While some items...
Jarred Walton on 8/5/2014
With yesterday's launch of AMD's 65W Kaveri APUs, it seemed a good time to give some recommendations for new system builds. We're starting out at the budget end of...
Jarred Walton on 8/1/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for June of 2014.
June has been another quiet month from a...
Ryan Smith on 6/30/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for May of 2014.
All things considered, the month of May has...
Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014
As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards.
Compared to the February/March time period and the flurry of activity coinciding with...
Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014
We’re back once again with our regular guide to desktop video cards, this time for March of 2014.
Since our last update in January 2014, we’ve seen some significant shifts...
Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014
After our Holiday 2013 buyer’s guides, a number of you asked for more frequent buyers guides year-round. So starting this year we’re going to be attempting to publish guides...
Ryan Smith on 1/17/2014
We've covered quite a few laptop options last week for those looking for something mobile for the holiday season, but one area we haven't touched on yet is tablet...
Jarred Walton on 12/19/2013
We're in the midst of updating all of our "best of" guides for the holiday season, and we've already covered what is likely the most popular category: Budget Laptops...
Jarred Walton on 11/29/2013
Over the past decade, we've seen a dramatic slowing in the rate of performance increases on PCs and laptops. Where it was typical to see a doubling in performance...
Jarred Walton on 11/28/2013
I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part...
Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013
Computers have been getting faster over the years, and with the increased performance we eventually passed the point where most systems were “fast enough” and the various features and...
Jarred Walton on 9/7/2013
We regularly get asked for opinions on what product is “best” for a certain use case. Naturally, what makes a product perfect for one user may not matter much...
Jarred Walton on 8/23/2013
One question when building or upgrading a gaming system is of which CPU to choose - does it matter if I have a quad core from Intel, or a...
Ian Cutress on 5/8/2013
My focus on laptop recommendations today is on the rather nebulous “thin and light” category. That can mean different things to different people, but with Ultrabooks encroaching on this...
Jarred Walton on 4/19/2013