Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. SSDs are yet to achieve the low $/GB metric that makes HDDs attractive in that market segment. From a gaming perspective, install sizes of 100s of GBs are not uncommon for modern games. Despite the falling flash prices, high-capacity SSDs still tend to carry a price premium, making hard drives attractive in this market segment. This guide will help readers choose the appropriate...
Phenom II is generating new excitement for AMD Buyers. We look at Phenom II systems built for value, maximum overclocking, and top performance.
Wesley Fink on 3/2/2009
Intel Core i7 is the only real high-end choice today. We take a closer look at Core i7 Systems built for value, maximum overclocking, and "go for the gold".
Wesley Fink on 2/5/2009
With four systems geared for value and performance from AMD Phenom II to Intel Core i7, the $1000 to $2000 price range covers a lot of computer real estate.
Wesley Fink on 1/12/2009
Entry, Budget, or HTPC: $1000 can buy a lot of PC these days.
Wesley Fink on 12/29/2008
We take a look at our favorite hard disks and optical drives for the desktop.
Gary Key on 12/19/2008
There are a huge number of PC suppliers out there, and everyone has different needs when it comes to a desktop system. In this guide, provide our recommendations for...
Matt Campbell on 12/19/2008
Has your CRT finally given its last gasp of electrons? Perhaps you just upgraded to an HD 4870X2 and now need a display with a resolution that can justify...
Jarred Walton on 12/18/2008
The past 30 days have seen significant price cuts on GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA. If you're still looking to upgrade your video card, now may be...
Derek Wilson on 12/18/2008
Choosing a Case and Power Supply can be a source of heartburn. This guide will help you navigate the choices.
Wesley Fink on 12/16/2008
We take a look at the hottest memory products available today for both DDR2 and DDR3 users.
Gary Key on 12/16/2008
Looking to build or upgrade systems during the holiday season? We've got motherboard recommendations for any and all price points.
Gary Key on 12/15/2008
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...
Rajinder Gill on 12/1/2008
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...
Jarred Walton on 7/11/2008
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...
Gary Key on 5/27/2008
Following up with our series on useful software utilities, we take a look at the situation for motherboard utilities
Ryan Smith on 12/12/2007
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.
Jarred, Gary, and Christoph on 11/28/2007
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...
Editorial Staff on 11/21/2007
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.
Jonathan Maloney and Jarred Walton on 11/8/2007
$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.
Jarred Walton on 10/15/2007