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 continue to shine in areas requiring storage of large amount of 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. Modern games run into 100s of GBs in terms of install size. As flash prices continue to stay high, high-capacity SSDs have tended to carry a significant premium. In this scenario, the gaming crowd may find hard drives attractive. This guide will help readers choose the appropriate hard drive based on...
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
We provide an updated look at the current market trends, with advice and recommendations for budgets ranging from $700-$1500.
Jarred Walton on 4/20/2007
The price of progress is outdated systems. We've got updated recommendations for midrange computers that look to put progress back in its place.
Jarred Walton on 1/19/2007
Our Holiday Shopping Guides continue with advice on GPU purchases. No matter how much you're looking to spend, we have recommendations that will help you get the most...
Jarred Walton on 12/13/2006
Looking for advice on what to get your favorite computer geek (or yourself) for the holidays? We will cover all of the major components over the next couple of...
Jarred Walton on 11/27/2006