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 can be the most difficult. With budget systems you're often limited in what you can do by price constraints while at the high end the best components are usually pretty clear cut choices; for midrange builds there are many factors to consider. One of the core questions you always need to answer is: what do you want to do with the system? Office PCs will often have a different goal than something for a student, and there are many ways to adapt a particular system to fit the needs of the user. We have two...

Price Guides August 2004: CPUs and Motherboards

More AMD price drops bring Athlon 64 into reach for almost everyone. Intel continues their launch of Socket 775, succesfully?

1 by Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 8/13/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Entry Level System - August 2004

This week, we continue with our Entry Level System Buyer's Guide.

30 by Anand Shimpi & Larry Barber on 8/9/2004

Doom 3 Buyer's Guide

We summarize what we have learned about Doom 3 in a Performance, Mainstream, and Value Buyer's Guide for Doom 3.

52 by Wesley Fink on 8/7/2004

Price Guides August 2004: Optical and Magnetic Storage

This week, we look over some of the latest options and recommendations for PATA, SATA and DVD storage choice.

3 by Adam Rader on 8/7/2004

Doom 3 Sound Guide

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?

21 by Derek Wilson on 8/6/2004

Price Guides July 2004: Video Cards and Memory

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.

3 by Vinney Shimpi on 7/30/2004

Overclocking Buyer's Guide - August 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...

40 by Wesley Fink on 7/27/2004

Price Guides July 2004: CPU and Motherboards

64-bit computing: To buy or not to buy? We'll look at where prices are heading and where they are now to help make this decision a little...

11 by Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on 7/23/2004

Price Guides July 2004: Optical and Magnetic Storage

Find out what DVD burners and hard drives make this week's cut for your storage needs.

8 by Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on 7/16/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range System - July 2004

This week, we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides for mid-range systems. We've added a few new picks and some other info since our last look at a mid...

26 by Evan Lieb on 7/16/2004

Price Guides July 2004: Video Cards and Memory

Now that we've all seen the latest and greatest offerings from the big players in video, which one stands as the best value? We'll also visit the continuing...

3 by Kristopher Kubicki and Howard Johnson on 7/9/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Entry Level System - July 2004

This week we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides, for entry level systems this time around. We've added a few new picks and some other info since we last...

48 by Evan Lieb on 7/7/2004

Price Guides July 2004: CPU and Motherboards

New sockets, CPU cores, and PCI Express. With all of the choices at hand, how can you find the best deal? We'll show you which processors and...

12 by Cara Hamm on 7/6/2004

Buyer's Guide: High End System - July 2004

Socket 939, Socket 775, DDR2, and PCI Express have all debuted in the last month. With all the new choices, our High End Buyer's Guide gets some new...

47 by Wesley Fink on 6/30/2004

Price Guides June 2004: Optical and Magnetic Storage

We have new 12X DVDR and DVD Dual Layer drives inside. Another weekly edition of prices, deltas and more new products than you can shake a stick at.

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Manveer Wasson on 6/19/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range System - June 2004

This week, we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides, for mid-range systems this time around. Some nice new developments have popped up, among other little tidbits of info during...

24 by Evan Lieb on 6/18/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Entry Level System - June 2004

This week, we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides, for entry level systems this time around. Not much has changed in the last month on the entry level front...

41 by Evan Lieb on 6/9/2004

Buyer's Guide: High End System - May 2004

This month's High End Guide is the first in the new Buyer's Guide series, with many new recommendations. The Buyer's Guides are expanding, and you will see regular...

59 by Wesley Fink on 5/26/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range System - May 2004

This week, we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides, for mid-range systems this time around.

25 by Evan Lieb on 5/20/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Entry Level System - May 2004

This week, we continue with our weekly Buyer's Guides, for entry level systems this time around.

27 by Evan Lieb on 5/15/2004

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