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PC Buyer's Guide - current systems

4K Gaming PC - December 2015

December 1, 2015 - 11:59 PM
After a few years in which little happened in the area of PC displays, the 4K revolution is finally taking place. Graphics cards have to render four times as many pixels to drive a 4K display, while the game textures are only getting more detailed. In short: you need real horse power to game in 4K. A fast processor and especially a graphics card is a must. For now, you even need a couple of the...

4K Video Editing PC - February 2016

February 2, 2016 - 11:59 PM
A few years ago, your PC just couldn't be fast enough for digital video processing. By now every average PC is able to process Standard Definition (PAL 720x576) as well as HD Ready, but technology doesn't stand still. By now just about every smartphone can record in HD or Full HD and the new frontier is Ultra HD, also known as 4K. This resolution and the 'accompanying' codec HEVC / H.265 require s...

All-round Deluxe PC - January 2016

January 26, 2016 - 11:59 PM
The all-round Deluxe PC will last you a few years without requiring any upgrades. It is a bit more expensive, but is very complete as well. Using the internet, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing - all of these are possible on a good all-round PC, and you should never feel that you are lacking in performance for any of those activities. This means a good processor and graphic...

Budget All-round PC - November 2015

November 12, 2015 - 11:59 PM
The all-round PC is a PC with comprehensive features for around $800 - $900 that can do a little bit of everything. It should have enough speed and capacity to meet your needs for some time. Currently it can run all applications, and you're able to upgrade it with small future investments when you need more power or storage capacity. Surfing, gaming, business applications, photo and video edit...

Budget Game PC - December 2015

December 9, 2015 - 11:59 PM
The Hardware.Info Budget Game PC Advice has a balanced configuration for playing video games, without having to spend too much. The components have been selected to offer the best bang for your buck. That means you cannot always expect the highest settings, resolution and frame rate, but at the same time you should be able to play all modern games in Full HD resolution without making huge conc...

Christmas special: Ultimate PC - December 2015

December 25, 2015 - 09:00 AM
At the beginning of this year, we stopped making the Ultimate PC advice. This buy guide, which was characterized by the sheer best and fastest components and a corresponding astronomical price tag, had lost its luster and could not count on appreciation from the readers. The 4K Game PC took its place - still a very high-end system, but with a clear purpose. Nevertheless, we regularly receive re...

Entry-level PC - December 2015

December 7, 2015 - 11:59 PM
Our guidelines for the Entry-level PC category are as follows. The entire computer system, excluding OS, should not exceed $500. Its primary, but not only, function is to provide a smooth and enjoyable online experience. This means that the cheapest processors won’t be enough, as modern web pages and internet applications do demand some processing power. Additionally, the system has to be able...

Gaming PC - February 2016

February 6, 2016 - 11:54 AM
This computer system is specifically geared towards gaming. That means a PC with a high-end graphics card and a processor that is fast enough to support the GPU. The rest of the configuration needs to be balanced as well. Since many gamers also enjoy overclocking their PC to improve performance, it is also important to choose a motherboard and memory that is suitable for this. Keep in mind that...

Home Server Deluxe - December 2015

December 15, 2015 - 11:59 PM
The Deluxe edition of the Home Server distinguishes itself from the standard home server by its smaller size and more powerful hardware. That makes the server also suitable for using the ZFS file system. This server is more versatile and takes up less space, and is a lot more expensive. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info...

Mini-ITX Game PC - January 2016

January 29, 2016 - 11:59 PM
The Mini-ITX Game PC is a desktop computer that is small enough to be portable, but has better performance than a gaming notebook. This edition, we built a system that will fit perfectly in your living room, next to your TV. You can game on it in Full HD resolution, but while watching a movie it'll be whisper quiet. At the same time, the graphics card offers support for HDMI 2.0, so you can even w...

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