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PC Buyer's Guide - current systems

4K Gaming PC - August 2015

August 22, 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 - August 2015

August 4, 2015 - 09:00 AM
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 - August 2015

August 15, 2015 - 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 - August 2015

August 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 - August 2015

August 18, 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...

Entry-level PC - August 2015

August 5, 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 - August 2015

August 19, 2015 - 11:59 PM
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 - June 2015

June 3, 2015 - 11:59 PM
The home server. It's subject to heated debate on Hardware.Info. Opinions differ widely on subjects like the necessity for keeping the design compact, the advantage of hot-swap bays, acceptable energy consumption, how much CPU power is needed, what type of storage and so on. It's safe to say that the "ideal home server" does not exist, because its intended use differs widely among our readers....

Home Server Deluxe - June 2015

June 1, 2015 - 07:00 AM
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...

Home Theatre PC - September 2015

September 8, 2015 - 11:59 PM
A Home Theatre PC (HTPC) or media centre PC is the centrepiece of the digital living room. The fact that it will reside in the living room puts unique demands on the device, such as an attractive design, being dead silent and being able to handle all common codecs. You can install different OS'es on our Home Theatre PC system, such as Windows or Kodibuntu, a distribution with the popular media...

Mini-ITX Game PC - August 2015

August 7, 2015 - 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. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous mon...

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