PC Buyer's Guide - current systems

4K Gaming PC - May 2017

May 24, 2017 - 11:59 PM

4K monitors are getting cheaper and cheaper, while their sharpness can't be matched by normal displays. Graphics cards have to render four times as many pixels to drive a 4K display compared to a 'normal' Full HD panel, 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. However, th...

4K Video Editing PC - May 2017

May 20, 2017 - 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 Full HD and the new frontier is Ultra HD, also known as 4K. This resolution and the 'accompanying' codec HEVC / H.265 require serious...

All-round Deluxe PC - July 2017

July 11, 2017 - 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 Game PC - July 2017

July 8, 2017 - 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 conce...

Entry-level PC - July 2017

July 24, 2017 - 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...

Intel Gaming PC - July 2017

July 22, 2017 - 11:59 PM

This computer system is specifically geared towards gaming at WQHD resolution. That means a PC with a high-end graphics card and a processor that is fast enough to support the GPU, but also a fast monitor to display the rendered frames in the best way. Because there is much discussion about whether an AMD or an Intel processor should be inside a gaming rig, we split up our system advices. You'r...

Mini-ITX Game PC - May 2017

May 26, 2017 - 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. Previous time, we built a compact system that offered almost the same performance as a full-fledged gaming rig, but this time we try to keep the cost low for Full HD gaming. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed...

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