Last December we announced we'd be undertaking the guide for a major revamp, with updates happening every other week and on every relevant product launch. Under this new approach the buying guide has silently received two major revisions and a few minor edits since it was launched six weeks ago. In other words, next time you are planning to build a system and want to know what are the best components you can buy at that precise moment you know you can count on us.
We wholly welcome your support and input to keep the guide as fresh as possible. As usual, here are our intended price points:
The Budget Box ($500)Granted, if you just need to create a few documents and check your email, you can get by on much less than a $500 desktop. If you follow our Budget build to the T, you'll have a system acceptable for any role apart from running graphically intense applications -- which could also be attainable by investing in a dedicated video card.
• Decent performance • Good for everyday computing • Gaming with add-on GPU
The Entry-Level Rig ($800)Our Entry-Level Rig should prove to be an excellent companion for running general applications and a sufficient solution for even the newest games on the market, albeit with a bit of the eye-candy tuned down.
• Good performance • Fast for everyday computing • Casual gaming
The Enthusiast's PC ($1,500)Our Enthusiast's PC incorporates the perfect blend of both the Entry-Level Rig and Luxury System, making this the most harmonious of builds. Our intent is to keep this system within the grasp of the average computer enthusiast, essentially offering a fully-loaded PC minus some of the unnecessary bells and whistles that could set you back an additional grand or two.
• Excellent performance • Good Multitasker • Perfect for gaming
The Luxury SystemThe Luxury System is a screaming-edge machine lacking any virtual price cap. Every component in the Luxury System guide is thoughtfully scrutinized, offering the most horsepower for your greenback. If a component's premium price isn't justified, it simply doesn't make the cut.
• Workstation-like performance • Great for heavy multitasking • Extreme gaming