One pitfall of our previous buying guides and many others on the Web is that they expire shortly after publishing. Prices change daily, components come and go, and the guides simply degrade in worth until they're eventually rewritten a few months later. Recognizing this, we will be taking an alternative approach in our revamped PC Buying Guide.
From now on we will add and update new hardware to the mix as it's released. The guides will be entirely up-to-date on major product launches, and we'll make a biweekly pass over the components and their prices to catch anything in-between. We wholly welcome your support and input to keep this guide as fresh as possible.
The Budget Box ($500)
• Decent performance • Good for everyday computing • Gaming with add-on GPU
The Entry-Level Rig ($800)
• Good performance • Fast for everyday computing • Casual gaming
The Enthusiast's PC ($1,500)
• Excellent performance • Good Multitasker • Perfect for gaming
The Luxury System
• Workstation-like performance • Great for heavy multitasking • Extreme gaming