Entry-level PC - July 2017

Our guidelines for the Entry-level PC category are as follows. The entire computer system, excluding OS, should not exceed £420. 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 to efficiently perform internet-related tasks. This includes basic photo editing (cropping and resizing to upload or send a photo) and extracting compressed files. At the same time the necessary background programmes need to be active, such as a virus scanner, a firewall, and anti-spyware software. The computer also needs to be able to efficiently run word processing software and administrative programmes. The cheapest PCs that you can currently buy are good enough for internet use. If you want to do other things, however, then you will quickly notice the limitations of the CPU and graphics processor. More powerful pre-assembled computers often turn out to have one weak component that becomes a bottleneck. Maybe it has a very fast processor, but lacks enough RAM, hard disk space, or a good enough graphics card. The system we put together won’t break any records performance-wise. Instead, we focus on using quality components that are balanced in terms of performance. This ensures that all components will be fully utilised, and that one doesn’t form a performance-killing bottleneck. If you’re planning on only chatting and surfing the web, then you can save quite a lot by opting for a mini PC, based on laptop hardware. It’s possible to assemble these from separate components as well, but the choice in these is pretty limited. Also, the price will remain about the same or even exceed that of pre-assembled nettops. 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 month. If you want to know more about how we compile our PC Buying guides, have a look at this article.

  • Entry-level PC - July 2017

    Entry-level PC - July 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - yesterday at 04:59

    Entry-level PC - July 2017 Our guidelines for the Entry-level PC category are as follows. The entire computer system, excluding OS, should not exceed £420. 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... Read more
  • Intel Gaming PC - July 2017

    Intel Gaming PC - July 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 23-07-2017 - 04:59

    Intel Gaming PC - July 2017 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... Read more
  • Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) review

    Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) review

    Review - Friday 21-07-2017 - 04:59

    Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) review Last year, both WD and Seagate refreshed their hard drive series for desktop use. Back then we were positive about the new WD Blue 4TB, but we did not have to wait long for Seagate to answer. Today we test the Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005): how does this hard disk compare with its main competitor and all other 4TB-drives on the market? Read more
  • Single, dual and quad channel memory performance: More lanes, more speed?

    Single, dual and quad channel memory performance: More lanes, more speed?

    Review - Monday 17-07-2017 - 04:59

    Single, dual and quad channel memory performance: More lanes, more speed? These days a decent PC will support dual channel memory, while high-end desktops usually go with quad channel memory. Does this actually improve performance, and if so, how much and for which applications? We researched it for you. Read more
  • HP Z2 Mini review: tiny workstation

    HP Z2 Mini review: tiny workstation

    Review - Wednesday 12-07-2017 - 08:32

    HP Z2 Mini review: tiny workstation Whenever someone mentions workstations, you quickly think of large, heavy computers. HP breaks this 'law' with its new Z2 mini workstation. A mini pc with Xeon, which we cover extensively in this article. Read more
  • All-round Deluxe PC - July 2017

    All-round Deluxe PC - July 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Wednesday 12-07-2017 - 04:59

    All-round Deluxe PC - July 2017 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... Read more
  • Budget Game PC - July 2017

    Budget Game PC - July 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 09-07-2017 - 04:59

    Budget Game PC - July 2017 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... Read more
  • Eizo EV2456 review: classic format with a new look

    Eizo EV2456 review: classic format with a new look

    Review - Saturday 01-07-2017 - 04:59

    Eizo EV2456 review: classic format with a new look The majority of monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio. However there are still a relatively small, but significant amount of monitors out there on the market with a 16:10 aspect ratio. These are mainly aimed at the business market, however there are also some consumers that swear by more vertical space. Eizo has therefore released the EV2456, successor to the EV2455. We were quite enthusiastic about the latter, so we're curious to see how its successor fares. Read more
  • Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition review: our new favourite

    Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition review: our new favourite

    Review - Wednesday 28-06-2017 - 04:59

    Scythe Mugen 5 PCGH Edition review: our new favourite The Scythe Mugen coolers are close to legendary: CPU coolers from this series have been keeping up with top CPU coolers since the first generation. Nevertheless they're much more affordable than other coolers that perform similarly. Today we're taking a look at the newest model: the Mugen 5 PCGH Edition. Read more
  • GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti low-profile round-up: HTPC cards

    GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti low-profile round-up: HTPC cards

    Review - Monday 26-06-2017 - 04:59

    GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti low-profile round-up: HTPC cards Today we're looking at three GTX 1050/1050 Tis. All of them are low-profile case, which means that they will fit in even the smallest of cases. This test includes models from Gigabyte, KFA2 and MSI. Read more
  • ASUS RoG Swift PG258Q review: superlative gaming monitor thanks to 240Hz with G-sync

    ASUS RoG Swift PG258Q review: superlative gaming monitor thanks to 240Hz with G-sync

    Review - Thursday 22-06-2017 - 04:59

    ASUS RoG Swift PG258Q review: superlative gaming monitor thanks to 240Hz with G-sync We tested the first true 240Hz panel from AU Optronics a while ago in the Benq XL2540. That monitor was the ultimate monitor for diehard FPS gamers at the time, as a missed frame could be a possible lost chance for a headshot. Of course Asus has a certain reputation to keep up in terms of ultimate hardware for gamers and they undoubtedly were already working on making their interpretation of the ultimate 240Hz monitor just a bit more ultimate. The Republic of Gamers Swift PG258Q is the result of that labor. Spoiler alert: the Taiwanese manufacturer can be very proud of what they've achieved. Read more
  • Intel Core i9 7900X Skylake-X & Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X review: rushed release raises the bar

    Intel Core i9 7900X Skylake-X & Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X review: rushed release raises the bar

    Review - Monday 19-06-2017 - 14:00

    Intel Core i9 7900X Skylake-X & Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X review: rushed release raises the bar Today, Intel introduces five new high-end desktop processors, called the Core X-series. All CPUs utilize a new socket (Socket 2066), and have to be used in conjunction with motherboards that have a new chipset (Intel X299). The new CPUs are divided into two families, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. The now available top model has 10 cores, but Intel already announced that we can expect models with up to 18 cores in the future. We tested the top model from both series: the 10-core i9 7900X and the quad-core Core i7 7740X. Read more
  • Iiyama G-Master Silver Crow GB2783QSU-B1 review: gaming with a silver crow

    Iiyama G-Master Silver Crow GB2783QSU-B1 review: gaming with a silver crow

    Review - Monday 19-06-2017 - 04:59

    Iiyama G-Master Silver Crow GB2783QSU-B1 review: gaming with a silver crow The teamwork between product developers and marketing departments can lead to remarkable results. An example would be the Iiyama ProLite B2783QSU-B1 monitor, which we covered last year. A model that was meant for business users, but also turned out to have surprisingly good performance for gamers. That is not an obvious combination. The recently introduced G-Master Silver Crow GB2783QSU-B1 is, as the name and product package suggest, meant for gamers. Nevertheless, after having completed our tests we have to conclude that this model can also be used at an office desk. The similarities do not stop there... Read more
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX review: fully passive

    Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX review: fully passive

    Review - Friday 16-06-2017 - 04:59

    Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX review: fully passive Passive graphics cards are an excellent solution for those wanting a silent, but capable system. Palit is the first manufacturer to equip an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with a passive cooler. We've tested the silent GTX 1050 Ti KalmX. Read more
  • Noise cancelling headphones: do not disturb

    Noise cancelling headphones: do not disturb

    Review - Tuesday 13-06-2017 - 04:59

    Noise cancelling headphones: do not disturb You've got quite a lot of choice these days if you're looking for a pair of headphones with active noise cancellation, in all types of shapes, sizes and price classes. We're discussing eight of them in this review. Read more
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti round-up: which one is the best?

    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti round-up: which one is the best?

    Review - Monday 12-06-2017 - 04:59

    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti round-up: which one is the best? The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the graphics card to buy if you don't want to make any concessions on your gaming experience. In this round-up we're comparing the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC, EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Aorus Xtreme Edition, Inno3D GeForce GTX 1080 Ti iChill X3 Ultra and MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X. We do this using a brand new set of benchmarks and of course our extensive tests in the area of cooling and noise levels. Which manufacturer has the best GTX 1080 Ti? After reading this article you'll know. Read more
  • AOC U3277PWQU & Philips 328P6VJEB review: the bar is rising

    AOC U3277PWQU & Philips 328P6VJEB review: the bar is rising

    Review - Saturday 10-06-2017 - 04:59

    AOC U3277PWQU & Philips 328P6VJEB review: the bar is rising It does not happen every day that we have to do a double take when looking at our test results because they are exceptional. It does happen, and even after verification these results stay the same: the AOC U3277PWQU and the Philips 328P6VJEB do not only distinguish themselves in terms of price, but also because of their excellent performance. If you thought that a 32-inch ultra hd-monitor was not for you, you should definitely reconsider now that these monitors are available on the market.  Read more
  • All-round Deluxe PC - May 2017

    All-round Deluxe PC - May 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 30-05-2017 - 14:00

    All-round Deluxe PC - May 2017 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... Read more
  • Mini-ITX Game PC - May 2017

    Mini-ITX Game PC - May 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 27-05-2017 - 04:59

    Mini-ITX Game PC - May 2017 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... Read more
  • 4K Gaming PC - May 2017

    4K Gaming PC - May 2017

    PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 25-05-2017 - 04:59

    4K Gaming PC - May 2017 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... Read more

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