The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We’ve walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we’ll update periodically as prices and components change—we’ll walk you through the hardware we’ll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast’s system for gamers and… »8/19/15 12:25pm8/19/15 12:25pm

Mystery Woman Casually Recycled a $200,000 Vintage Apple-1 Computer

One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer. »6/01/15 5:30am6/01/15 5:30am

Score a Fully-Loaded Gaming Laptop for $900

Been pining for a new gaming laptop? If you think a 4K screen, quad-core i7, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX-860M will suffice, you can get one for $900 shipped. That’s...kind of crazy! [Lenovo Y50 15.6” 4k Gaming Notebook, i7-4700HQ, GTX-860M, 16GB RAM, 256GB, W8.1, $900] »4/30/15 6:45pm4/30/15 6:45pm

Save Big on One of Your Favorite Computer Speaker Systems

If you still listen to music, or any sounds really, through your computer's built-in speakers, it's time for an intervention. The Logitech Z623 speaker set was one of Lifehacker readers' five favorite computer audio systems , and it's within $10 of its all-time low price today on Newegg. [Logitech Z623… »4/14/15 6:45pm4/14/15 6:45pm

A Nest of Copper Foam Lets This Tiny PC Run Silently Without Fans

You eventually tune it out, but the constant whir of a desktop computer's cooling fans can take a toll on your psyche. It's like a buzzing mosquito that never strikes, and never stops. So the folks at a German company called Silent Power have created a compact desktop PC that trades noisy fans for a block of exposed… »7/30/14 3:19pm7/30/14 3:19pm

How Do I Know When to Upgrade My PC or Just Build a New One?

Dear Lifehacker,
My computer is getting a little old. I built it myself, but I'm not sure whether it's worthwhile to upgrade individual things like my processor or video card or whether I should just start from scratch and build a new rig. How can I tell when it's time to upgrade and when I should start over? »5/05/14 2:36pm5/05/14 2:36pm