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

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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

How AMD's Fancy New "Piledriver" Processors Compare To Intel's Ivy Bridge

About this time last year, AMD's new Bulldozer-based FX series launched to bright-eyed system builders who expected the new architecture to challenge Intel's increasingly comfortable position in the upper-end processor market. Unfortunately, Bulldozer wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Its performance fell short of… »10/24/12 4:00pm10/24/12 4:00pm

How to Painlessly Play Max Payne 3 PC on Max Settings

If you've been a gamer for at least a decade, then you will recognize Max Payne as the PC third-person shooter of the early 2000s. Notable for its film noir style and use of the bullet time effect (The Matrix), Max Payne's character went on to surpass anyone's expectations with several console ports, a sequel, and a… »6/07/12 1:00pm6/07/12 1:00pm

Which PC Hardware Works Best With Diablo III?

After 11 years in the making and more setbacks than we care to count, Blizzard has finally unleashed a third installment to its cult classic dungeon crawler. Having waited over a decade, the arrival of Diablo III was a bittersweet moment for eager fans. In what must've felt like a cruel joke, missteps in Blizzard's… »5/18/12 4:00pm5/18/12 4:00pm

What's New With Intel's Z77 Panther Point Chipset

Continuing its tick-tock release cycle, Intel plans to unveil a new CPU microarchitecture at the end of April. Codenamed Ivy Bridge (tick), the update will bring a 22nm die shrink of current 32nm Sandy Bridge technology (tock), bringing greater efficiency and allowing Intel to cram more into the same size die.

Intel… »4/18/12 2:20pm4/18/12 2:20pm

Everything You Need to Know About Intel's Ivy Bridge

Intel is set to roll out its latest generation of processors this spring despite a minor setback affecting ultra low-voltage models — the ones destined for super slim notebooks. By normal standards, the launch should mark a new "tick" in the company's product roadmap, but Intel is going beyond just shrinking the… »4/11/12 3:20pm4/11/12 3:20pm

Which PC Hardware Best Contributes to Mass Effect 3's War Effort?

As you've undoubtedly heard, the third installment of BioWare's Mass Effect »3/14/12 2:00pm3/14/12 2:00pm trilogy hit shelves last Tuesday. Being one of the year's most anticipated launches, it's no surprise to see it with an . However, in what has become common among high-profile PC game releases, tons of have slapped the title with negative…