This month, we’re bringing lots of small updates to our main build chart (and reaffirming some decisions from last month):
With Intel fleshing out their 9th-generation range, now comes the i5-9400. So we take a look at what it takes to build a balanced PC with this $185 CPU!
With the release of the highly-anticipated i9-9900k, gamers running Intel systems may still be wondering whether it’s worth upgrading to this pricey CPU, even over less-expensive options like the i7-9700k and the year-old i7-8700k. It can be tempting to default to the latest flagship model, but that may not be the best option for every builder.
PLEASE NOTE: We now have a thorough, regularly updated big guide article on building a PC for Apex Legends over on our main site. Check it out!
Now that you have read our warning, you may return to the content of this older blog post:
Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale title from the creators of Titanfall, launched on February 4 and quickly became a huge hit, gaining 25 million players in its first week. Built off the Titanfall universe, the game unites players in squads of three to battle it out against 20 other teams, all vying to be the last squad standing.
The game’s success is thanks in large part to how well the game runs on a variety of PC specs. But for this article, our purpose is simple: We’ll recommend PC builds for two different budgets, both intended to run the game smoothly—one for playing at 1080p with max settings, and one for playing at 4K with max settings.
Two new high-end, arguably-professional-grade Intel CPUs made their debut in late 2018: the i9-9900k and the i7-9800x, which come endowed with higher core counts, higher thread counts, and higher price tags than the previous generation of Intel CPUs.
They offer different features and are designed for compatibility with different chipsets. New Intel builders with hefty budgets and those looking to upgrade their high-end Intel workstation desktops will want to take a close look at these options.
There are new high-end CPUs available from Intel, and new low-end CPUs available from AMD. And we’ve taken a look at both!
April brought us the official release of the full range of 8th-Gen Intel CPUs, including the i3-8300T. As such, it seems only right that we take a look at what we can build with this power-efficient CPU!
With the launch of the new Ryzen+ R5 CPUs comes the age-old debate once again: which is better, AMD or Intel?
Although some of us are happy enough to mess around with overclocking CPU, GPU, and RAM, others of us prefer to just boot up, install, and go. That is where an option like the i5-8600 comes in! In this guide, we look at a solid build to compliment the out-of-the-box performance of the i5-8600.