Build It: Last year's $800 gaming PC was a bargain, but had significant compromises. This year's model is an $800 hot-rod gaming rig that offers impressive performance. What a difference a year makes!
Rule Number 1 for our Build It systems is this: The stuff we recommend has to be readily available, in stock, at online vendors we would trust with our own money. We don't just go with the lowest price we can find anywhere in the wild land of online commerce. It's got to be in stock, and it's got to be from a company that we wouldn't be scared to give our credit card info to. Of course, prices do fluctuate and you might have better or worse luck than we did. Just remember to shop—a little extra time in a shopping engine can save you some big money in the long run.