Release Notes: Don't Let Economic Woes Keep YOU from Being Maximum


Release Notes: Don't Let Economic Woes Keep YOU from Being Maximum

In times of hardship, it’s important that we, the people, step up and do our civic duty. That’s why, in light of the harsh economic conditions we all face today, I implore everyone to spend more money on computers. LOTS more money. With hardware vendors reporting the worst holiday season of all time, they desperately need you to buy more components and build new PCs. And so-called “budget” machines won’t cut the mustard. You need to buy $1,000 CPUs and multiple $500 videocards. Think 6GB of RAM is enough? Think again. Now, all this PC construction will undoubtedly require tough sacrifices in other areas: Your kids may not get to go to “college.” You may need to cut back on your “food” budget. You may need to turn off non-essential services like “water” and “garbage collection.” Just remember that baloney and ramen taste better when you have a rig that can run Crysis at 2560x1600 with everything turned all the way up. Yes, power user, some things are worth tough sacrifices.

Wait. That’s terrible advice.

I don’t want you to mortgage your children’s future or live on reconstituted noodles for the sake of a few extra frames per second. When times are hard—and I know that they’re hard for a lot of folks right now—necessities come first. And as much as we’d all like to think that a 30-inch flat panel and a new videocard are necessities, they aren’t. However, just because times are tough doesn’t mean you can’t continue to follow the basic spirit of our Pure PC Power philosophy. It simply means you’ll need to work on getting more from your existing rig.
That’s what we’re going to do in Maximum PC. Sure, we’ll still tell you all about the latest, greatest hardware, but in addition to that, we’re going to devote more pages to showing you how to get more from the kick-ass PC that’s already under your desk. Our first step is to expand our how-to section, adding pages and running multiple step-by-step DIY guides every single month. We’re also going to ever-so-slightly tweak our approach to product reviews. Maximum PC has always lauded raw performance at pretty much any cost. We’re not changing that, but we are going to seek out and make special note of products that offer great performance for a great value. Finally, due to popular demand, we’ve brought Best of the Best back to the magazine, and made it better than ever. In addition to all the classic categories, we’ve added CPU recommendations and also included budget and midrange suggestions for every category where they make sense. Check it out at

Let me know what you think of the changes we’ve made and be sure to send me your favorite PC performance tweaks. As always, you can reach me at



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