The Star Rating system is intended to reflect an individual PC at it's maximum upgrade potential. Systems will NOT be defaulted with the highest options possible. The Star Rating can provide a quick relative metric for how upgradeable a PC is.
How fast can the CPU, Motherboard, and Memory go?
= Two physical CPUs.
Extremely heavy workloads, virtualization, extreme gaming, and professional media creation.
= Top-of-the-line (Socket 2011) CPU.
Super powerful CPUs, loads of memory great for a professional environment or performance enthusiast. If you need a PC for serious work, this is probably your best choice.
= Standard Desktop Processor.
Socket 1150 CPUs powerful enough for ALL standard PC use. Great for movies, music, standard internet browsing, gaming and standard office related tasks.
If you need a standard PC for your daily life, these are your best bet.
= Limited Processor such as a 35 watt Intel i3 CPU.
Standard desktop CPU's but the higher wattages are unavailable. Typically found in smaller builds where heat is a concern. Powerful enough for most office applications, movies, music, standard Internet browsing, and even some very light gaming. If you need a PC in a special form factor or at a lower cost, these are a good choice.
= A low end Integrated CPU.
Atoms, NUCs and anything where the CPU is integrated. They run very cool and are inexpensive, but are only really good for music, light office applications, and general Internet use.
How many Hard Drives can be installed?
= 5 or more disk drives.
= 4 disk drives.
= 3 disk drives.
= 2 disk drives.
= Only holds 1 disk drive.
What's the maximum Graphics Card possible?
= TWO physical graphics cards (SLI/Crossfire).
Extremely heavy workloads such as professional media creation, and extreme gaming.
= Top-of-the-line gaming graphics card or a top-of-the-line workstation graphics card.
Extremely powerful, and are very good at intense gaming or graphics work.
= Can use a Video Card but is limited in selection.
Perfect for media playback, office work, general internet use, moderate gaming and multiple monitors.
= Extremely limited video card options
Typically on a PC so small they can only take half-height cards. Great for office work, multiple monitors, media playback, and light gaming.
= No add-in video card options and must use integrated video.
Good for media playback, office work, and general internet use.
How much noise will the PC make?
= Absolutely no moving parts to make noise.
= All silently cooled, using additional silencing options.
Most of our PCs are rated at 4 stars for silence.
= Stock cooling on the video card and/or is cooled with more than 4 silent fans.
Still silent, but are geared more toward performance and gaming.
= Uses Stock Cooling.
We are still able to get the PC very quiet, but there are usually one or two parts that have stock cooling.
= Typical computer noise.
We are quiet PC enthusiasts our fans, power supplies, and CPU coolers are typically very silent. We consider a one star to be the noise of a standard PC.