For today's holiday buyer's guide we're taking a look at power supplies. I want to kick off this year's guide by once again discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users: that a higher wattage PSU will be better. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that because all switching PSUs have been designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load - about 50% of their rated maximum capacity - that the efficiency of a PSU at any given moment is strongly tied to the load on that PSU. A PSU's performance will drop not only at higher loads but at lower loads as well, and this is especially the case at the low-end of the curve - usually...

Price Guides March 2004: CPU and Motherboards

Looking to buy a new motherboard or processor? Find out what we recommend and when we recommend you should buy it...

7 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/15/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Overclocking System - March 2004

Today, we release the Overclocker's version of our Weekly Buyer's Guides with a slightly new format. Read on to find out our overclocking components picks for this week...

33 by Evan Lieb on 3/10/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Cutting Edge System - March 2004

Today we release the Cutting Edge version of our Weekly Buyer's Guides. Read on to find out our cutting edge components picks for this week...

41 by Evan Lieb on 3/3/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range System

This week, we are publishing our Buyer's Guides on mid-range systems. Read on to find out more...

22 by Evan Lieb on 2/26/2004

Price Guides February 2004: Magnetic and Optical Storage

This week we take a refresh on some storage news as well as our weekly recommendations for IDE, SATA and DVDR storage devices.

6 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/25/2004

Weekly Buyer's Guide: Budget System

This week we are relaunching our Buyer's Guides due to popular demand. Read on to find out more...

50 by Evan Lieb on 2/17/2004

Price Guides February 2004: Memory and Soon-To-Be-Obsolete AGP Video Cards

We cleaned up our memory section just in time for this week's guide. We have some interesting news relating to memory supplies, as well as a comprehensive analysis...

20 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/10/2004

Price Guides February 2004: CPU and Motherboards

Hot on the heels of the Prescott NDA, we have a full analysis of last weeks price drops, as well as weekly recommendations and upcoming chipset analysis.

7 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/3/2004

Price Guides December 2003: The Year in Component Prices

As the year draws to a close, we took this opportunity to reflect on CPU, Video Card, Memory and Motherboard trends from the last 12 months. Without further ado, let us...

5 by Kristopher Kubicki on 12/25/2003

Price Guides December 2003: Holiday CPU & Motherboard Guide

This week was a flurry of news; we will touch on Intel's Prescott announcements, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition's REAL pricing, ATI's AMD core logic announcement, and SiS's return to...

10 by Kristopher Kubicki on 12/7/2003

Price Guides November 2003: Video Cards and Memory

Over the last couple weeks we saw the retail debut of GeForceFX 5700 and 5950. Today we take a full analysis of how the new IBM manufacturered GPUs...

7 by Kristopher Kubicki on 11/23/2003

Price Guides November 2003: CPU and Motherboards

Intel and AMD's "official" price cuts came 2 weeks after we started seeing changes, but prices are still on the move. NVIDIA, VIA, SiS, AMD, ALI and Intel...

4 by Kristopher Kubicki on 11/2/2003

Price Guides October 2003: Video Cards

Need some hot video card deals? With all the video card madness happening lately, we thought we would take a weekly update with just NVIDIA and ATI video cards...

28 by Kristopher Kubicki and Howard Johnson on 10/18/2003

Price Guides October 2003: CPU and Memory

Unfortunately, the Athlon 64 launch negatively effected the pricing on Athlon XP chips. This week we take a look at AMD and Intel CPUs, plus DDR memory.

19 by Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on 10/13/2003

Price Guides September 2003 IDF Edition: CPU, Motherboards and Video Cards

How have DX9 announcements affected video cards? Will Intel’s Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and Athlon 64 alter upcoming CPU prices? XT/SE, K8T800, nForce3, XGI and more new...

17 by Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on 9/18/2003

Price Guides August 2003: CPUs, Motherboards, Memory and Video Cards

August and July brought us several new products, including DDR500, single channel nForce2 motherboards and 256MB incarnations of ATI and NVIDIA video cards. Fortunately for us, we have...

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 8/26/2003

Sometimes Weekly Price Guides: Motherboards and Video Cards

It's been a more than a week since the last guide, but a volatile motherboard and video card market has prompted us to put out a quick look at...

2 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/16/2003

Weekly Hardware Price Guides: May 2003 Edition

The last few weeks have been full of new activity including new products from ATI, Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA. Check out recommendations and feel free to use our...

0 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/26/2003

Price Guides: Past, Present and Future

We are very proud to become the first independent review site with our own RealTime Price Engine. Never wait for a price guide again!

1 by Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on 5/5/2003

Weekly CPU & Memory Price Guide: March 2003 1st Edition

New AMD, Intel and DDR news has spun prices and performance charts in circles. Take a look at this weeks analysis of whats going on in the Memory...

2 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/23/2003

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