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 Guide, October 2005: CPUs

In this October 2005 edition of our CPU price guides, we look at Intel's steady but solid dual core pricing, the recent drop in AMD's X2 prices, and a...

37 by Haider Farhan on 10/29/2005

Price Guides, October 2005: Storage

Our latest Price Guide has details on the Seagate's 7200.9 drives. SAS drives are also starting to become more common.

17 by Jarred Walton & Haider Farhan on 10/15/2005

Entry Level Buyer's Guide, October 2005

The quest for the best bang-for-the-buck continues. How low can we go without sacrificing necessary features?

35 by Jarred Walton on 10/14/2005

Price Guides, October 2005: Video Cards

The card to buy this week is the X800GTO². We've got some analysis on this card, plus some details on GeForce 6600GT's allocation, X800GT/GTO, and tidbits about ATI's...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Howard Johnston on 10/1/2005

Mid-Range Buyer's Guide, September 2005

Looking for a system that will last you several years? Our latest Guide for a complete system should help you out!

56 by Jarred Walton on 9/19/2005

Price Guides, September 2005: Motherboards

Chaintech news, ULi's M1695 and new boards from MSI, ASROCK and Biostar!

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Howard Johnston on 9/16/2005

Price Guides, August 2005: Labor Day CPUs

New "E6" Venice chips, Turions, Socket 939 Opterons, and more dual core chips than you can shake a stick at inside!

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Howard Johnston on 9/4/2005

Price Guides, August 2005: Storage

500GB hard drives are now available in the retail channel. We also have details on SAS, LightScribe and new Western Digital SATA IO drives!

14 by Cara Hamm on 8/28/2005

Price Guides, August 2005: Video Cards

NVIDIA's 7800GT series enters the channel on time, resulting in a shake-up of prices all across the NVIDIA high end. Meanwhile, ATI's subtle introduction of the X800 and...

23 by Anand Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 8/14/2005

Price Guides August 2005: Motherboards

AMD's new X2 3800+ shifts the dual core advantage back into AMD's court; and with nForce4 prices as cheap as they are, motherboards never looked so good.

15 by Kristopher Kubicki and Howard Johnson on 8/6/2005

Price Guides - July 2005: More 64-bit CPUs

Socket 939 Opterons, 64-bit Pentium 4s, 64-bit Semprons, and a low budget dual core Athlon 64 very soon! Come one, come all, CPU details this week inside!

26 by Derek Wilson & Manveer Wasson on 7/23/2005

Entry Level Buyer’s Guide, July 2005

We have updated recommendations for the budget sector in this Buyer’s Guide.

57 by Jarred Walton on 7/20/2005

Price Guides, July 2005: Storage

More SATA IO drives, SAS previews and big deals on old PATA hardware. Read on for more...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Manveer Wasson on 7/10/2005

Price Guides, June 2005: Video Cards

What better time to have a video card price guide than just a few days after NVIDIA launched their new graphics generation. We have the low down on...

18 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/26/2005

Price Guides June 2005: Motherboards

What dad wouldn't want a new motherboard for Father's Day? New Intel chipsets plus details on ATI's Crossfire inside. Socket 754 motherboards have bottomed out, and nForce4 prices are...

12 by Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on 6/19/2005

Buyer's Guide: Mid-Range to High-End, May 2005

Our latest Buyer's Guide takes a look at the moderate to extreme price and performance segments, starting at around $1500. For those who aren't looking to build a...

60 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2005

Price Guides, May 2005: Processors

Inside this week's edition: dual core AMD chips, second generation 90nm Athlon 64s, 64-bit Intel processors, and some details on Intel's upcoming release schedule.

23 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/22/2005

Price Guides, May 2005: Storage

SATA II drives are available now, and they are competitive. How does SATA versus PATA stack up this month? Details inside!

16 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/8/2005

Price Guides, April 2005: Video Cards

Did you get a fat IRS refund? Isn't an X800 XL the best $300 gift that you could give yourself?

41 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/23/2005

Price Guides April 2005: Motherboards

nForce4 for Intel isn't shipping yet, and probably for good reason. Also, we look at nForce4 on Socket 754. Intel 945 and 955 boards ship real soon - is...

22 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/10/2005

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