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 2005: Processors

Intel has six new processors since our last look at their lineup, and AMD counters by introducing a new Mobility initiative.

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/27/2005

Buyer's Guide - Entry Level to Mid-Range, March 2005

After several months of stasis, there are finally some noteworthy changes in our budget PC recommendations. We cover the recommendations from the basic PCs up through moderate...

59 by Jarred Walton on 3/15/2005

Price Guides, March 2005: Storage

This week, we found some great deals on Raptors, 7200.8s and MaXLines as well.

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/7/2005

Price Guides, February 2005: Video Cards

Now you can buy Radeon X800XL, but does it make sense? We have picks for high low and mid-range across the board in this week's price guide.

33 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/19/2005

Price Guides, February 2005: Motherboards

Are you ready for PCIe on Athlon 64 motherboards?

21 by Kristopher Kubicki on 2/12/2005

Beating the System: The AnandTech Guide to Economic Upgrading

Does upgrading often seem like a lot of guesswork? In this article, we plan to show you how to build a working pricing model to determine the best...

50 by Kristopher Kubicki & Jarred Walton on 1/30/2005

Price Guides - January 2005: CPUs Galore

nForce4 boards look very tempting. Do you have a CPU picked out already? We take a look at trends and deals in this week's edition of the price guides.

9 by Vinney Shimpi on 1/23/2005

Buyer's Guide - Mid-Range, January 2005

Are you ready to finally upgrade to a PCI Express Athlon 64? You may want to check out our latest Guide, as we cover this topic along with...

46 by Jarred Walton on 1/21/2005

Buyer's Guide - Entry Level, January 2005

We return to the budget computing sector with our Guides and a look at what has - and hasn't - changed since the last Budget...

31 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2005

Video Cards Price Guide: Demystifying December Edition

Check out some the new Price Engine announcement and then browse our video card choices for this week.

24 by Kristopher Kubicki on 12/5/2004

Gaming Buyer's Guide - November 2004

Building a computer that is everything to everyone is simply not possible. Since gaming is a popular topic in regards to computer configurations, and with the launch of...

69 by Jarred Walton on 11/21/2004

Price Guides November 2004: CPU and Motherboards

CPU and motherboard prices remain fairly stable this week as a few new toys arrive in the spotlight. Find out what makes a great deal as we sift...

13 by Adam Rader on 11/18/2004

Price Guides November 2004: Optical and Magnetic Storage

DVD burners are getting faster and cheaper by the day as hard drive prices continue to remain stable. Read on to learn which drives make the final cut...

8 by Adam Rader on 11/6/2004

Price Guides November 2004: Video and Memory

Check out the top picks this week for video and memory components as we continue with our new guide format style.

7 by Adam Rader on 10/30/2004

Price Guides: CPU and Motherboards, October II, 2004 Edition

Technology is changing and so are our Price Guides. Check out our new format and get information on which products stand out this week.

9 by Adam Rader on 10/24/2004

Buyer's Guide - Mid-Range, October 2004

Our latest Mid-Range Buyer's Guide puts a focus on getting the most out of your money. We offer basic recommendations with some alternatives for those interested in content-creation...

54 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2004

Price Guides October 2004: Optical and Magnetic Storage

Storage prices are on the rise again, much like many other PC components. Check to see if there are any bargains still left in this week's Price Guide.

2 by Adam Rader on 10/17/2004

Price Guides October 2004: Video and Memory

Video and memory prices continue to hover with no major drops or spikes over the last few weeks. Find out which products hold their spot for top pick...

6 by Adam Rader on 10/10/2004

Buyer's Guide - Entry Level, October 2004

We bring you the latest installment of our Buyer's Guide; this time, opting to include recommendations for Budget Office and Budget Gaming configurations.

53 by Jarred Walton on 10/6/2004

Price Guides October 2004: CPU and Motherboards

Athlon 64 and Intel's Socket 775 are continuing their push to the front. Find out which ones really stand out among a sea of choices.

4 by Adam Rader on 10/3/2004

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