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...
A short story for those looking to shop this weekend for a new processor, video card, or memory.
Gary Key on 4/18/2009
We assemble four systems geared for value and performance using AMD Phenom II, Intel Core 2, and Core i7 processors. The $800 to $1800 price range covers a lot...
Wesley Fink on 4/7/2009
It's been since the holidays that we've done a GPU buyers guide. It never seems like the right time to do a new GPU buyers guide, as NVIDIA and...
Derek Wilson on 3/30/2009
Entry, Bargain, or HTPC - $800 can buy a lot of PC these days.
Wesley Fink on 3/16/2009
Phenom II is generating new excitement for AMD Buyers. We look at Phenom II systems built for value, maximum overclocking, and top performance.
Wesley Fink on 3/2/2009
Intel Core i7 is the only real high-end choice today. We take a closer look at Core i7 Systems built for value, maximum overclocking, and "go for the gold".
Wesley Fink on 2/5/2009
With four systems geared for value and performance from AMD Phenom II to Intel Core i7, the $1000 to $2000 price range covers a lot of computer real estate.
Wesley Fink on 1/12/2009
Entry, Budget, or HTPC: $1000 can buy a lot of PC these days.
Wesley Fink on 12/29/2008
We take a look at our favorite hard disks and optical drives for the desktop.
Gary Key on 12/19/2008
There are a huge number of PC suppliers out there, and everyone has different needs when it comes to a desktop system. In this guide, provide our recommendations for...
Matt Campbell on 12/19/2008
Has your CRT finally given its last gasp of electrons? Perhaps you just upgraded to an HD 4870X2 and now need a display with a resolution that can justify...
Jarred Walton on 12/18/2008
The past 30 days have seen significant price cuts on GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA. If you're still looking to upgrade your video card, now may be...
Derek Wilson on 12/18/2008
Choosing a Case and Power Supply can be a source of heartburn. This guide will help you navigate the choices.
Wesley Fink on 12/16/2008
We take a look at the hottest memory products available today for both DDR2 and DDR3 users.
Gary Key on 12/16/2008
Looking to build or upgrade systems during the holiday season? We've got motherboard recommendations for any and all price points.
Gary Key on 12/15/2008
Ever thought of making the move to digital audio on a PC for all your listening needs? Prices may not be for the faint of heart, but the end...
Rajinder Gill on 12/1/2008
Laptops are one of the fastest growing segments of computer purchases these days, so we felt it was high time we provided a guide for getting the most bang...
Jarred Walton on 7/11/2008
In part one we purchase components from Patriot, Zotac, Jetway, and others for two uATX systems. Following a budget can be a very difficult thing to do...
Gary Key on 5/27/2008
Following up with our series on useful software utilities, we take a look at the situation for motherboard utilities
Ryan Smith on 12/12/2007
We've got a list, we've checked it twice, and now we're just looking for a good bank loan. Then we can buy new cases, power supplies, and storage components.
Jarred, Gary, and Christoph on 11/28/2007