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...

Holiday Buyers Guide, Part I: CPUs, GPUs, Mobos, and RAM

It's that time of year again, when everyone is giving and receiving presents. Whether you're looking for something for that special someone or just begging for handouts, we have...

23 by Editorial Staff on 11/21/2007

November 2007 Budget Buyers' Guide

We show you how a $1000 budget gaming machine can get you nearly the same performance as that of a high-end PC just two weeks ago.

63 by Jonathan Maloney and Jarred Walton on 11/8/2007

October 2007 Midrange Buyer's Guide

$1500 can buy a lot of computer these days. We put that statement to the test with four different midrange configurations targeting different usage patterns.

41 by Jarred Walton on 10/15/2007

High-End Buyers' Guide: May 2007

Come see what the cream of the computing crop is in this, our latest high-end buyers' guide.

69 by Dave Robinet and Jarred Walton on 5/29/2007

April 2007 Buyers' Guides: Budget and Midrange Configurations

We provide an updated look at the current market trends, with advice and recommendations for budgets ranging from $700-$1500.

46 by Jarred Walton on 4/20/2007

January 2007 Buyer's Guide: Midrange Menagerie

The price of progress is outdated systems. We've got updated recommendations for midrange computers that look to put progress back in its place.

43 by Jarred Walton on 1/19/2007

Holiday 2006 Shopping Guide: GPUs

Our Holiday Shopping Guides continue with advice on GPU purchases. No matter how much you're looking to spend, we have recommendations that will help you get the most...

51 by Jarred Walton on 12/13/2006

Holiday 2006 Shopping Guide: CPUs

Looking for advice on what to get your favorite computer geek (or yourself) for the holidays? We will cover all of the major components over the next couple...

30 by Jarred Walton on 11/27/2006

Budget Buyer's Guide - October 2006

Sometimes it's difficult to put together a decent budget PC, especially when the costs of certain components are on the rise. We've got recommendations and advice for those...

71 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2006

High-End Buyer's Guide - October 2006

Looking for a top-quality computer where price is not the primary concern? Our high-end buyers guide has the information you need, along with a quick look at what's...

45 by Jarred Walton on 10/9/2006

Midrange Buyer's Guide - September 2006

A lot of things have changed in the past few months, and we've got top to bottom new recommendations for our latest midrange buyer's guide.

49 by Jarred Walton on 9/26/2006

Price Guide, July 2006: Storage

Join us for a current look into the storage marketplace where we'll also take the time to make various purchase recommendations.

13 by Haider Farhan on 7/17/2006

Price Guide, July 2006: Video Cards

We're back again with a complete overview of most of the video card solutions available today. Read on to see what kind of deals we have found this time around.

33 by Haider Farhan on 7/12/2006

Building a Better Budget PC

People often ask about which components they should use for a budget PC. We'll try to answer exactly that question, as we will be running benchmarks on several popular...

56 by Jarred Walton on 7/10/2006

Price Guide, June 2006: Motherboards

We have an updated look at the motherboard marketplace just as the AM2 and nForce 5xx roll onto the scene.

7 by Haider Farhan on 6/26/2006

Price Guide, June 2006: Processors

Looking for a new AM2 processor to go with AMD's recently launched platform? We've got an updated look at the CPU market and prices with this week's Price Guide.

23 by Jarred Walton on 6/19/2006

Price Guide, June 2006: Storage

We're back again this week with a new storage price guide, bringing you the best available storage deals online!

20 by Haider Farhan on 6/11/2006

Price Guide, May 2006: Video Cards

We know many of you have missed having our weekly price guides to help make your shopping decisions easier, so here we are today with a complete look at...

39 by Haider Farhan on 5/27/2006

Pre-AM2 Mid-Range Buyers' Guide, May 2006

Thinking about upgrading, even with AM2 and Core Duo 2 right around the corner? We've got some analysis on the situation, as well as some currently available recommendations.

56 by Jarred Walton on 5/9/2006

Price Guide, March 2006: CPUs

Join us in this week’s CPU price guide as we point out some hot deals about the latest hardware.

17 by Haider Farhan on 3/27/2006

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