Since 2004, a new series of power supplies are available on the market.
The "80+ Certified" means that it actually works at 80% of its characteristics.
Example: A 800W power supply will have a minimal floor of 640W.
Corsair AX1500i 80+ Titanium
The 80+ models work at 80%
The 80+ Bronze models work at 82%
The 80+ Silver models work at 85%
The 80+ Gold models work at 87%
The 80+ Platinum models work at 89%
The 80+ Titanium models work at 90%
The motherboard is a vital component of the PC.
During the ten last years, motherboard have been upgraded with:
The SATA 1,2,3
A greater number of ports
RAM DDR 1,2,3...)
Here is an overview of the evolution of motherboards from 2000 to 2010:
Aopen AX4BS 2001
MSI K8NM nForce 3 2004
Gigabyte GA-X58A 2007
AsusP7F7-E WS 2010
Cache L2, L3
Intel Pentium 120Mhz released in 1995
Pentium and Pentium MMX from 1993 to 1999
Intel Pentium 2 333Mhz SocketPPGA-B615
Intel Pentium 3 733Mhz Socket Slot 1 / SC242
Intel Pentium 3 800Mhz Socket 370
AMD Athlon 1.6Ghz Socket A
The Athlon Barton is a special version of the AMD processor (2003 -2004). It was the easy to overclock.
How to identify an Athlon Barton from other Athlon processors
The middle section the Athlon Barton is larger.
INTEL Integrated to the Motherboard. Don't expect it to run the latest games.
The evolution of GPU
The evolution of GPUs over the last 10 years:
PCI express (1X)
PCI express (16X) Ati Radeon HD 4650 1Gb DDR3 launched in 2010
Hard disk (HDD)
There are several types of HDD
3,5' (PC Desktop) PATA (IDE)
3,5' (PC Desktop) SATA
2,5' (PC Laptops) PATA (IDE)
2,5' (PC Laptops) SATA
External (USB and E-sata)
CD/DVD drives (CD, DVD, BR)
There are several variants of the CD
CD-RW (700Mb) (Rewritable)