Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed
If wattage is the amount amps is the force at which it's applied.
so 500 watts with very small amps is far less useful than a 500 watt with a strong amp rating.
I'm sure you know the basic laws of electricity, and this was just a poor wording on your behalf...Wattage is amperage times voltage. There is no such thing as XYZ watts with "more" or "less" amperage.
I agree, though: with 500W, you'll probably be OK but 750W would be an ideal spot to have just the right amount of reserve power. Generally, you don't want to run a PSU at its maximum power output without a reserve anyway, as it'll stress it much harder in the long term.
As for 4 cores vs. 6 cores, I'm inclined to say you won't really see a big difference in most apps or games, unless they are multi-threaded enough to really take advantage of executing these threads across more than 4 cores in parallel. And that is rarely the case as of yet, I believe. (Writing multithreaded software isn't easy from all I've heard.)