Choosing the right PSU

When purchasing a power supply, it’s important to know this component, if chosen correctly, should last you for several generations, easily over 10 years. Target the considered wattage around double what your load will be:

To determine your load wattage, just use PC Part Picker to add all your components and see the total system wattage. Gamers use less than this figure, but the system must be prepared to be able to be fully loaded without shutting off.

In other words, knowing the demand is lower and getting a not so great power supply in an attempt to save money is not a worthwhile endeavor.

By going overkill on the power supply, you’ll use less power than what a overloaded lower end unit would require for the same load, and being cognizant to install it in the correct orientation so that it’s fan can draw fresh air in from outside of the case is imperative, you can help ensure your power supply purchase will last through several builds. It’s also critical to clean the case filter that covers the intake fans regularly.

If you are planning a big graphics card upgrade down the road, or would rather not buy a new power supply every generation, overkill is good in this category, check how much wattage it will use using the tool–it’s always cheaper to be prepared by choosing a higher rated unit compared to buying another power supply or overloading a insufficient unit.

For more information, see: PSU / Power Supply | Builds » Mr. Robot

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