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Gain Power Supply Unit Knowledge before Buying One

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Know the Power Supply Before Buying it

Whether purchasing a new power supply unit (PSU) for your used computer or one you’re building, do not settle on a cheap on. An entire system receives power from a PSU, your awesome graphic card or top-of-the-line motherboard are at risk of malfunctioning when using a bad one.

This does not mean however that you must choose an expensive model, there are budget PSUs available to keep costs down while building your own rig. To ensure you make the right choice, need power supply unit knowledge before heading out for your purchase.

Wattage = Continuous – VS – Peak 

One of the first things you need to consider when purchasing a new PSU is the amount of wattage your PC will need. You need to ensure enough watts are able to be delivered to the different parts of the computer. Some PSU models available provide as little as 300W while others go as high as 1200W.

When looking at packaging for PSUs, these numbers boldly displayed for consumers to see. However, you want to know if that number is continuous wattage or peak wattage. Peak wattage shows what a unit can provide for a quick minute before falling back to a lower number. Continuous would indicate a how many watts a PSU can provide continually without any number fluctuation. A models specification page can usually provide you with these details.

To make your purchasing easier, look for a PCUs continuous wattage while ignoring peak.

Efficient Power Supply Units

To not only be nice to the planet earth, be kind to your utility bill by purchasing an efficient PSU. Your outlet sends AC power to the PSU, converting it over to DC power then sends it to all the different parts in the PC. During conversion, some of the energy tends to get wasted. What this means, you want a PSU which wastes as little energy as possible when sending power to all the different parts in your PC.

So, an efficiency of 80% shows a unit able to convert 80% of AC power while a unit with 50% can convert 50% of AC to DC power. When looking for an efficient PSU, the highest rating is 80% Plus. These also have an advantage of running cooler.

Is a Power Supply Unit Worth the Investment

Like already stated above, do not settle for a cheap PSU. These units supply power to different parts in your PC basically affecting every piece in there. Not only are your parts better protected by a better PSU, they last much longer than the cheap models. If you plan on upgrading your PC in the future in which you’ll need a higher watt power supply, you can find plenty of buyers that will offer you a good price for this one.

You can also use these tips to increase your computer’s power supply.

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