Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'VE GOT THE POWER

Hi guys, Tim here bringing you a quick post about power supplies.

When I'm building a new PC, there are two things i like to future proof. These are the case and PSU.

Choosing the right power supply is very important during initial construction. You need to find something that wont burn out and will be able to power everything you throw at it and more.

Brands: Brand name plays a big role in deciding which power supply you should get. Buying a generic PSU could lead to disastrous results. some of the brand names I trust are: Thermaltake, Corsair and Coolermaster. There are some more less known brands that produce fine PSUs, however, research should be conducted before choosing these brands.


Power: Wattage plays a big role in future proofing or in power hungry rigs. Making sure you have what you need is imperative especially in multi GPU systems.



Modular design: A modular designed power supply can be very helpful for people working with small cases. Power supplies with large wattage tend to clog up cases with too many cables. Being able to remove these cables when appropriate cuts down on clutter and avoids decreasing airflow.


If you have your own say on power supplies or would like to mention other brands you have please leave a comment.

50 comments:

  1. I built my own machine too :) Nice blog!

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  2. I would build if I knew how. I'll have to stick with basics.

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  3. I use corsair myself, so I fully support this post. I am going to be building a new box in about 2 months, and will catalog the process on my blog!

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  4. Corsair makes a solid product, nice choice!

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  5. if you don't buy modular you experience nothing but anger and an ugly case

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  6. looks like a sweet thing you have going here man! i just go with factory stuff :P

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  7. My current PSU is Antec and it's perfect :D

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  8. never had to buy a power supply cause i buy computers pre-assembled

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  9. That badboy looks like a beast!

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  10. Make sure you get modular fo sho

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  11. I'm interested in building a good computer at home, I'm glad I found this blog because even if there is a whole bunch of specs, it is still pretty accessible. Great work!

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  12. I recently built a desktop, went with a corsair. No problems so far, really wish I would have went modular though, a lot of cables with no use I had to hide.

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  13. man I hvae like 40 antec truepower 550s from work in my closet im trying to get rid of T_T

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  14. Man, I'm really glad you posted this because I honestly am quite ignorant about this sort of thing, and your post was quite helpful. I'll definitely be frequenting this blog

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  15. I've never had a power supply with removable cables. That would make things way way easier. *glares at my hassle of a power supply*

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  16. thanks for the info. I'm not planning to build a computer any time soon but I was sure interesting

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  17. That one looks super nice! how much?

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  18. i'll come back to you if i build a new rig

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  19. We always go for over-wattage here just as a rule of thumb. That way if you want to upgrade the GPU or whatever you don't have to worry about having enough juice.

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  20. that's a crazy power supply..must admit I've never had anything but a stock power supply unit, so that just looks amazing to me!

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  21. I've never built my own computer. Looks like here would be a good place to start.

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  22. My case is huge and way too noisy. I wish I knew the link between case size and noise when I built my PC. Alas, I'm stuck with it.

    Your post has made me consider getting a new one though.

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  23. I don't think I will ever have enough money to buy enough graphic cards to use all the 1200.

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  24. Nice. A lot of people just seem to take the power for granted.

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  25. If you use a power processor and graphics card, you should definitely upgrade your psu. It is better to invest 60 bucks, than lose 400+.

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  26. always invest in a good power supply

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  27. your blog makes me a little depressed lol this is awesome stuff

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  28. People tend to go skimp on their PSU's when building a new PC, and it tends to come back to bite them in the ass.

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  29. I love modular power supplies. They keep my case much cleaner. No random wires hanging around.

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  30. I never really thought much about how the power supply matters, but it makes sense. Thanks for the info!

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  31. I got a Rosewill Xtreme or something that's a 950W.

    It's a bit too much power, uses a lot of energy.

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  32. I don't think i will ever be able to get a pc that will need so much power e___e

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