While it is more than likely that at this point in time you have at the very least heard about technical aspects of computing or computer components, it is less likely that you actually know what these technical terms mean, or how these components interact with each other or even their basic functions.
For some it would even be a surprise to learn that a computer is not really a single thing that does everything we need it to, but rather a collection of different parts that are designed to work with each other in order to accomplish those tasks.
Some examples of what these parts are:
- Input/output devices. Such as monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and everything that allows the user to interact directly with the machine and vice-versa.
- GPUs. Dedicated video cards can have many uses, although the main one by far is for video games. Most machines come with integrated graphics, however. These integrated solutions are much less powerful, but cover the needs of most PC users.
- Motherboard. One of the most important parts, everything connects to the motherboard, and everything can interact with everything else through the MB.
- RAM. Random Access Memory, this short storage memory allows the computer to perform more tasks faster.
- CPU. Second most important part of the PC. You can think of it as the brain of your machine.
- PSU. The power supply of the PC. Provides power to components.
For this article, we will be centring on the last one of these components: the PSU. We will go over what it is, where it goes and how it works.
For starters, PSU stands for Power Supply Unit, and it is exactly what it says on the tin: a supplier of power to all of the machine’s components.
We have mentioned before that the CPU and Motherboard are the two most important parts of a PC, and with good reason. That doesn’t mean that the Power Supply Unit is less important at all, since without it there would be nothing to allow the Motherboard or CPU to even start functioning.
But, it is a matter of common sense to actually supply power to electronic components, and thus the power supply is rather taken for granted. You’ll need one, so what’s the point in reminding people to get one?
Well, there’s several reasons you’d need to be reminded to get a PSU, not least of which is the fact that, like all other computer parts, power supply units are not all made equal. Some have slicker features, some are quieter, and most importantly the wattage in each PSU varies depending on the model. Add to this the fact that some unscrupulous manufacturers have been flooding the market with shoddy product that doesn’t perform nearly as well as advertised and you have a recipe for many, many fried PCs.
Having said all this, what should you look for in a power supply then? Most people make the mistake of thinking that more wattage is synonymous with better, which is not necessarily the case.
Follow these simple steps in order to be able to more easily determine what power supply is right for you:
- Choose well-known or at least well-reviewed brands. Generic PSUs will end up costing you double when they fail. Go with known quality names instead.
- Research. Even some of those well-reviewed and known names can put out a dud once in a while, so be sure to research everything beforehand.
- Check the output, not the peak power. Most PSUs can only operate at peak power for short periods of time, so this is in no way an indication of the power of the PSU. Look for a continuous power rating to decide.
- Plan for the future. If you are planning to improve your PC as time goes by, make absolutely sure that you get a power supply that is going to be able to handle the additions.
- Look for a high efficiency rating. Higher efficiency units tend to have better components, waste less power, and generate less heat. Look for 80 plus certified units. This means that the power supply is able to use more than 80% of its rated wattage (losing the other 20% as heat, which is just inevitable).
- Cables. This is more of a convenience sort of point. Some units come with cables hard-wired to them, which means that — depending on your build — you might find yourself with a surplus of cables to tuck away somewhere in order to avoid disasters. A modular or semi-modular PSU offers a cleaner solution to this problem by having removable cables. Simple as that, and allows for a cleaner inside.
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