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Windows 7: What Power Supply Should I Use?

04 Jul 2010   #1
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
What Power Supply Should I Use?

My friend is building a computer and is wondering what Power Supply Unit to use?

Any suggestions


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04 Jul 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I recommend Antec. Have a look in Newegg.com.
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04 Jul 2010   #3
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thank you, i will look
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04 Jul 2010   #4
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

The most powerful you can afford with today's components.


Steve
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04 Jul 2010   #5
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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04 Jul 2010   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

And then after reading the link above, avoid the cheap ones,

The Bargain Basement Power Supply Roundup Review

That is a couple of years old now, but still just as relevant today as when it was written.
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04 Jul 2010   #7
madtownidiot

 

Figure out how much wattage each component will consume and add 30 percent to that. If you're planning to overclock, double it.
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04 Jul 2010   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The advertised wattage is actually one of the least important factors.

The amperage on the 12V rail is most important
2nd would be efficency
And 3rd would be the wattage
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06 Jul 2010   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Seasonic and Corsair are pretty much default good brands. Antec and Fortron/FSP generally pretty good too.

What you need depends on what components are in the PC and we have no idea about that.

Too many people buy on the basis of watts, subject to their budget, and end up with a a mediocre unit, when a less powerful but high quality PSU would be much preferable.

There are only a few PSU manufacturers---but there are dozens of brands. Which means that many of the brands contract with the manufacturer to build a PSU subject to the brand's specifications and intended price point. The brands often choose to use cheapo internal components and then sell the thing based on an inflated wattage rating. Why not----people eat it up. If 350 is good, then surely 650 is better, right? Right?
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