How to choose the right power supply for your system

December 9, 2012 | By | Reply More

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Choosing the right power supply can be daunting especially with the many factors to be considered like brands, form, sizes, connectors and prices.

Buying power supplies on a rush can lead to adverse consequences you don’t want yourself to get into as most malfunctions and failure comes from lower-end units.

In this regard, the following tips will help you make educated purchases in the future.

power cableMake sure that the dimensions such as width, length, and height of the power supply unit fits your enclosure or at least nearly identical to the one you’re looking for. For accuracy, consider checking your manuals for specifications.

As much as we don’t want to be brand focused, sometimes, brands spell a whole lot difference in terms of reliability and performance. Trusted brands that you may have experience using in the past will always be first in line.

Thirdly, you must pay attention to any devices you have that may require special power because you cannot apply the one-size-fits-all policy on some devices not to mention 24-pin versus 20-pin ATX connectors.

You must always go for the maximum power rating which highly exceeds your total drain from all your devices. This allows room for any additional device that you may add in the future.

Noise are normally reduced by power supply dampeners and shock absorbers thus reducing vibration-related noise associated with the unit shaking its attachment.

While price can be a factor also, always go for better performing brands and as your power supply goes hand-in-hand with your system, always make sure you also have a spare of reliable power cables for your system. It goes well with highly performing power supply to give you a smooth performing system every now and then.

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