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Powering Up Your Custom PC

Aug 15, 2008
If you're thinking of building your dream machine and calling it the computer of the century, then you may want to avoid a common judgment error made by many such enthusiasts. Many people invest large sums into the biggest and the best that money can buy when it comes to hard drives, processors, video cards and all the wonderful extras that make their computer unique, but forget to apply the same reasoning to the power supply. Unlike Frankenstein, your new baby won't jolt to life if your power supply cannot deliver the constant stream of power needed to run such an invention.

If you think about it, the power supply is one of the most important aspects of building your new computer. Without it, all of the parts are just parts and nothing more. Really, it's the equivalent of placing a 62 inch flat screen, high definition television in a home with no electricity and expecting to be able to watch the television without a problem. It won't work unless you provide the television with power. How well the television works once power is supplied depends heavily on the quality and size of the power supply.

As with all things computer (and the world, really), there are choices for power supply. You can choose linear or switching power supplies for your needs depending upon what you envision your computer to be when finished. Then, you need to consider voltage regulations and power ratings. Don't forget to include the math for ensuring efficiency, operating conditions, corrections in usage, and a backup for any power interruptions.

I know this must sound like you need an entire power plant in your home. It's not that bad and you won't need to make any additional trips to the gym to beef up in order to pick up the best quality power supply for your PC that you can. Instead, consider getting the help of a professional if this all sounds like nuts and bolts to you and not currents and waves. Often, by gaining the opinion of the local guru on computer building 101 (i.e. computer tech, or the nice guy down at the computer hardware store), you will find that your needs aren't difficult to accomplish. It's simply a matter of discovering the scope of those needs in a realistic manner that can make a difference in a computer that only looks cool and one that really is cool.

In short, consider your power supply as important as your computer's video capabilities and processor when building your dream machine. If you wouldn't skimp on having that dual core processor that's all the rave of the gaming community and a top of the line video card in order to have the most extreme graphics, then don't shortchange yourself in the department of power supply. It is your power supply that is the true heart of your computer as your computer cannot run without it. Give it a healthy heartbeat by choosing a power supply that won't need a transplant any time soon.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for computer memory, PC supplies, and computer games. When shopping, we recommend the best online stores for Choosing a Power Supply, computer memory, RAM, and used computer games.
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