Intro and PowerSpec 850 by @tbarggs
The power supply, or PSU, is one of the most important parts of a PC build. This component alone determines whether everything will be supplied with enough power to run or not. So, you always want to make sure you have a quality power supply. Our Micro Center champions have put together a list of some of their favorite power supplies, so you know these come highly recommended.
(we won’t be going in-depth explaining power supplies in this article – check out our FAQ and explainer if you want to learn more about power supplies!)
The power supply I always recommend is the PowerSpec 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply. With 850 watts of power, it ensures you will have enough power for the PC to run efficiently and quietly and will allow you to upgrade other components in the future without having to invest in a new power supply as well.
The PowerSpec 850 is fully modular. This means that routing your cables, and overall cable management in general, will be a lot easier and less of a headache. It also means that you can insert the power supply brick first and then do the wires after as needed which gives a much cleaner look to the overall build. This power supply is meant for an ATX case so it will fit into most standard-sized cases, but it’s always worth double-checking measurements before purchasing!
Overall, I always recommend this power supply to anyone looking to get a quality power supply for a great price!
Looking for something a little different for your power supply? The Corsair RM750 White edition is not only a stellar PSU – 80+ Gold rated, 750 Watt – but it’s also one of the few PSU systems that aren’t the standard black. Plus, it’s fully modular so you know you’ll be keeping your build looking clean and sleek. So, if you’re building a system and want a little extra style and personal flair, look no further.
As a 750 Watt power supply, the RM750 isn’t going to be powering the beefiest machines, but it’s more than capable of handling entry-to-mid-level PCs with ease while still leaving a bit of headroom for upgrades. Plus, being 80+ Gold, it's going to be incredibly efficient, saving you money on your electric bill (over similar PSUs) and helping protect your computer from surges and other electrical damages.
Packed with high-end Japanese capacitors for efficient performance, the Asus Republic of Gamers Thor 850W power supply is packed with innovations to make it one of the best 80+ platinum power supplies on the market. Built with gamers in mind, this power supply has an OLED screen that gives you a real-time display of how much power your gaming rig is using and an ASUS Aura Sync compatible ROG eye illuminates the power supply in sync with your build. That style even extends to the cables, as ASUS has partnered with CableMod to include custom 24-pin, two 6+2 PCI-e, and two 8-pin CPU black-sleeved cables and regular cables in-box. With its patented Wing-blade fan and ROG heatsinks, the power supply will run cool making the internal components last longer. Backed by a 10-year limited warranty, this power supply will give you confidence in its long life cycle.
If you’re building with the biggest and best for your new computer, you’re going to need a power supply with some extra oomph to keep everything running smoothly. Thankfully, the EVGA GQ 1000 Watt has oomph to spare and is ready to handle any top-of-the-line PC.
The GQ 1000 watt is 80+ Gold Certified, an important benchmark for any computer that needs this much power, but it also comes with a number of extra features, like EVGA ECO fan mode, making this monster of a PSU run nearly silently. It’s also semi-modular, so while it won’t have the full freedom of a modular PSU, the attached cables can do a lot to help reduce cable confusion for first-time builders. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’ve never built a computer before, the EVGA GQ will work perfectly for your new PC!
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