How many watts should a power supply need? I heard that more watts=less crashes, and a number of people say things like 350 watts is the number to get right now, but I want to know: Am I buying a lot more watts than I need? I've been aiming at an Enermax 431 Watt PS.
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Get the biggest PSU you can afford, it can never hurt and you can never have too much.
PSU's only draw as much current as your system requires, that means you could have a 450 watt and a 300 watt PSU, and if your computer is only drawing 250 watts, then both PSU's will be running identical.
Some people believe that big PSU's draw alot of electricity and therefor run up your electric bill, but that is just a myth. Like I said up above, they only draw as much as needed.
So you will want as big a PSU as you can afford, because it will never hurt. It comes in handy if you ever happen to be doing alot of things at the same time....like playing games, listening to music, printing, scanning, etc...thats when a big PSU will kick in and give your system juice, where a small PSU might not provide adequate power and lockup your system or crash.
Hope this helped!
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