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A Problem of Appreciation
Let’s try and look at this from a different point of view: What does a computer do? When you get right down to it, a computer processes electricity, right? In a digital world, electricity means 1, no electricity means 0. From this perspective, we may start to grasp the worth of a good power supply.
The Importance of Consistency
|You see, while a power supply is supposed to supply a steady voltage, when you look at the voltage closely, you’ll find it looks more like the graph to the left…anything but steady! The better the power supply, the less the voltage jumps around.|
Recognizing the Good
Of course, there is always the scientific method – I could grab one of each kind of power supply and run some tests to see what kind of performance each provided, what quality of capacitors was in each, or somesuch. That sounds like a lot of work, so I’m just going to recommend some brand names that I have had good luck with, and whose manufacturers I trust to build quality products. Enermax is the first that comes to mind, I have an old-model Enermax EG365P-VE which has been running my constantly-being-upgraded PC for at least 2 or 3 years now – it has nice solid cabling, long leads for the drive cables, a slick-looking black wrap around the wire-bundle that connects to the motherboard, and has kept my PC very reliable. The second brand I would recommend is Antec. Antec is a proven name – they’ve been around for almost two decades now, and their power supplies are not only quality-built, but feature some of the lowest noise-levels in the industry.