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Will a too hight psu kill you pc?

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March 15, 2010 4:59:53 PM

I am building my custom gaming pc. I would like to know what happens when your computer needs a 600watt PSU but you use a 700-850watt PSU. Would something bad happen? I know if your power supply can't handle it then there will be major issues so what will happen if its higher than what you need.

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a c 243 ) Power supply
March 15, 2010 5:03:43 PM

You might end up with slightly lower efficiency, other than that your components will only draw the power they need.
a c 139 ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2010 5:05:22 PM

Not to worry. A psu will draw only the power that is demanded of it. A psu operates at it's best efficiency in the middle third of it's range.

If it operates at maximum capacity, the cooling fan will spin up and become noisy. On lower quality units, an underpowered psu may not deliver clean power.

If a psu is much stronger than needed, it will be a little less efficient, and you will have paid more than you needed to.
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March 15, 2010 5:05:51 PM

so if i get one all it will do is slow my pc?
a c 139 ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2010 5:08:21 PM

robin banks uk said:
so if i get one all it will do is slow my pc?


NO NO. A too strong PSU will run just as well as a properly sized one. It has no effect on how fast or slow your PC will work.
March 15, 2010 5:08:58 PM

on the web site i am looking at the cool master 700w with pc case cost less than getting a pccase and a 650PSU
March 15, 2010 5:12:04 PM

if i have a too strong PSU will the life of the psu be short?
a c 139 ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2010 5:16:08 PM

The quality of a PSU is very important.
Good quality PSU's come from Corsair, Seasonic, PC P&C, Antec to name a few.

The only vendor of cases that I would buy a PSU from is Antec.

Here are a couple of links to lists of PSU quality:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/154057-jonnygur...

Look to tier 1 or 2 only.

If a good psu has sufficient 6 /8 pin pci-e connectors for your graphic/s cards then it should be OK.
The wattage of a PSU is not as important as the amps it can deliver on the 12v rails.
a c 139 ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2010 5:16:41 PM

robin banks uk said:
if i have a too strong PSU will the life of the psu be short?


No.
a c 248 ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2010 5:21:52 PM

Coolermaster? The company is known for very good pc cases. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of their power supplies. Their psu's are not stellar performers.

The general rule of thumb is a high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the +12 volt rail(s) can easily power a system with any single video card made. A high quality 700 to 750 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the +12 volt rail(s) can power a system with two video cards operating in dual mode. There are a few exceptions like the new ATI Radeon HD 5XXX series cards which use less power due to their energy efficiency.

A high quality 500 to 550 watt psu will have a +12 volt rail rated at 40 amps. A high quality 700 to 750 watt psu will have a +12 volt rail rated at 60 amps.

In addition the power supply should be at least 80+ Bronze certified for energy efficiency. There are some models available which have achieved 80+ Silver and 80+ Gold Certifications.

Before purchasing a new psu you will need to decide whether you will eventually have a pc with one or two video cards.

Corsair and Seasonic are two of the brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Some of the newer models come with a 7 year warranty. Lately we've been seeing a few other brands offering some high quality units. One example would be the Antec Truepower New series which is a major improvement over Antec’s older psu’s like the Basiq models.
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