Antec Power Supplies

Written by Charles Peacock
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Building or upgrading your own computer involves a lot of choices, from which PC case to use to which processor suits your needs best. Aside from the obvious considerations of RAM, media drives and processors, however, there are a few crucial computer parts that are often overlooked. One of these is the PC's power supply--a unit that can make or break your computer and that deserves to be chosen carefully.

Choosing Antec Power Supplies

You won't get much advice when you're shopping for power supplies, partially because many people who get into computer-building don't actually know a lot about electrical engineering. Your computer's parts are extremely sensitive and require a very specific amount of power, and the power supply is the piece that handles this task. When choosing a power supply, always look for a highly rated unit that you know will work with the motherboard and processor you've chosen.

There are two main factors to take into consideration when you're choosing a power supply. The first factor is the design and shape of the supply. Depending on which type of motherboard you're using, you may need a power supply that is ATX-compatible or AT-compatible. If you're building a mini-system, you'll need a smaller power supply that is well-cooled and will fit inside.

The second factor you need to consider is the wattage of the power supply. Basically you'll find that the cheaper a power supply is, the less wattage it is able to handle. Some newer processors and motherboards require a certain amount of wattage, so be sure to consult these statistics before settling on a specific model.

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