The power supply (PSU) is a critical part of any PC. It powers all the components in your PC, and a bad or faulty one can bring everything down. Here’s what to look for in a power supply while putting together a PC. A PSU Is a Critical Piece of PC Infrastructure When we turn on a light, open a faucet, or walk down a nicely paved street, we don’t often think about the wondrous infrastructure making all that possible. But if somebody hadn’t taken the time to think about it, things wouldn’t be so wondrous. It’s the same when building a PC. We get obsessed with how many cores a CPU has or the number of compute units in a GPU . But rarely do we think twice about the power supply unit (PSU,) which provides power to everything else in your PC. You don’t need to think about your power supply too much, of course. But, if you don’t consider the PSU at all, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about it a lot once it starts causing problems. If your computer doesn’t get … [Read more...] about How Important Is the Power Supply (PSU) When Building a PC?
Many CPUs come with a free cooler. This is fantastic since it means you have one less component to buy when building a new PC. But many PC builders believe these coolers aren’t worth using. You can definitely buy better CPU coolers than the one that comes with your CPU—but should you? The answer comes down to how you use your PC and how hot your CPU gets when in use. It’s All About Keeping Your CPU Cool The key thing that any CPU cooler needs to do, obviously, is to keep your processor from getting too hot. If your CPU cooler does a good job of that, then it’s fine. Generally, this means any temperature above 80 degrees Celsius. CPUs generally have a maximum safe limit of around 100 degrees Celsius, but PC components degrade faster if they are constantly forced to operate at higher temperatures. If your CPU is always hitting 80 degrees or higher, then it’s likely that your processor won’t last as long as it otherwise would. Also, when a processor gets too hot, it will … [Read more...] about When Should You Buy an Aftermarket CPU Cooler?