The Best PSUs for PC Gaming From be quiet! for Every Budget

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One more thing about wattage – for reliability reasons, you want to look for “Continuous Wattage” rather than “Peak Wattage.” While both of these can reach the power level specified, “Continuous Wattage” confirms that a PSU can work at that level for extended periods, while “Peak Wattage” units might only be able to cope for a short time. Which obviously isn’t ideal.

But of course there’s more to consider than just wattage. For starters, you need to make sure your PSU is the right size for your case. While the most common size is ATX, there are also PSUs designed for micro- and mini- ATX cases. (Don’t worry, be quiet! also has a variety of PC cases designed to meet your specific needs.)

You’ll also have the choice of modular vs. non-modular PSUs. Non-modular PSUs have all the power leads already attached, with those not in use left dangling awkwardly. Modular PSUs, by contrast, let you attach only the connectors you need, making things a whole lot neater and airflow management that much easier. 

Speaking of connectors, make sure that your PSU has the right type and number of connections you need for your setup. Modern GPU setups sometimes need multiple PCIe leads, for example.

Finally, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is not to be cheap here. Cheap PSUs are (figuratively) a dime a dozen, but it really is a false economy. You’re risking hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of hardware over a $50 to $100 saving – not to mention the fact that cheaper PSUs tend to be less energy efficient, meaning steeper energy bills in the long run. On top of this, a good PSU will last for several upgrades to come, and when the time comes to retire it, you’ll find that second-hand rates are pretty generous, too.  

Fortunately, the PSUs from the specialists at be quiet! are built for cool, quiet operation, and are made to last on top of their reasonable prices. Here are our picks of the best for all budgets:

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