If you’re building a mid-range PC, this 550W PSU for $65 is a great choice
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I’m fully aware that now is not the best time in the world to build a PC, with so many parts being difficult to come by at fair market value. It gets a little easier if you’re piecing together a mid-range gaming PC (at least on the CPU side of things), though, and if that’s your goal, EVGA’s SuperNova 550 GA power supply is worth a look.
It’s on sale at Amazon for $64.99, down from its $119.99 list price. This model was selling for its full list price for the past couple of weeks, and before that, it typically fluctuated between around $75 to $105, depending on the day. The current discount is the least expensive it has ever been.
There’s a lot to like about this PSU. For one, it’s a name brand unit. It is also 80 Plus Gold certified, which means it is a high-efficiency model, and EVGA backs it with a generous 10-year warranty. It’s always nice to see a long warranty, not just for the extended coverage, but because it reflects confidence in the model on the part of the manufacturer.
This is a fully modular unit too. That’s great for cable management, and being fully modular rather than semi-module (where the main power cables are permanently attached) can sometimes make building inside tight confines a little easier.
Whether 550W is enough depends on your build. You’re not going to want to try and power a GeForce RTX 3090 with this PSU, though it should be able to handle at least a GeForce RTX 3060 with no issue. Nvidia recommends a 600W PSU for the Ti variant and a 650W for the GeForce RTX 3070, though I’ve seen the latter run just fine on a 550W PSU (your mileage may vary, of course).
Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD”*”,8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).