Intel Enthusiast Gaming Build: PSU

While all of the components we are selecting here today are what we would go with, and priced from vendors we trust, it is always a good idea to shop around as deals on these, or other good options, pop up from other reliable vendors all the time. With that said, let’s dive right into the next order of business.

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PSU

ASUS ROG Thor 850 Power Supply

ASUS ROG Thor 850 $219.99

60 FPS

  • Excellent Performance
  • Excellent Build Quality And Support
  •  Very Quiet
  • OLED Displays

30 FPS

  • A Bit Pricey
  • OLED Display Usefulness Will Vary Based On Case Used
  • So-so Accuracy On Power Usage Display

PSU Alternate

Seasonic Prime PX-850 Power Supply

Seasonic PRIME PX-850 $189.99 (Currently $199.99)

60 FPS

  • Excellent Performance
  • Excellent Build Quality And Support
  • Very Quiet

30 FPS

  • Beyond Outstanding Performance No Real “It” Factor

Now we move on to what is often the last thing users consider when building a system; the power supply. Even though it should be close to the top of the list it often isn’t, and we all get why. It is usually a rather boring item in the build whose contributions are easily missed. Well, that is until things go south! Our choices today reflect what we saw with our recent AMD Enthusiast Gaming PC Build Guide: Spring 2020 once more as both systems are going to be drawing roughly the same amount of power and an 850W PSU is plenty for these builds.

Our first selection today is the ASUS ROG THOR 850 which, with its OLED screen, RGB integration, and clean lines, not only has the performance we need and the quality we deserve, but it looks good doing it! Sure, you pay a premium for that but when you look this good that almost doesn’t matter. As Paul Johnson said in our review of the unit, “The ASUS ROG THOR 850W is an excellent to outstanding unit today as ASUS has indeed dropped the hammer on the competition. The ROG THOR 850W gave us excellent build quality, excellent voltage regulation, excellent DC Output Quality, and excellent Transient Load results while also being very quiet. That is a seriously impressive run that leaves us with very few things to say other than, WOW and what is the price?

That said it almost doesn’t matter that you can get essentially the same power supply without those bells and whistles from Seasonic in the guise of the PRIME PX-850. Sure you give up the bling, but aside from that (and some cost), you are still walking out the door with an extremely high-end unit that will serve you well in this build and probably your next as well!

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