Best Budget Power Supply (PSU) for Graphics Cards in 2017

Power Supply or PSU is one of the most important components of a PC. PSU or SMPS supplies power to almost all the important components of your PC that include processor, motherboard, memory, hard disk, fans, graphics card and other peripheral devices & components. Without a PSU you won’t be able to start your computer. There are various power supplies available in the market from different brands but you should be very careful in choosing a PSU because a cheap and non-branded power supply can affect performance of your PC and may also cause damage to your expensive components like graphics card.

The most important thing to look for in a power supply is the amount of current present on the 12V Rail. This is because most of the major components of PC including Processor, Motherboard, Hard disk, Fans and Graphics Card draw power or current from the 12V rail. A modern day computer having a budget graphics card should have at least 30A current on 12V Rail. A PC with PSU not having sufficient amount of current on 12V rail will encounter performance loss, frequent restarts, instability and may also cause damage to components including the PSU itself.

If you have a PC with dedicated graphics card then your power requirements will be greater because graphics card alone consumes decent amount of power. High-end graphics cards can consume up to 250 Watts of power and they need an around 700 Watt or higher PSU for their proper working. Power Supplies can be very expensive and they can go as high as 200 dollars or more. But Not everybody can afford an expensive PSU and there are some good budget power supplies available that you can use with your budget gaming PC. So here in this post I am listing down the best budget power supplies that you can get under or at around 50 – 60 dollars. These power supplies are from good brands are offers best value for money.

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Best Budget Power Supply (PSU) for Gaming PCs

Here are the best budget power supplies for almost every kind of gaming graphics card available today.

Budget 400 Watt Power Supply

Here the best budget 400W PSUs for your budget gaming PC. These power supplies can be used for budget graphics cards and some entry level mid-range graphics cards.

EVGA 400W Power Supply

This is the cheapest branded power supply you can get for your budget gaming PC or an HTPC. EVGA is a reputed company that is very popular for its top quality Nvidia Graphics Cards. It makes other high quality computer products also that include power supplies. Here we have a basic 400 Watt Power Supply from EVGA that is quite good and is one of the best budget power supplies around.

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This PSU from EVGA has got 30A current on 12V Rail which decent and it can power a PC with a budget or low power mid-range graphics card such as GeForce GTX 750 Ti or GTX 1050 Ti. It comes with all the required power connectors including one 6pin and 8pin PCIe power connectors for graphics card. The 120mm fan does a nice job in keeping the SMPS components cool and is very quiet in operation. The connector wires or cables are not in sleeves except the 24 Pin motherboard or ATX connector. This is understandable because it is a cheap and basic power supply that can bought at around 30 dollars. The power supply comes with essential safety features that include OVP (Over Voltage Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), and SCP (Short Circuit Protection).

EVGA 400W Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 400 Watt
12V Rail Single, 30A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification NA
PCI Express Connector 6 pin x 1, 8 (6+2) pin x 1
Warranty 2 years

Buy EVGA 400W Power Supply

EVGA 430W Power Supply (80 Plus White)

This is a 430W power supply from EVGA which is a bit better in terms of quality and performance than the 400W PSU from EVGA mentioned above. It also comes with single 12V Rail but has a bit more current on it which is at 34A. The PSU comes with fully sleeved cables and a power switch that is located on the back side of the power supply.

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This budget power supply from EVGA has got 80 Plus White Certification having up to 80% efficiency at typical loads. 80 Plus Certification is a measure of the efficiency of the PSU. Higher the 80 Plus certification level the lesser power your PSU will consume and lesser heat will be generated by it. There are six levels of 80 Plus certification which are White, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Titanium. White is the lowest and Titanium is the highest 80 Plus Certification level. The 120mm fan is quiet in operation and the PSU comes with 8 pin (6+2) PCI-E power connector to power your graphics card. It can run your budget as well as low power mid-range graphics cards such as Radeon RX 460, GTX 1050 Ti etc.

The power supply comes almost all the necessary protection features that include OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection), and OTP (Over Temperature Protection). You can buy this SMPS at a great price from the link given below.

EVGA 430W Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 430 Watt
12V Rail Single, 34A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification White
PCI Express Connector 8 pin (6+2)
Warranty 3 years

Buy EVGA 430W Power Supply

Antec EarthWatts 380W Power Supply (EA-380D Green)

Antec is one of the top names in the computer power supply department. Here we have Antec EarthWatts 380W Power Supply that has got 80 Plus Bronze Certification. This 380 Watt power supply comes with dual 12V Rails having total of 32 Ampere (15A + 17A) current on it.

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Only the 24 pin power cable comes with sleeve while others are left behind. This is because it is a budget PSU and some cost cutting has been done by Antec. It only comes with 6 Pin PCI-E power connector for older graphics card and users with modern graphics cards may be at disadvantage because of the absence of 8 pin PCI-E power connector. You can use the 8 pin PCI-E converter cable if your graphics card has got 8 pin PCI-E power connector. The power supply comes with advanced features such as Active PFC (Active Power Factor Correction) and all protection features. The PSU comes with a silent 80mm fan and there is a ON/OFF power switch present on the back side of the SMPS. This power supply is a bit expensive than the EVGA 400W & 430W PSUs and you can get it a tad under 50 dollars.

Antec EA-380D Green PSU Specifications
Wattage 380 Watt
12V Rail Dual, 32A (15A + 17A)
Fan Size 80mm
80 Plus Certification Bronze
PCI Express Connector 6 pin
Warranty 3 years

Buy Antec EarthWatts 380W Power Supply

Corsair CX430 Power Supply (80 Plus Bronze)

Corsair is a highly reputed computer hardware company that is mainly popular for its computer cases, memory (RAM) and power supplies. Corsair has good range of power supplies starting to budget to high-end. Here we have Corsair CX430 which is an 80 Plus Bronze power supply rated at 430 Watts.

corsair-cx430Corsair CX430 is really not an entry level but a budget mid-range power supply that can support up to mid-range graphics cards such as GTX 750Ti, GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 460, RX 470 etc. The construction quality of this PSU is very good and it comes with fully sleeved cables. Corsair CX430 comes with single 12V Rail and has got 32A current on it. It has one 8 pin (6+2) PCI-E GPU power connector that can be used with graphics cards having either 6 pin or 8 pin PCI Express power connector. It comes with 0.99 APFC and all the protection features that include OPP, UVP, SCP, OTP, OVP. There is a large 120mm which stays very quiet and is almost unhearable at idle. This power supply does cost a bit more and you can get it at around 60 dollars or so.

Corsair CX430 Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 430 Watt
12V Rail Single, 32A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification Bronze
PCI Express Connector 8 pin (6 + 2)
Warranty 3 years

Buy Corsair CX430 Power Supply

Budget 500 Watt Power Supply

Here are the best budget 500 power supplies for mid-range graphics cards.

EVGA 500W Power Supply (80+ White)

EVGA 500W is the best cheapest 500 Watt power supply that you can get for your budget gaming PC or mid-range graphics card. EVGA 500W is 80 Plus White Certification power supply and has a got a single 12V Rail having 40 Ampere current on it. It is a high quality power supply that comes with fully sleeved cables and a 120mm silent operating fan.

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For graphics cards it comes with two 8pin (6+2) PCI-E connector. It can handle mid-range graphics card such as GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, Radeon RX 470 etc. In terms of safety department it comes with all Heavy-duty protections features including OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection), and OTP (Over Temperature Protection). You can get this power supply under 50 dollars. Highly Recommended by me.

EVGA 500W Power Supply 80+ White Specifications
Wattage 500 Watt
12V Rail Single, 40A
Fan Size 120 mm
80 Plus Certification White
PCI Express Connector 2 x 8pin (6+2)
Warranty 3 years

Buy EVGA 500W Power Supply

EVGA 500B Bronze Power Supply

This is also a 500 Watt power supply from EVGA that has almost the same specifications of EVGA 500W White power supply. The only difference is that it has 80 Plus Bronze Certification and has up to 85% efficiency.

EVGA 500B Bronze Power Supply

EVGA 500B Bronze comes with single 12V Rail having generous 40A current on it. The power supply has 120mm Sleeve bearing fan and has got all the necessary protection features including OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP and SCP. So if you want a slightly better and power efficient PSU from EVGA 500W White then you should go for this one. You can get this value for money power supply under 50 dollars from the link given below.

EVGA 500B Bronze Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 500W
12V Rail Single, 40A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification Bronze
PCI Express Connector 2 x 8pin (6+2)
Warranty 3 years

Buy EVGA 500B Bronze Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 500W Power Supply

Thermaltake is a reputed company that is known for its high quality power supplies, computer cases and cooling devices. It is an 80 Plus White power supply that comes with single 12V Rail and has 35A current on it.

Thermaltake SMART 500W Power SupplyIt is a top quality PSU that has got all sleeved cables and high quality components & capacitors that can stand day and night non-stop working. This PSU has got 86% efficiency and it really stays cool with its 120mm silent fan. For graphics cards it has got two 8pin (6+2) PCI Express connectors. This power supply is good for mid-range graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD. It comes with Active PFC and all the safety protection features. This high quality PSU is amazingly priced and you can get it well under 50 dollars from the link given below.

Thermaltake Smart 500W Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 500 Watt
12V Rail Single, 35A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification White
PCI Express Connector 2 x 8pin (6+2)
Warranty 5 years

Buy Thermaltake Smart 500W Power Supply

Cooler Master Elite V2 550W Power Supply

Cooler Master may not be as good as some of top brands mentioned above but it does have some good power supplies in its basket. This power supply from Cooler Master does not come with 80 Plus Certification and has got around more than 70% efficiency at typical load.

Cooler Master Elite V2 550W Power Supply 2

This PSU comes with dual 12V Rails with total 43A current on it. There is a 120mm intelligent fan that has automatic speed controller. The power supply comes with all the protection features including OVP, UVP, OPP, OCP and SCP. It has got two (6+2) PCI-E GPU connectors for powering your graphics card. It can support mid-range and higher mid-range graphics cards including GTX 1060, Radeon RX 470 etc. You can get this power supply under 50 dollars from the link given below.

Cooler Master Elite V2 550W Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 500 Watt
12V Rail Dual, 43A (23A+20A)
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification NA
PCI Express Connector 8pin (6+2) x 2
Warranty 1 year

Buy Cooler Master Elite V2 550W PSU

Budget 600 Watt Power Supply

Here are the best budget 600 Watt power supplies that can be used for mid-range and some high-end graphics cards.

EVGA 600B Bronze Power Supply

A 600 Watt power supply from EVGA that has got 80 Plus Bronze certification. It has a single 12V Rail that comes with 49A current on it. This power supply can support mid-range to some high-end graphics cards. It comes with two 8pin (6+2) PCI-E connector for powering your GPU. The power supply comes with all the protection features and you can get it at around 50 dollars which i think is a steal.

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EVGA 600B Bronze Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 600 Watt
12V Rail Single, 49A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification Bronze
PCI Express Connector 8pin (6+2) x 2
Warranty 3 years

Buy EVGA 600B Bronze Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 600W Power Supply

A 600 Watt Power Supply from Thermaltake that comes with 80 Plus White Certification. It comes with 12V single rail that has 42A current on it. It is a high quality power supply that comes with all the necessary protection features, has high quality construction quality and components. For Graphics Cards it comes with two 8pin (6+2) connectors. You can get this high quality SMPS at a great price from the link given below.

Thermaltake Smart 600W Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 600W Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 600 Watt
12V Rail Single, 42A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification White
PCI Express Connector 8pin (6+2) x 2
Warranty 5 years

Buy Thermaltake Smart 600W Power Supply

Budget 700 Watt Power Supply

These are budget 700 Watt power supplies that can be used to power your high-end graphics cards. All the below mentioned PSUs come with all the protection features that include OCP, OVP, OPP, SCP, UVP. Also all of them have fully sleeved cables for protection from the physical damage.

EVGA 700B Bronze Power Supply

A 700 Watt power supply from EVGA with 80 Plus Bronze Certification. On its single 12V Rail it has whopping 56A current. The efficiency of this PSU is around 85% and it comes with two 8pin (6+2) connector for powering your high end GPU that includes GTX 1070, GTX 1080, Radeon RX 480 etc. This power supply is considerably cheap and you can get it at an amazing price from the link given below.

EVGA 700B Bronze Power Supply

EVGA 700B Bronze Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 700 Watt
12V Rail Single, 56A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification Bronze
PCI Express Connector 2x 8pin (6+2)
Warranty 3 years

Buy EVGA 700B Bronze Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 700W Power Supply

A budget 700 Watt from SMPS with 80 Plus White certification. It has got a single 12V Rail with 54A current on it. The two 8pin (6+2) PCI-E connector can power your high-end graphics card. Like all the other high-end PSUs it also comes will all the protection features including (OPP) Over Power Protection, (OVP) Over Voltage Protection, (SCP) Short Circuit Protection. You can get this high-end power supply at an amazing price from the link given below. Highly Recommended by me.

Thermaltake Smart 700W Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 700W Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 700 Watt
12V Rail Single, 54A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification White
PCI Express Connector 8pin (6+2) x 2
Warranty 5 years

Buy Thermaltake Smart 700W Power Supply

Corsair CX750 Power Supply

Here we have Corsair CX750 which is a very good budget 750 Watt power supply for high-end graphics cards. It is an 80 Plus Bronze certified power supply and has got 62A on its single 12V Rail which is huge. It is a non-modular power supply and for GPU it comes with sufficient (6+2) pin PCI-E connector. This power supply can be used with high-end graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD but I would still advise not you not to run SLI or Crossfire multi-GPU setup with this PSU because for that you have to go for more heavy duty power supplies at around 800W – 1000W which are very expensive.

corsair cx750

Corsair CX750 comes with 0.99 Active Power Factor Correction and all safety features including OVP, UVP, SCP, OTP and OPP. The 120mm fan is super quiet and effective in operation. You can get this power supply for under 100 dollars at an amazing price from the link mentioned below.

Corsair CX750 Power Supply Specifications
Wattage 750 Watt
12V Rail Single, 62A
Fan Size 120mm
80 Plus Certification Bronze
PCI Express Connector 4 x (6+2) pin
Warranty 3 years

Buy Corsair CX750 Power Supply

Note: 8 pin (6+2) PCI-E connector is detachable and it can be split into 6pin PCI-E for graphics cards requiring 6 pin power connector.

Final Words

At the end I would like to say that here I have listed the best budget power supplies for every type of gaming PC or graphics card. These power supplies are very much affordable and they do not goes heavy on your pocket. If you have doubts or queries regarding power supply then you can ask me by leaving a comment below.

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