Are you curious about this – how many amps does a gaming computer use? You have come to the right place because we will be answering this question in a detailed manner in this post.
Millions of people around the world use their personal computer for gaming purposes. As a matter of fact, many people run multiple systems at once.
In that case, you might want to know the total amperage your gaming PC draws from the circuit. Because you don’t want to blow the circuit by drawing more power than the circuit can supply.
You know if you use the same circuit for running multiple systems, you will need to be sure if the circuit can handle it or not.
Otherwise, your computers might get damaged. And, nobody wants that. As a result, we will try to talk about this vital topic in this post. So, how many amps does a gaming computer use?
Let’s get to it…
How Many Amps Does A Gaming Computer Use?
Interestingly, there is no straightforward answer to this question. Because it depends on many variables.
Thus, we will try to explain all of the intricacies in this section to find the answer for you.
What is A Gaming Computer
Before we start to talk about the main topic, we will have to clear some things up. For instance, what is a gaming computer actually?
Many people have their own definition of a gaming computer.
However, we think the simplest definition would be a computer on which you game. Or it is a computer that you have built mainly for gaming purposes.
In that case, one of the main differences with a standard office or home computer would be the GPU/VGA or Video Card, or Graphics Card.
A perfect gaming computer must have a dedicated GPU. Also, you might be using RGB peripherals.
Besides, the monitor you are using could be of high specs. Or you could use multiple monitors.
And, of course, the overall configuration of your PC would be higher than a usual PC. Otherwise, the system would bottleneck. These are some of the main differences between a standard computer and a gaming computer.
Factors to Consider Before Calculating the Amps
We are talking about the amp a lot. But do you know what amp is?
Amp or ampere is the unit of electric current. Now, to find out the total amp your gaming computer draws, we will need to consider a few other things as well.
There is no way to provide an accurate answer to this question without those factors. And, the main two factors would be to known the total amount of power your gaming PC use.
The second one is to know the standard voltage supply rate in your area. If you know these two data, we will find out the total ampere drawn by your gaming computer. So, let’s talk about those in the next sections.
How Many Watts a Gaming Computer Use?
You should already know that once again, we don’t have any accurate answer to this. Why?
Because we don’t know your PC’s configurations, you can help us in this process. Find out the watt rating of your PSU or Power Supply Unit.
There are many types of PSU out there. But the watt rating would be printed on the PSU panel.
Or else, Google the model of your PSU, and you will find all the necessary information about it.
Also, if you have the box of the PSU, then you will find the information on there as well. For our convenience, we will guess that you have a PSU of 500 Watt.
What is The Standard Voltage Supply in Your Area?
The next thing you will have to know is the voltage rating in your area.
Once again, for the fast and best result, you can make a quick search on Google about the supply voltage in your country. And you will find that out very quickly.
For the record, the USA and Canada use 120 Volts of the supply voltage. On the other hand, North America, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, etc. use 100 Volts.
In the UK, the voltage supply is 230 Volts. While in many parts of South Asia, the supply voltage is between 220 to 230 Volts.
We will then guess that your area has a supply voltage of 120 volts for our convenience.
How Many Amps Your Gaming Computer Draw?
At the moment, you know what the supply voltage and the watt rating of your PSU is. We all know that our PC doesn’t usually use the highest watt rating all the time.
That means if you have a 500 watt PSU, that doesn’t mean that your PC is drawing 500 Watts all the time from the circuit. Still, as a safety measure, we will calculate using the highest watt rating.
For the record, if you know these 2 data (voltage and watt), then you can use a formula to find out the amp. And, the formula is ‘amps = watts/volts‘.
So in that sense, if your PSU has a watt rating of 500 watts and the supply voltage in your area is 120 volts.
The amount of amp your PC will draw will be (500 watts/120 volts) = 4.16 amps.
We hope you have found your answer. Now, you will be able to calculate the ampere your PC needs on your own.
You should already know that not every PC will draw the same amp from the circuit. As every PC has a different configuration.
For example, if you use a high-end GPU and if your PC is very power-hungry that you have a 1000 watts PSU.
If your area’s supply voltage is 220 volts, then the amperage drawn by your PC would be (1000 watts/220 volts) = 4.54 amps.
Another thing is that we have counted the data (watts) for the PC only. If you use a high-end monitor and a resource-hungry speaker set, then the total amp draw will be higher.
So, keep that in mind while you plug all the electronics into the same circuit or multi-plug.
By this time, you should know how to calculate the amp from watts and voltage. If you know that simple formula of watts/volts= amps then you will be able to find out the accurate answer to this question.
Now, if you don’t want to go through all the calculations, there is another way.
In that case, you will have to buy an ‘Ammeter’. This is a tool to measure amps or current on any electric circuit. It is very easy to use and not that expensive.
You can use it for any other tasks as well. So getting an Ammeter could come in handy at times.
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