Video games--especially online games--have presented new challenges and great economic opportunities for gamers. With the ability to participate in competitions, make their voices heard with informed game reviews or even display their gameplay and opinions via Internet video (streaming), many gamers have flocked to power computers, parts and peripherals in order to support their new path. Unfortunately, some would-be gamers run into the issue of failing electrical loads and the need to build more electrical plugs. Before walking into a sudden failure, consider a few ways that an electrical contractor could help your new gaming setup.
What Could Fail Because Of A Few Computers?
To many people, modern computers may seem like basic, small machines that should be able to connected to a wall socket with no problem. Unfortunately, there's more power being demanded than you think.
The average consumer computer may use a power supply around 400 to 600 watts. Unfortunately, many video card marketed to gamers demand around 200-400 watts alone--that's not the entire computer, just a single card within the computer. You'll still need to power many other components, which leads to 1000 watt power supplies becoming very common in even casual gaming systems.
Power supplies are affordable, but that doesn't mean the electrical infrastructure is common in your home. You may be living in a building that has suffered damage due to electrical damage, poor design or simple wear and tear over the years. A gaming computer crashing on a poor electrical layout is a terrible way to find out about the problem, so make sure to have the building inspected and improved before quitting your day job or putting a large amount of time into gaming as a career.
How Can An Electrical Contractor Help?
Wiring can be replaced by a skilled electrical contractor, but that's not the only thing that can be done.
There are times where different devices in the building can compete for the same electrical path. This path can become overheated as the devices overload one path, leading to either a blackout in the building or progressive electrical damage.
An electrician can divide the wiring into a more forgiving path that splits up rooms, walls or other unit types. Electricity can then travel more efficient routes from each outlet, reducing the overload on specific wire paths.
If you have many gamers in your building or lots of computers and consoles for your own use, it's also a good idea to have a surge protection system and backup power units installed. Store bought units are good, but having basic solar panels or a small backup power supply as part of your building may be more safe. Contact an electrical contractor such as E.J. Gray Electric to plan a system that fits your gaming needs.