No! Even though I hear it sometimes… it really doesn’t get in the way of what I’m doing.
I’ll preface this by stating that I realize that the OP may have very different electrical resource requirements for a newer platform than I have!
I have a Sandy Bridge E platform, which is known to be power hungry anyway, so a 500W power supply probably wouldn’t cut-it for me!
Yea… I guess there should be a balance between power and efficiency, but I don’t want to fall short at a critical time while working, or not have the flexibility to upgrade to a more power hungry system, such as adding a larger GPU, or more storage if necessary!
I went with a larger power supply because I was of the idea that having a larger power supply meant less likely to run hot, and some can even be unstable and downright inefficient at the top end of their range. So, following that less heat means less need for large movement of air will also probably mean an overall quieter system!
Whether that’s true, or not probably has more to do with the quality of the power supply rather than size!
However, what I’ve found in practice… is that although there is a passive (Hybrid) mode on my particular power supply… and it is engaged, the fan will still spin-up if needed, which also can be more distracting than if it were just spinning all the time!
Another idea we might consider when building a new system is that Cubase, as well as other DAW’s single most bang for the buck performance booster comes from a faster CPU clock speed! I don’t mean to imply that that’s all that’s involved, but if you scan around I’m sure you will notice that many DAW users overclock their systems!
You may also notice that it is required that you disable most or all of the power saving features, as not to create a bottleneck in the background while Cubase is running…
Well… when you do that, you may find that your non-governed overclocked beast is way hungrier than that spec sheet suggested!