Question 80+ Certificate Question

Should I spend about $20 more for a Gold+ PSU or go for a Bronze?

  • Go for the Gold+

  • Go for the Bronze


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Dec 29, 2019
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Hello guys,
I am looking to build a new PC soon. I am going to use the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 as a CPU and the XFX RX590 Fatboy for GPU.

First of all, is a 650w power supply enough to power my rig? If not, then how many Watts should my PSU have?
Second of all, I found a specific PSU ( Seasonic Focus GX-650 ) and I would like to hear your guys's opinions on that PSU. I would like to know if the extra money is worth the Gold+ Certificate or if I should go for a Bronze Certificated PSU.

I hope I can get useful information from you guys.

Thank you in advance,
Panagiotis
 

Ralston18

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First tally up the wattage requirements for all components in your build. If a wattage range is given use the high value. If a recommended PSU wattage is provides use that wattage.

Once tallied add 25% more.

There are some online calculators that can make the process a bit easier - however, try two or three plus your own work to achieve a consensus wattage value.

Gold. The PSU is critical to the system and if you can afford the higher end, more efficient products then purchase accordingly.

Start here:

https://www.maketecheasier.com/80-plus-power-supply-ratings/

https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/psu-comparison-table-a-sortable-database-of-desktop-psu-smps.3476900/
 

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