Question Do I NEED 80+ Gold? Is 80+ Bronze good enough?

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I always see people recommending 80+ Gold as the standard, and I just wanted to ask are Bronze/Silver really that bad? Or would I be okay using a 80+ Bronze/Silver?

Here are my specs

Ryzen 5 3600
GTX 1650 Super
Corsair 2x8 16GB 3000 MHz
 
I always see people recommending 80+ Gold as the standard, and I just wanted to ask are Bronze/Silver really that bad? Or would I be okay using a 80+ Bronze/Silver?

Here are my specs

Ryzen 5 3600
GTX 1650 Super
Corsair 2x8 16GB 3000 MHz
What country are you in? The UK? It is less about the efficiency rating and more about the quality of the components that make up the power supply. How long it will last before it fails.
This is the cheapest I would recommend if you are in the UK:
PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £69.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-25 09:34 GMT+0000


Here is a review of the unit:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12070/the-corsair-tx550m-80plus-gold-psu-review
 
What country are you in? The UK? It is less about the efficiency rating and more about the quality of the components that make up the power supply. How long it will last before it fails.
This is the cheapest I would recommend if you are in the UK:
PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£69.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £69.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-25 09:34 GMT+0000


Here is a review of the unit:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12070/the-corsair-tx550m-80plus-gold-psu-review
That's a solid psu, but for his low end rig even a cx550m will suffice, which should be almsot half the price.
 
That's a solid psu, but for his low end rig even a cx550m will suffice, which should be almsot half the price.
It should be but it is not.

PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£95.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £95.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-25 11:13 GMT+0000


The 450W version is cheaper but only £12 cheaper. Not worth the saving for a lower quality unit in my opinion.

PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£57.99 @ Corsair UK)
Total: £57.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-25 11:15 GMT+0000
 
It should be but it is not.

PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£95.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £95.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-25 11:13 GMT+0000


The 450W version is cheaper but only £12 cheaper. Not worth the saving for a lower quality unit in my opinion.

PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£57.99 @ Corsair UK)
Total: £57.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-25 11:15 GMT+0000
Well, the TX is also a very solid gpu, and in those prices I could sort of see what you mean with the TX being better bang for the buck.

Where I live they are both quite a bit lower than the TX.
450 is not enough so..
 
Bronze, silver, gold, etc are efficiency ratings, not quality ratings.
True, gold is usually better quality, but not always.
First, determine the power you need.
Here is a handy chart:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
400W would be ok.
I have no problem overprovisioning a PSU a bit. Say 20%.
It will allow for a stronger future graphics card upgrade.
It will run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently in the middle third of it's range.
A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.
550-650w is what I would look for.

Consider a quality psu purchase as a long term investment.
You will be able to use it for a number of updates or new builds.
Quality is all important.
Buy a tier 1/2, no worse than 3 unit from a listing such as this:

I like the seasonic focus line.
 
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