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    Whats the difference between bronze gold etc

    I am thinking of upgrading PSU in preparation to getting a new GPU next year. Currently have 500w thinking of getting 650w but apart from price i don't understand the ratings surely if they have the wattage plus good 12v rail does anything else matter?

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    Re: Whats the difference between bronze gold etc

    Probably explains it far better than I can:
    http://www.corsair.com/en-us/blog/20...-benefit-to-me

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    Re: Whats the difference between bronze gold etc

    It is to do with the efficiency, a bronze power supply might be 80% efficient whereas a platinum power supply will be over 90% efficient. You would need to calculate whether the cheaper cost of running a higher efficiency power supply would ever recoup the higher initial cost compared to a bronze supply. It is also worth mentioning that higher efficiency power supplies typically have better quality components inside, and can have longer warranties.

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    Re: Whats the difference between bronze gold etc

    Don't go cheap on a PSU, if you get a good one it'll last years. Some of the EVGA PSUs have a 10yr warranty. I'd also go for a fully modular PSU to make all your cabling in the PC case far easier.

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