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Should I ditch my functional PSU for a gold/platinum rated one?

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My current PSU is doing great other than heat. I have no complaints otherwise; stable, quiet, long cables, ... no reason to upgrade except heat.

It's only 72% efficient. Would upgrading to something in the 88-92% range noticeably put out less heat? Summer time is killer in a small room and a beefy (ish) computer, so while the energy savings month to month would be nice I'm mainly interested in heat output.

I know it'll still heat up a room nicely given the GPU and the CPU, but both those are waiting until the new round of GPUs and the next socket that gets released. Baby steps biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 6
Even tho Thermaltake PSU's have a bad rep, at the current state I'd say you should keep it. I mean your system is not the most power hungry, I say leave it . smile.gif But you probably might need to get a bigger one if you ever upgrade to more demanding hardware..
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I bought it kinda on impulse since it was the only one in stock at the local PC store when my old one died, but 4 years later ... so far so good.

Guess I'll hang onto it and spend it on lowing my AC. biggrin.gif
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I would keep my eyes open for a bargain 80+ silver or better PSU. There's certainly no rush to change it, just wait for a newegg shocker price on something good. It's a 4 year old Thelmaltake, so I'd want to be replacing it if it's under high load a lot of the time. But you won't get a vast drop in heat output, possibly enough to have saved you five bucks on aircon by the end of summer, plus a buck or 2 in power costs. Certainly nothing worth rushing out to pay full price for, so wait for a sale. 4th of July isn't that far away, I'm pretty sure the Egg has a sale around then.
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post #5 of 6
You will get a decent drop in temperature....

e.g.

pulling 500w at 70% efficiency.

Outputes 350w and 150w heat.

at 90%

outputs 450w and only 50w heat.

EDIT: not temperature, heat produced/electricity wasted.
post #6 of 6
Stay with what you have m8, I'm using a DiabloTek, and scared that it will blow up and torch my Rig biggrin.gif Now I need a upgrade, you are fine.
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