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Can my Corsair CX500 run a Gigabyte radeon HD 7950?

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April 23, 2013 4:02:47 PM

My setup:i5 3507k
Corsair CX 500
Xigmatek gaia CPU cooler
Asrock z77 extreme 4 mobo
Ripsaws 8 gig ram
Seagate barracuda 500gig HD
Nzxt source 220 mod tower
Lite on cd DVD drive

Just sold my old graphics card and looking for a new one. I have my eye on the gigabyte 7970. Any chance this will work?
I could do a 7950 but feel like I'm compromising.
April 23, 2013 4:07:04 PM

I wouldn't do it. It might run for a while, then you'll watch components fail and it'll cost you lots more than just doing it right to start with.
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April 23, 2013 4:20:39 PM

bak0n said:
I wouldn't do it. It might run for a while, then you'll watch components fail and it'll cost you lots more than just doing it right to start with.


I'm lookin to upgrade the PSU in a couple of months anyway.
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April 23, 2013 5:12:29 PM

If you can have a meter, you can test your current power draw. My system is similar to yours but with a 7870 and I'll easily break 200 watts just basic web surfing. Crank that up to full blown settings and you'll be hitting the limit pretty quickly. If you plan on upgrading down the road you can always buy it and run a slight under clock on it if you start having crashing issues. I do it just because I don't need as much juice as I have on most games. Plus it allows me to run the fan quieter.
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April 23, 2013 5:18:01 PM

bak0n said:
If you can have a meter, you can test your current power draw.

Just remember to subtract 15-20% from the reading. PSUs are rated by what they deliver to components, not what they suck from the wall.
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