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October 7, 2013 3:43:13 PM

Hi,

Recently I built my first desktop PC, but as I am waiting for the release of AMD's new graphics lineup, I didn't purchase a graphics card. When the time comes I will probably settle on the AMD HD7970 GHz Edition (Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB) or the R9-280X (Vapor-X if the rumors are correct). Up until now I assumed my Corsair CX600M would be good enough for any single card I buy, but after reading the leaked specifications for the new R9-280X, I am feeling worried it won't be good enough. Specifically it says 750W+ is recommended, and my PSU is only 600W.

Sure I probably shouldn't get all worried about something that isn't yet confirmed, I have now been reading up on my own PSU and have learned how it is of budget class, etc. The HD7970 GE requires 500W according to AMD and Sapphire. Mine is rated at 40a at 12+ volts, but then again I wouldn't know if it is sufficient. If need be I can exchange from where I ordered plus add the costs of any product to get a higher wattage, or flat out better PSU.

System:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1FKV0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1FKV0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1FKV0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard

I probably won't be doing any overclocking, nor CrossfireX, (if that info helps).

So in your best interest, what would your best recommendation for me to do? (If I exchange I'm limited to MemoryExpress.ca's items and prices. I was looking at the GS800 if I replace (here)

Thanks!
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October 7, 2013 3:59:42 PM

thefuzz52 said:
Hi,

Recently I built my first desktop PC, but as I am waiting for the release of AMD's new graphics lineup, I didn't purchase a graphics card. When the time comes I will probably settle on the AMD HD7970 GHz Edition (Sapphire Vapor-X 3GB) or the R9-280X (Vapor-X if the rumors are correct). Up until now I assumed my Corsair CX600M would be good enough for any single card I buy, but after reading the leaked specifications for the new R9-280X, I am feeling worried it won't be good enough. Specifically it says 750W+ is recommended, and my PSU is only 600W.

Sure I probably shouldn't get all worried about something that isn't yet confirmed, I have now been reading up on my own PSU and have learned how it is of budget class, etc. The HD7970 GE requires 500W according to AMD and Sapphire. Mine is rated at 40a at 12+ volts, but then again I wouldn't know if it is sufficient. If need be I can exchange from where I ordered plus add the costs of any product to get a higher wattage, or flat out better PSU.

System:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1FKV0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1FKV0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1FKV0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard

I probably won't be doing any overclocking, nor CrossfireX, (if that info helps).

So in your best interest, what would your best recommendation for me to do? (If I exchange I'm limited to MemoryExpress.ca's items and prices. I was looking at the GS800 if I replace (here)

Thanks!


The R9-280X is the same card as the HD 7970 GHz edition. AMD is known to over-exaggerate their recommendations. You should be fine.
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October 7, 2013 4:03:27 PM

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX47436

SuperNOVA NEX750B 750W Bronze Modular Power Supply

Here's a nice unit made by FSP , that would be a nice addition to your build.

CX is the lowest rated series put out by Corsair , grab the SuperNova unit above for your nice build.
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October 7, 2013 4:15:34 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX47436

SuperNOVA NEX750B 750W Bronze Modular Power Supply

Here's a nice unit made by FSP , that would be a nice addition to your build.

CX is the lowest rated series put out by Corsair , grab the SuperNova unit above for your nice build.


I wish I had seen that product a lot earlier, for only about $10 more for what I had paid I can exchange that. Provided it is in stock at my local store I will probably try and get this one.
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October 7, 2013 4:16:45 PM

It's a great PSU , made by one of the best FSP.
October 7, 2013 4:23:36 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
It's a great PSU , made by one of the best FSP.


Well since your power supply master, I'll take your word for it. However just looking at the specs compared to my current one answers my question. Just hopefully this exchange will go through.
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October 7, 2013 4:25:38 PM

Hopefully!
October 8, 2013 3:30:56 PM

So as I cannot make it to the store until earliest tomorrow, and there is only one left in stock (at the store), I'm not sure if I'll be able to get the one you suggested Blackbird. If there are any others on memoryexpress.com that are "good", could you suggest them to me? I also am considering the Gold Model of the one you suggested, however there is only 1 of those left at the local store as well.
October 8, 2013 4:28:12 PM

dottorrent said:
This is also a good choice -

Corsair Builder Series CX 750M 80+ Bronze certified Semi-Modular PSU - http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX44969


Unfortunately that one is sold out at my local store. Is the Corsair TX850 a good model? Yeah it might be a little overkill,, but I think it might be good future proof. To think, it might be worth investing in higher wattage, I change my mind quite often and could very well crossfire. Anyway, I'll just play it by ear. Look up the models and write them down and see what my options are in store.
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October 8, 2013 4:30:44 PM

The TX850 is way better than the CX , buy it!
October 8, 2013 6:01:01 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
The TX850 is way better than the CX , but it!


Hmm, now I'm kind of stuck between the Corsair TX850 V2 or the EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B... if say both were in stock, which would you go with? The TX850 makes me nervous as there are some reviews on newegg talking about its failure within a few years :/ 

edit....NEVERMIND, turns out the one on newegg is a different version. It's listed as the v2 but looking at the images of the box on newegg it isn't the v2 version, and it isn't made by seasonic like the true V2 is. I'll look at the box tomorrow when I go, if it is the TX850 V2, I shall go with it.
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October 8, 2013 6:02:31 PM

I like the Nova , but the Corsair is decent.
October 8, 2013 6:09:45 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
I like the Nova , but the Corsair is decent.


I guess I will just think about it until then. Thanks for the suggestions :D 
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October 8, 2013 6:16:54 PM

No problem.
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