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Is this a good Budget build and will the psu run it

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October 14, 2013 11:17:20 AM

gamingguru76 said:
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/GamingGuru93/saved/#sav...

Is this a good budget build and will the psu run it OK thanks for any responses


That processor is a little too weak to properly handle an HD 7870. You'll get bottlenecking but it shouldn't be awful. You may want to upgrade yourself to an FX-6300 and get a compatible motherboard. Of course, you could always try overclocking but I don't think it'll be anywhere near as effective as just getting an FX-6300.
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October 14, 2013 11:19:37 AM

Deus Gladiorum said:
gamingguru76 said:
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/GamingGuru93/saved/#sav...

Is this a good budget build and will the psu run it OK thanks for any responses


That processor is a little too weak to properly handle an HD 7870. You'll get bottlenecking but it shouldn't be awful. You may want to upgrade yourself to an FX-6300 and get a compatible motherboard. Of course, you could always try overclocking but I don't think it'll be anywhere near as effective as just getting an FX-6300.

Will the psu be able to run a 6300

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October 14, 2013 12:11:40 PM


The PSU should be changed to 500w or at minimum an XFX450w unit.

450w is the lowest you want to go with an hd7870
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October 14, 2013 12:32:26 PM

tiny voices said:

The PSU should be changed to 500w or at minimum an XFX450w unit.

450w is the lowest you want to go with an hd7870


Not at all! That build will run just fine with a 430 W PSU. It may be cutting it a little close, but you're still fine and have a good number of watts for headroom. You may want to upgrade to something a little more just for the purposes of future proofing, but 430 W is perfectly fine.

To the OP, PC Partpicker has an accurate Wattage calculator built in. You can see it at the top right of any of your saved part lists after you click "view". It's very accurate. Who says 450 W is the lowest you want to go? At peak load, the Radeon HD 7870 consumes 170 W. It's all about the other components and how they add up. Anytime AMD or Nvidia claims that "such and such power supply is recommended" that's just bull. AMD even makes a note that wattage is dependent on all of the parts combined, not any one individual part. Hell, even a GTX Titan only consumes 260 watts.
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