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can i use my aerocool strike x 600W psu to power up Sapphire Vapor X R9 280X which is required minimum 750W psu? can or not?

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October 16, 2013 7:51:25 AM

i plan to buy the r9 280x, but the decision went dark when i know that the minimum required for the gc is 750W, please i need advice
October 16, 2013 7:54:02 AM

shakirjam96 said:
i plan to buy the r9 280x, but the decision went dark when i know that the minimum required for the gc is 750W, please i need advice


Yes you can run the r9 280x is just a rebranded 7970 and minimum requirements for a 7970 is 550w.Also,you need to make sure that it is a modular PSU
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October 16, 2013 8:07:48 AM

shakirjam96 said:
i plan to buy the r9 280x, but the decision went dark when i know that the minimum required for the gc is 750W, please i need advice


It depends on what your other components are. The recommended power supply wattage stated by manufacturers and retailers is absolute bull crap. Depending on the build, with an R9 280X the recommended wattage could be 470 W, or it could be 1,000 W depending on everything else you're adding to it. The GPU is just 1 factor. It can't be used to determine the wattage of every build out there. The best thing to do is give us a list of all your components. PSU Calculators are our best friends.

However, you have a tier 4 PSU. Tier 4's are the 2nd worst PSUs available and aren't recommended "for stressful situations". It might be a good idea to upgrade first. Good tier, 600+ W PSUs are fairly inexpensive, but if you don't upgrade you might still be fine.

subhadeep082012 said:
Yes you can run the r9 280x is just a rebranded 7970 and minimum requirements for a 7970 is 550w.Also,you need to make sure that it is a modular PSU


Why would he need to make sure his PSU is modular? Sure, they're helpful, but they're certainly not necessary, especially if his case is well suited for wiring. The only difference between a PSU, a semi-modular PSU, and a modular PSU is the extent to which cables can be switched out. It's good for clutter, but they'll output the exact same wattage as any other good tier PSU.
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October 16, 2013 11:57:06 PM

Deus Gladiorum said:
shakirjam96 said:
i plan to buy the r9 280x, but the decision went dark when i know that the minimum required for the gc is 750W, please i need advice


It depends on what your other components are. The recommended power supply wattage stated by manufacturers and retailers is absolute bull crap. Depending on the build, with an R9 280X the recommended wattage could be 470 W, or it could be 1,000 W depending on everything else you're adding to it. The GPU is just 1 factor. It can't be used to determine the wattage of every build out there. The best thing to do is give us a list of all your components. PSU Calculators are our best friends.

However, you have a tier 4 PSU. Tier 4's are the 2nd worst PSUs available and aren't recommended "for stressful situations". It might be a good idea to upgrade first. Good tier, 600+ W PSUs are fairly inexpensive, but if you don't upgrade you might still be fine.

subhadeep082012 said:
Yes you can run the r9 280x is just a rebranded 7970 and minimum requirements for a 7970 is 550w.Also,you need to make sure that it is a modular PSU


Why would he need to make sure his PSU is modular? Sure, they're helpful, but they're certainly not necessary, especially if his case is well suited for wiring. The only difference between a PSU, a semi-modular PSU, and a modular PSU is the extent to which cables can be switched out. It's good for clutter, but they'll output the exact same wattage as any other good tier PSU.


seriously it would be find if i use my current psu to power up the r9 280x? the mobo & other hardwares won't be damaged if i do so? or may not restarting itself?
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October 17, 2013 12:54:54 AM

shakirjam96 said:
Deus Gladiorum said:
shakirjam96 said:
i plan to buy the r9 280x, but the decision went dark when i know that the minimum required for the gc is 750W, please i need advice


It depends on what your other components are. The recommended power supply wattage stated by manufacturers and retailers is absolute bull crap. Depending on the build, with an R9 280X the recommended wattage could be 470 W, or it could be 1,000 W depending on everything else you're adding to it. The GPU is just 1 factor. It can't be used to determine the wattage of every build out there. The best thing to do is give us a list of all your components. PSU Calculators are our best friends.

However, you have a tier 4 PSU. Tier 4's are the 2nd worst PSUs available and aren't recommended "for stressful situations". It might be a good idea to upgrade first. Good tier, 600+ W PSUs are fairly inexpensive, but if you don't upgrade you might still be fine.

subhadeep082012 said:
Yes you can run the r9 280x is just a rebranded 7970 and minimum requirements for a 7970 is 550w.Also,you need to make sure that it is a modular PSU


Why would he need to make sure his PSU is modular? Sure, they're helpful, but they're certainly not necessary, especially if his case is well suited for wiring. The only difference between a PSU, a semi-modular PSU, and a modular PSU is the extent to which cables can be switched out. It's good for clutter, but they'll output the exact same wattage as any other good tier PSU.


seriously it would be find if i use my current psu to power up the r9 280x? the mobo & other hardwares won't be damaged if i do so? or may not restarting itself?


Like I said, Tier 4 PSUs aren't recommended for stressful situations as they may fail, but they won't explode on you. Just make sure you're in a well cooled room, as PSUs are susceptible to heat issues as well. I'm not saying it will fail, just that it could. They're nowhere near as bad as tier 5 PSUs. However, under maximum load your wattage should still be less than 500 W, so the chances of it failing isn't high. I believe (but don't cite me on this) that a tier 4 PSU's chance to fail increases as you approach its advertised wattage. Over 100 W headroom is plenty, so I don't think you have to worry. Worst comes to worst, you have a random shutdown (parts should still be ok) and you end up buying a better quality PSU for around $60
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November 16, 2013 3:59:50 AM

You can run a 280x vapor on a decent 550w psu but your aerocool psu is a crap.
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