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Which R9 can I run with my setup? (650W SeaSonic Gold rated PSU)

Hello TH,

I'm currently in search of a new GPU, and have been eyeing the new R9 series.
I would be content with running an R9 290(non-X) as I will be running 1080p only (although it is 120hz so It wouldn't be that much overkill, as I can take advantage of 120fps)
A little info:
I probably won't be over clocking
I'm aware that a 290 is overkill for 1080p /as of now/. That's not to say that games a year from now won't push this card, even at 1080p. So I'm not too concerned with 'over-spending' as this card will be my elder scrolls online GPU and I expect great performance for years to come.
Here's my system specs:

i7-3770k, HT and turbo boost on (goes up to 3.9ghz or so) sometimes I run stock speeds, I just enabled HT and turbo boost as a temperature test.
8 GB DDR3 @ decent CAS through XMP.
1 Corsair GS SSD, no other hard drive or optical media slot
NO optical drive
Stock fans on my CPU
Stock fans that came with my case (silver stone ft03s. It has 2 or 3 decently sized fans, but these shouldn't impact total watt use that much)
SeaSonic 650W gold rated PSU, high quality
1 x USB Keyboard
1 X USB Mouse
1 X USB wireless AC adapter
SamSung 120hz 3D 1080 monitor 27 inches (not upgrading to a higher Rez as this display was expensive and is still amazingly beautiful)
Radeon HD 7770 (don't laugh, I was waiting on next gen GPUs to take the plunge)

So my question is, if I replace my 7770 with a R9 280x or a 290 or even a 290x, will I have any problems? Keep in mind that I mostly run stock speeds, although I do dabble in overclocking depending on the season. (Very warm in summer, wouldn't be a good idea to OC)
Also my case runs very cool so I'm not concerned about heat too much.

I just want to get one more GPU upgrade cycle before I upgrade my PSU again.

Thanks in advance,
- J
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  1. Best answer
    A 650w Seasonic is plenty power supply for any single card.
  2. You can upgrade to any single GPU you want. R9 290/290X or GTX 780/780 Ti and you are also good to overclock as much as you want.

    I would advise against a 290 or 290X until cards with custom cooling are released especially if you live somewhere hot with no AC. The reference coolers are terrible and the cards reach thermal limit very easily and throttle down due to heat. You might want to think about a GTX 770 or 780 if you want to upgrade soon.

    A 290/GTX 780 is not overkill for 1920 x 1080. In fact those cards are required to play Crysis 3 at that resolution with all the eye candy on. No lesser cards will do it.

    There is no reason to disable Hyperthreading and Turbo on your i7. If it overheats the protection will kick in but you should not be anywhere near that at stock speeds.
  3. Thank you guys for the quick response, now I have another question:
    Which is the best brand of 290 to buy??
    I'm more interested in the most quiet one / most reliable. Thanks.
  4. Yeah, I don't mind waiting for the aftermarket cooler equipped boards to come out. Not in a huge hurry to upgrade.
  5. Paleo-rific said:
    Thank you guys for the quick response, now I have another question:
    Which is the best brand of 290 to buy??
    I'm more interested in the most quiet one / most reliable. Thanks.


    Until the custom units hit the market, they are all just putting different stickers on the same card.

    Look for one that has the best warranty.
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