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    For a system using a single AMD reference design Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 28 Amps or greater and have at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

    Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

    Overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU(s) may require an additional increase to the maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock. The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock being attempted.

    The Rosewill CAPSTONE Series 650W (CAPSTONE-650) power supply unit, with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 54 Amps and with four (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is way more than sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card.
  2. Yes, that PSU is more than enough.

    PS: why Z87 if you won't be doing any OCing with that CPU? Future proof MB?
  3. Foldalot said:
    Yes, that PSU is more than enough.

    PS: why Z87 if you won't be doing any OCing with that CPU? Future proof MB?


    Pretty much, yeah. Also the RAM I have was one of the first components I bought, and I figured I may as well go with a compatible motherboard if it also provided some insurance for the future.
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