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graphic card upgrade question (Sapphire HD 5770 to Sapphire R9 270x)

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February 27, 2014 10:00:28 AM

Hello, I was thinking upgrading from a sapphire HD 5770 to a sapphire R9 270x, but I had the doubt weather my system could handle it properly. Currently I'm running on:

-Asus M4A87TD motherboard
-AMD Phenom II x6 1090T CPU
-Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X graphic card
-CoolerMaster eXtreme power plus 460W PSU
- 8Gb DDR3 RAM

I'm aware that the R9 270x requires a 500W PSU (or at least that is the secure value the manufacturer gives), but will the other components handle the (hypothetical) new card? Should I upgrade other components in order to receive the new card?

All answers are welcome and sorry if I post this on the wrong section and any misspelling (I am not an English speaker).
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February 27, 2014 10:06:03 AM

You don't need a 500w PSU to support the R9 270x. The power supply you have will be enough!

Your system will GREATLY benefit from an R9 270X
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February 27, 2014 10:07:41 AM

That CPU is more than enough to support an r9 270x. About the PSU, I would just pick a nice XFX or Corsair on sale around 500-600 watts.
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February 27, 2014 10:14:00 AM

yes, your system can handle the R9 270x. however, you NEED a new psu because your psu only has 1 6-pin pcie power connector, and the R9 270x takes 2x 6-pin pcie power connectors.
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February 27, 2014 10:15:32 AM

TropicoSuarez said:
You don't need a 500w PSU to support the R9 270x. The power supply you have will be enough!

Your system will GREATLY benefit from an R9 270X


if you look at the specs of his psu, you will see he physically cant run the R9 270x with it. his current psu only has 1x 6-pin pcie power connector, the R9 270x takes 2.
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February 27, 2014 10:18:14 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
TropicoSuarez said:
You don't need a 500w PSU to support the R9 270x. The power supply you have will be enough!

Your system will GREATLY benefit from an R9 270X


if you look at the specs of his psu, you will see he physically cant run the R9 270x with it. his current psu only has 1x 6-pin pcie power connector, the R9 270x takes 2.


Oh woops, I think I looked at the wrong PSU :p , my bad...



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February 27, 2014 10:20:52 AM

i do that sometimes too, no problem ;) 
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February 27, 2014 12:35:04 PM

so it seems that the only at the moment issue is the PSU.
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February 27, 2014 12:47:46 PM

yes, only the psu. get something that is atleast like 550 watts ;) 
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February 27, 2014 2:03:07 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
yes, only the psu. get something that is atleast like 550 watts ;) 


Thanks for the answer (and the previous one)
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February 27, 2014 2:12:18 PM

dont run gpu on this psu as its not sufficient for 270x and cm extreme series is not so efficient and wont gave 460 waats so you are already below minimum specs and then add to this your psu wont even deleiver full 460 watts so fogot this as i have bad experience with this that it even cant handle msi 7770 oc power edition as my gpu got faulty just after one week and when i take my system to msi they instantly said you run this gpu on this psu?i said yes they said this psu is not enough to handle 7770 so forgot using 270x on this psu
you need atleast 550 watts psu and plz avoid cooler master extreme series psu they are not efficient enough
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February 27, 2014 3:00:43 PM

kamransaeed15 said:
dont run gpu on this psu as its not sufficient for 270x and cm extreme series is not so efficient and wont gave 460 waats so you are already below minimum specs and then add to this your psu wont even deleiver full 460 watts so fogot this as i have bad experience with this that it even cant handle msi 7770 oc power edition as my gpu got faulty just after one week and when i take my system to msi they instantly said you run this gpu on this psu?i said yes they said this psu is not enough to handle 7770 so forgot using 270x on this psu
you need atleast 550 watts psu and plz avoid cooler master extreme series psu they are not efficient enough


thanks for the answer. From all the variety of PSUs out there, what would you recommend?
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February 27, 2014 3:13:01 PM

well, as long as it is 550+ watts, and has the right power connectors, then it isnt too big of a deal. im not an expert in psus, so i dont know what brand is best.
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February 27, 2014 3:16:13 PM

try to get corsair psu they are reliable and try to get psu with 80+ certification
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