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Purchasing Assistance - Newbie

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March 20, 2014 6:16:54 PM

I would like to upgrade my video card. I currently have a Radeon R7 250 2gb (Saphire) and would like to get something like a Radeon 7950 or 7970. Unfortunately my Power supply is only 350watts. (model number here IP-S350CQ2-0)
im kind of new to this scene but would like to upgrade my power supply but have no idea what i need to buy. the minimum wattage for a card at my interest level is 500 watts.
Could someone possibly assist me with this? :) 

Thank you for your time

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March 20, 2014 6:28:55 PM

now im only concerned about dimensions lol. is that the same size as the current one i have?
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March 20, 2014 6:29:53 PM

and has same cords with the same pins and what not :o 

Thanks btw
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a b ) Power supply
a c 92 U Graphics card
March 20, 2014 6:36:24 PM

The power supply is the same size and even if you have a mid tower I would expect the card to fit. If the psu doesn't have the right connector, you can buy cheap converters that will solve that problem with little effort. If you don't know which converters you need to get and ask me. :) 
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March 20, 2014 7:02:40 PM

im a little confused as the PSU posted says its 550w, the r9 280 says a minimum of 750w
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a b ) Power supply
a c 92 U Graphics card
March 20, 2014 7:08:00 PM

750w for a single 280? No way. 550w will be more than enough.
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a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2014 7:34:07 PM

ak47jar3d! Why are you recommending a Tier 3 Power Supply for a build that is going to draw a fair amount of power? At least a Tier 2 if not Tier 1 for a build like this.

clayton2k9 what CPU do you have? If you get a high end GPU and have a low end CPU it's going to bottleneck (hold back its potential) the GPU.
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March 20, 2014 7:46:29 PM

i have a H87 Intel chipset motherboard w/ Intel core i7-4770 8mb cache, 3.40Ghz, 32GB DDr3
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a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2014 8:00:12 PM

Woahhh hold up there. If you're not doing any EXTREME editing or 3D rendering and just gaming go ahead and step down to the i5-4670 and 8 GB of RAM. Even for editing anything more than 16 GB is excessive.

Radeon R9 cards are currently way overpriced because of cryptocurrency miners buying them in bulk. At $650 this is the best Single GPU card on the market.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($649.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $649.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 22:59 EDT-0400)

Don't even touch the PSU ak47 sent you for a build like this. Get one of these. They are extremely good quality PSUs built by Seasonic.

EDIT: I posted the wrong one before. I updated the link below.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $99.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 23:01 EDT-0400)
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a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2014 8:33:35 PM

That would be it :) 
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