Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Is my psu suitable for my new graphics card

Last response: in Components
Share
June 1, 2014 3:33:07 PM

Help please, I have just bought a 2nd user vtx3d 7970 x-edition, but I'm thinking my current psu is not going to be upto the job, I currently have a Antec neopower 500 watt moduler psu..

My system with the new 7970 is the following
2 x ssd drive
16gb ram
Asus mb
Amd 8350
1 blu ray writer
1x Sata 7200rpm drive

If my current psu will do the job then that's great news

But failing that I have spotted a 750W psu

Called Artic blue 750, from ccl computers in the UK

Opinions please
a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 3:38:34 PM

I wouldn't trust my 7970 with a power supply you can buy for £24.79.

You need a quality power supply to run your components.


This will run your specs with the new card.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Total: £46.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-01 23:39 BST+0100)
m
0
l
June 1, 2014 3:40:02 PM

Would my antec 500 watt be suitable for my system? With my new graphics card in your opinion?

What wattage would you suggest?
m
0
l
Related resources
a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 3:42:25 PM

It may run it but it's an older power supply , get the XFX listed above , it's quality at a great price.

m
0
l
a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 4:31:13 PM

It's much better than the Artic Blue , but not as good as the XFX I posted above.
m
0
l
June 1, 2014 4:32:20 PM

Fair enough I was thinking the extra 50w would be a good thing, but I guess it comes down to build as well
m
0
l
a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 4:37:13 PM

Yes it's the quality that counts , and the XFX 550W has 44 amps on the 12v rail which will get the job done easily.
m
0
l
June 1, 2014 4:53:41 PM

Thank you for all your replies, just to put into context, could you tell my how my amps on the 12v rail does my Antec he500 have?
m
0
l
a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 5:00:42 PM

It has 3 - 17 amp rails , the XFX has a single 44 to 45 amp 12v rail.

XFX supply is a higher quality unit.
m
0
l
June 1, 2014 5:06:37 PM

Doh, not sure exactly what to do, the psu you recommend sounds like the perfect choice, good price, great reviews.

But I'm pondering, do I try the graphics card with my current psu and see if it works, I presume worse that can happen is that it won't power up, my current card is a amd 270 sapphire oc edition......... So just order the psu now or wait and test with my antec he500?
m
0
l

Best solution

a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 5:07:43 PM

It won't hurt to try it , should run it , if it does , with no issues just upgrade down the road.

But at that price the XFX is a steal for a high quality power supply.
Share
June 1, 2014 5:19:51 PM

Brilliant thank you for all your help, I shall test first with my current psu and if needed I shall buy with confidence the XFX psu you have so kindly helped me to recognise would meet my needs
m
0
l
a c 2297 ) Power supply
a c 866 U Graphics card
June 1, 2014 5:21:48 PM

Glad to help , thanks for posting.
m
0
l
!