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Will my seasonic 600w power supply run 2x 4870 graphics cards

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October 1, 2009 2:09:35 PM

system specs:-
core 2 quad qx 6700 overclocked to 3.66 mhz
foxconn black ops x48
powercolor 4870 1gb graphic
6gb corsair ddr 3 ram
seasonic ss-600ht power supply
combined 36 amp on 12 v rail total 432 w
coolermaster cosmos s case
swiftech custom water cooled with laing d5 vario pump

hi all,
my question is this,is my power supply sufficient to run 2 x 4870 ,s in crossfire on my current rig and also is it worth upgrading to 5870 instead.
many thanks in advance
expat sweating my nuts off in spain lol
October 1, 2009 2:28:59 PM

seel 4870 and get 5850
October 1, 2009 2:35:02 PM

rescawen said:
seel 4870 and get 5850

hi thanks for your reply,
i have thought about that but the performance benefits and the price of having 4870 x fire outweigh the gains of having 5850 apart from of course direct x 11 . the only downside i see is the power consumption what do you think?
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October 1, 2009 2:44:19 PM

Not with your CPU OCed and all, i don't think it's a good idea. It would be really pushing it. You would need to upgrade your PSU which is about $100ish, so really selling your 4870 on ebay for $100 and putting it towards a 5850 would be your best bet. Trust me I'm looking at the same thing and I HAVE a 750W PSU that I could crossfire another card.
October 1, 2009 3:04:51 PM

jay2tall said:
Not with your CPU OCed and all, i don't think it's a good idea. It would be really pushing it. You would need to upgrade your PSU which is about $100ish, so really selling your 4870 on ebay for $100 and putting it towards a 5850 would be your best bet. Trust me I'm looking at the same thing and I HAVE a 750W PSU that I could crossfire another card.


yes i think your right it would make more sense to opt for the 5850 which would also make my rig that bit more future proof .
it,s just that my 4870 is barely 3 months old and it all seems such a waste lol
thanks for your swift reply and talking some sense into me.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b ) Power supply
a c 147 U Graphics card
October 1, 2009 4:20:31 PM

Welcome to modern PC gaming and hardware! haha. Makes you kinda want to play console games doesn't it? haha

I paid $260 for my 4870 1GB card 10 months ago.. how do you think I feel? haha. But at least you can fetch about $100 for it and only spend about $160 for a card that almost doubles the performance of your current card. It's better than buying a PSU AND card.
October 1, 2009 4:47:24 PM

jay2tall said:
Welcome to modern PC gaming and hardware! haha. Makes you kinda want to play console games doesn't it? haha


This is, indeed, my most expensive hobby.... :) 

To the OP, go with the 5850. Much less power consumption, future proof, one minor change to your existing system. That seems like it has less cost/time than CFing and getting a more powerful PSU.
October 1, 2009 10:20:17 PM

thanks to all for your advice i,m definitly or er maybe lol going for the 5850 and then upgrade to i7 when the prices come down a bit
October 2, 2009 1:14:53 AM

im wonderin sicne you guys talk about it. what benifits will direcx 11 have exactly over dx10. i mean i know there will be speed improvements better optimazation, but dos'nt all that sorta show on the benchmarks and such. maybe im looking at this wrong, but i was gunho to get a directx 10 card, when it was first introduced but after getting it i thought later dang i should of waited and got bang for my buck, cause i seen very little improvment of dx10 over dx9. will dc11 be the same to dx10?

im thinking not but idk, thought the same on dx 10.

reason i ask is cause im seriosly needing top upgrade my 9800gtx, i cant play my new favorite mmo on to high of settings :(  so i am contemplating upgrading, just wondering how high on my list i should put it.
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