5970, I7920 OC, PSU requirements
Hey there, I'm building a system with an XFX 5970 and an I7 920 @4ghz, 12gb ddr3. Do you guys think an 850w PSU would suffice? needless to say I would be looking to overclock the card.
A HD 5970 proximately consumes 450 Watts knowing that you o/c your I7 920 + 12 GB DDR3. I advise you SeaSonic X750 Gold.
Here are the official power requirements for the brand new ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 video card.
ATI Radeon™ HD5970 System Requirements:
PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
650 Watt or greater power supply with one 75 watt, 6-pin and one 150 watt, 8-pin PCI Express® power connectors
850 Watt power supply with two 75 watt 6-pin, and two 150 watt, 8-pin, PCI Express connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode
The power supply recommendations are for an entire pc system.
Corsair and Seasonic are two of the brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Some of the newer models come with a 7 year warranty. Lately we've been seeing a few other brands offering some high quality units.
if you want to quadfire, 1000w and above is needed, esp with 5970s.
I would suggest that since you are buying high end parts now, go with a HX 1000 or a toughpower 1200w or something like that, as you will want room to grow and I hope you are getting something like a HAF 932 or antec 1200 to house all of this.
in this current setup, the 850w is more than enough, and should even allow for a few more hdds and what nots
yap well if you have one already then use it first, and when you quadfire simply grab a better one then, psu prices don't really fluctuate like gpu or cpu prices on the good brands (save xmas and what nots) and so there isn't a rush for it
the cosmos s sport is seems to be a fine case and should do you well, although i still favorite the HAF 932 my self since it has 3x 230 mm fans for maximum airflow, but the cosmos do look sleeker and with it's 150 cfm side fan it can't be that much worse off for gfx cooling than the 932