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Can I run a 6950 2 gig (unlocked 6970 shaders) with 520 watt Seasonic?

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April 30, 2011 9:04:16 PM

Here is my current build:

1. i5 2500k 3.3 GHZ 6MB Cache LGA1155 --------------------------------------------------------------- $196.64 w/ tax @MicroCenter
2. P8P67 R3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard ---------------------------------------------------- $152.94 w/ tax @MicroCenter
3. SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ----------------------------------------------------------------$74.59 w/tax, shipping, etc, @newegg
4. G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600-------------------------------- $69.00 w/ tax@newegg
5. Samsung SpinPoint F3 HDD 1 TB ---------------------------------------------------------------- $59.53 w/tax @newegg
6. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower ----------------------------$54.07 before rebate / $39.07 after rebate @newegg
7. Cooler Master Hyper 212+ -------------------------------------------------------- $33.05 before rebate / 23.05 after rebate @ Fry's



The PSU is a SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze psu. Here is the newegg link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I ended up getting this PSU, because I thought that I was going to get a GTX 460, but now I'm thinking about spending an extra C-note and getting one of the 6950's that everybody is unlocking the shaders to a 6970. I know this card needs a lot of power, and the Seasonic is actually a decent PSU, but I would have gotten a stronger PSU if I knew I was going to consider the 6950. I was thinking maybe a 5850 or GTX 460, so I didn't think I'd run into problems.


Here is the GPU that I'm considering:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-...

I know it says out of stock right now, but I'll be looking for something similar.
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April 30, 2011 9:41:12 PM

yes. Seasonic is one of the best if not the best makers of PSU's. Just look at most if not all of the top models XFX, Corsair, Antec etc has and check their OEM. Yup made by seasonic.

Thats a solid PSU you have there and yes it can run a 6950 unlocked and whatever else you might put it in (with a decent OC).
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April 30, 2011 9:52:21 PM

lilotimz said:
yes. Seasonic is one of the best if not the best makers of PSU's. Just look at most if not all of the top models XFX, Corsair, Antec etc has and check their OEM. Yup made by seasonic.

Thats a solid PSU you have there and yes it can run a 6950 unlocked and whatever else you might put it in (with a decent OC).



I'll also be overclocking the i5 2500k of course, otherwise, no need for the 212+. I'm just a total PC newb, so I don't know how to calculate precise loads on the PSU, etc, etc.
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April 30, 2011 10:20:20 PM

LarryJones1 said:
I'll also be overclocking the i5 2500k of course, otherwise, no need for the 212+. I'm just a total PC newb, so I don't know how to calculate precise loads on the PSU, etc, etc.

I'm a new Hyper 212 Plus fan. I just put one in a machine I built today (for music production) and it keeps the CPU a couple of degrees (C) cooler with its one fan than my H50 does with a push/pull fan setup on my gaming machine (in my signature). I got the 212 Plus for $25 after rebates whereas the H50 with the 2 better than stock H50 fans cost was around a $100 investment. I feel like Corsair really pulled one over on me with that one. We live and learn...

But the 212 Plus... Talk about a cost-effective cooling solution! It's really a decent product!
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April 30, 2011 11:19:37 PM

That should be able to run it... The 6950 needs a minimum of a 500w psu. If you unlock the shaders, you'll be pushing the limits for your psu. The 6970 is rated for a 550w psu. You should be able to run the 6950, but you may end up hitting the limit of what your power supply can really take if you start doing a lot of heavy overclocking...
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April 30, 2011 11:21:17 PM

Just one more comment... I bought two 6950s a couple weeks ago and installed them incrossfire. These cards are AWESOME!
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