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July 18, 2011 8:38:11 AM

So, I just bought everything to copy the "System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $500 Gaming PC"
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970.html

But, when I made my order on Newegg. I bought the
"SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870"http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102913

Did I make a good mistake or a horrible one? Do I need to send it back and get the "Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1 GB" instead?

Thank you in advance for the help!

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July 18, 2011 9:34:01 AM

^ Na, its a logical one,... But did you buy the EA380 ?? Or any other PSU ??
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July 18, 2011 9:35:06 AM

The reason I ask that is because for the 6870, going with a higher powered PSU would be better,...
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July 18, 2011 9:38:31 AM

I did get the ea380, I was going to get the Antec HCG-520 but, they were sold out before i could get it.
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July 18, 2011 10:05:37 AM

I can't cancel the order i have to wait for it to get here, send it back then upgrade....fail.
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July 18, 2011 10:26:05 AM

Thank you for the help, looks like i'll be getting the OCZ Pro500 asap.
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July 18, 2011 6:04:08 PM

Looking at GPU charts here and on Anandtech, the 6870 only uses about 15 more watts than the 6850. The power consumption of the over-clocked June $500 build is 179W. The EA380 would be enough for 194W, no?
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July 19, 2011 4:01:20 AM

^ No I dint say that the EA 380 cant handle the 6870, but it would be always be in heavy load when doing CPU/ GPU intensive tasks, - Games and such and thus higher failure rates later on,... Also taking capacitor aging into account, if you want to keep the PSU for a longer time, then you should have more than enough and not just enough amount of power,...
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