Is this good?

Ok so i am getting a build with 3 6870's(most likely, unless i decide on another gpu), and i was wondering if the AX1200 from corsair is good, or is it too much wattage? Should i go with a 1000w instead?

No i am no going to oc ram, cpu, etc.(except for the gpu's)

Thanks for reading
-terps
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  1. You can't crossfire 3 6870's, you can only do 2. The current psu you have atm is perfectly fine for crossfireing both of them. It even has enough for a dual 570, and possibly 680 setup.
  2. 3x6870s?absolute waste friend!they will give you good performance but-
    1-)3-way Sli/CF is not owrth it.scaling is bad.for example if you are getting 30 fps with one 6870,3x will not make it 90!
    2-)they will produce ridiculous amount of heat and noise.
    3-) unnecessary power consumption.
    a single 6870 roughly costs $160.3 will cost $480.for $500,you can get the fastest single gpu gtx 680.which is a newer technology.it is 28nm gpu,less heat+cooler operation+less power consumption+more power+more overclocking=endless fun.
    i hope you got my point.
  3. I didn't know you could trifire 6870's...
  4. 1000W is overkill for any dual SLI setup. 850W would be more suitable.
  5. masseybe84 said:
    1000W is overkill for any dual SLI setup. 850W would be more suitable.

    650W is plenty for his needs.
  6. For Dual 680s?
  7. And I'm almost certain 6870s only have 1 crossfire bridge. For around the same price as three 6870s you can get 2 570s or a single 680. Either would be a better choice.
  8. i dont think you can put three 6870s but you can put 6870x2+6870.
  9. hellfire24 said:
    i dont think you can put three 6870s but you can put 6870x2+6870.

    Hmm yeah I forgot about the 6870x2 cards out on the market.
  10. i guess you can quadfire but that's a no brainer!
  11. did i ever say i way going to 3 way crossfire? no

    So for 3 6870's would a 1200w be fine or should i go with a 1000w?(my original question that no one attempted to answer)
  12. An OCd sytem with an HD6870 will consume somewhere around 300W: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-review/10
    A single 6870 consumes about 140W at full load. Since you've failed to state your actual configuration and whether or not you were going to OC the GPUs, I will assume the two additional cards will not be OCd and use full load power consumption. 300W + 140W + 140W = 580W. Using your current PSU, you would still have 170W spare capacity and operate at 77% PSU capacity while at full load. While this operating load is not at the center of the efficiency sweet spot, it is close to it. If you're going to OC all of the GPUs, then power consumption will obviously be higher while at full load. The amount will vary based on your OC level and the cards. Your current PSU is sufficient to power your intended config, but OCing the GPUs may require additional capacity while at full load.
  13. Rugger said:
    An OCd sytem with an HD6870 will consume somewhere around 300W: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-review/10
    A single 6870 consumes about 140W at full load. Since you've failed to state your actual configuration and whether or not you were going to OC the GPUs, I will assume the two additional cards will not be OCd and use full load power consumption. 300W + 140W + 140W = 580W. Using your current PSU, you would still have 170W spare capacity and operate at 77% PSU capacity while at full load. While this operating load is not at the center of the efficiency sweet spot, it is close to it. If you're going to OC all of the GPUs, then power consumption will obviously be higher while at full load. The amount will vary based on your OC level and the cards. Your current PSU is sufficient to power your intended config, but OCing the GPUs may require additional capacity while at full load.


    If i were to oc all of the gpu's but nothing else, should i get a corsair ax1200?

    Rest of my build is a amd sempron 145, 4gb of ram, MSI 890FXA-GD70 mobo.


    Thanks
  14. a quality 1000w will do fine.6870 is not a very power hungry card.this is my suggestion-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116013&Tpk=1000w
    a very good unit.and it's johnyguru recommended!
  15. I based my number on the rig in your sig. Your CPU/rig will consume considerably less....probably closer to 150W and that will put your non-OC power consumption at full load around 430W. If you're not using that OCZ ZT 750W in your sig, then a good quality 750W PSU would be more than sufficient to power your rig. The issue will be finding a PSU (6) 6-pin 75W PCIe power connectors. Here are a couple of options:
    1. PC P&P Silencer Mk II 950W @ $130 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
    2. NZXT Hale82 @ $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116016

    I'd go for the PC P&C: 80+ Silver, 7 year warranty and less expensive.
  16. Rugger said:
    I based my number on the rig in your sig. Your CPU/rig will consume considerably less....probably closer to 150W and that will put your non-OC power consumption at full load around 430W. If you're not using that OCZ ZT 750W in your sig, then a good quality 750W PSU would be more than sufficient to power your rig. The issue will be finding a PSU (6) 6-pin 75W PCIe power connectors. Here are a couple of options:
    1. PC P&P Silencer Mk II 950W @ $130 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
    2. NZXT Hale82 @ $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116016

    I'd go for the PC P&C: 80+ Silver, 7 year warranty and less expensive.


    oh my bad!!!i forgot that pc and power cooling psu.recently a toms member(g-unit)got one and he said it is one of the best psu!highly recommended.
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