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ATI 6870 - 500W PSU (PLEASE HELP URGENT!)

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January 2, 2012 2:44:21 AM

Hello,
I am going to buy and ATI Radeon HD 6870 in about a week or so, and I was wondering if my pc and PSU would be good enough to handle the card. Thanks!

SPECS:
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 970 Black Edition
Ram: 16gb G-Skill DDR3
HDD: Seagate 2tb 5900 rpm
Case: HAF 932 Advanced Black Edition
Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TD - V
PSU: Rocketfish 500w (600w Max) PSU

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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:03:55 AM

Does the PSU have the connectors, yes. If it supplies 500w should it be fine, yes. Do I trust the make of the PSU, NO. You can try to run it but only some PSU companies are trusted and that is not one of them. Recommend buying a new one and not chancing it on your new $160 card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These will also work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:08:32 AM

:hello:  Welcome to the forums.

The 6870 is a pretty efficient card. It needs about 12 - 13 amp (~150 watts).

A good 500 watt PSU would be adequate. Unfortunately, the Rocketfish PSU's are hardly "good" PSU's. My best estimates lie somewhere between "maybe" and "prbably".
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a c 254 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:18:20 AM

A rocketfish power supply , now there's a brand name that speaks solid dependability and power (NOT). I would like to know what video card you are currently using. If you have some spare cash , then I highly recomend getting a new power supply and I would at least get one that is bigger than what you have , I can't see getting the same watts if your going to get a new one.

SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any one of these is a reputable psu maker and a quality known Brand that you can be confident with.
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January 2, 2012 3:22:53 AM

Well I have had my rocketfish power supply ever since april, and it seems like it has been holding up fine. And it has a 600w max so i think it would be ok. The card I use now is an ATI Radeon HD 4670, and it has started to crash a bit. It works on most games, but harder to run games like Skyrim, Fallout and APB Reloaded it will crash on. I think the card overheats, i get a no signal and I have to restart my computer. I highly doubt that it is the PSU
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a c 254 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:29:08 AM

Wow $80 for that psu , what a rip off. You really do need to get a better psu. But it's your choice and we can only recomend , it's your Pc and your maybe new video card.
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:36:18 AM

inzone said:
Wow $80 for that psu , what a rip off. You really do need to get a better psu. But it's your choice and we can only recomend , it's your Pc and your maybe new video card.

Sorry, but great way of putting it. Maybe new, maybe new with a hole fried in it by the PSU.
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January 2, 2012 3:38:47 AM

Are you guys sure that I should get a different power supply? I wanted to spend another 50-60 dollars on a razer deathadder mouse, but now I might go ahead and get a new power supply
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a c 94 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:40:23 AM

affirmative go for the power supply first
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a c 254 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:44:43 AM

Sometimes you have to go with the higher priorities and the psu is that.
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 3:58:37 AM

We have listed a lot of good PSU in your price range. Please pick from one of them or a stated brand.
Kingwin is good? It has a voltage switch, I chose to stay away from those.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 4:03:19 AM

You really need to realize that you have to pay for quality and reliability and the cheapest is not the way to go. No one on this forum is going to recomend to you a cheap ,noname bad quality psu so if that is what you want to get then just go and buy one and don't expect us to support that decision. A number of psu's have ben recomended to you so the decision is now in your hands.
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January 2, 2012 4:04:56 AM

are thermaltake supplies on the same level as rocketfish?
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a c 254 U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 4:07:37 AM

No but they are close , I had one blow up inside my Pc one time , fortunatly nothing was damaged and they did replace it , and the replacement didn't work that well so it's now on a shelf in my basement.
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2012 4:19:56 AM

Wow you just have to ask on every PSU brand that isn't listed and they aren't listed for a good reason.
Even this PSU would run what you want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price is lower initially but after rebate some other (OCZ and Corsair 500w) are cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use this for PSU requirements.
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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