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July 21, 2012 10:16:00 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my PSU as I've just bought a Sapphire radeon HD 6870 and my 450W isn't up to it at all!

I'm looking to play games like battlefield 3 on it with a really decent frame rate but I'm not too bothered about ultra mega super high settings.

I have in my case currently:
1 X SATA 500GB HDD
1 X Optical DVD/CD drive (I think SATA as well)
2 X 4GB RAM chips (8GB RAM)
1 X 4.2GHz AMD FX 4170 Quad Core Bulldozer Processor
1 X Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 (I haven't turned the PC on since putting this in as I don't wanna risk putting my PSU out in seconds)
1 X Dell ST2220M 22" HD Widescreen (wasn't sure whether to include it but here it is)

I want a relatively decent set up, but now all I need is the PSU to power it. From my inexperienced research I've seen corsair, XFX, Seasonic and Silverstone (bit pricey) are the decent makes but which one is the better one and at a decent price. Obviously I want 500W + but I'm aiming for 550-600 just to make sure I don't end up with a black wall and a large hole in my case!

Might be worth adding this link in (http://support.amd.com/us/certified/power-supplies/Page...) it's AMDs list of PSUs thata are compatible with the graphics card

Thanks for your time and opinions
Alex

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July 21, 2012 10:56:46 AM

Agree with the corsair and the coolmaster, here is a couple more to think about as well:

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 21, 2012 11:03:54 AM

cheers guys, having a look into the first 2 and they seem pretty decent, I'll have a look at the latest 3 now as well :) 

would anyone recommend the best one out of those 5?

Thanks
July 21, 2012 11:30:59 AM

Well if i were to choose, i would take the CORSAIR Gaming series GS600 which avenseth12 mentioned if you are on budget, but if you can handle more 10$ i would definitely go with the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 :) 
July 21, 2012 12:13:59 PM

I'll see if I can stretch my money, I'm in the UK so I might be able to find a sneaky deal somewhere but who knows

Thanks for everyone's help so far :D 
a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2012 12:56:44 PM

SilverStone Strider (ST75F-P) 750W, Silver Plus efficiency, fully modular, quiet and very stable. Also comes as 500W and 600W.
July 21, 2012 1:14:09 PM

would the 600W Silverstone be better than the corsair TX650? it's only £7 more expensive

Also, in respect to the XFX, it's only £50 as opposed to £70 for the TX650, not sure what would be the better option. However, if the silverstone is better than the TX650 then I'll "compare" that against the XFX for price/quality and see which would be best to get

Thanks once again :p 
a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2012 1:16:50 PM

Scadandy said:
I'm aiming for 550-600 just to make sure I don't end up with a black wall and a large hole in my case!

Nothing is ever certain, you can get a lemon that blows up in your face even if you order a 1000W 80+ Platinum PSU for your ~300W system. The chances are at least hypothetically lower but they are still there.
July 21, 2012 1:21:55 PM

I see, I'll bear that in mind. Would you say I'm aiming in the right region for my rig or would you say 700W would be better?
a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2012 1:27:27 PM

A good 450-550W PSU would be perfectly fine unless you plan to either SLI/CFX or upgrade to a dual-GPU card in which case you might want to bump it up to a good 650W.
July 21, 2012 1:37:45 PM

the PSU that came with my PC is a "Win Power Plus" 450 PSU claiming to be powerful but I have my doubts. Would that be alright to use? or would one of the above PSUs that have been suggested be more sutiable?

and I'll be staying with the one GPU for the moment so SLI/CFX won't be a problem for now.
a c 122 ) Power supply
July 21, 2012 1:42:05 PM

Scadandy said:
would the 600W Silverstone be better than the corsair TX650? it's only £7 more expensive

Also, in respect to the XFX, it's only £50 as opposed to £70 for the TX650, not sure what would be the better option. However, if the silverstone is better than the TX650 then I'll "compare" that against the XFX for price/quality and see which would be best to get

Thanks once again :p 
for future reference and similar questions have a look at: Power Requirements and Specs For Popular Graphic Cards Guide by SAAIELLO, you can find the 6870 there.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/279391-28-power-requi... the XFX i linked is fine for your needs it's also made by seasonic ;) 
July 21, 2012 1:53:32 PM

Ah I see, thanks for the redirection :)  this thread can be closed now, thanks for everyone's help, I never expected such a fast and helpful bunch of responses!
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