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HD 6850: Do I have enough power?

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August 12, 2012 9:36:33 PM

Hey. Trying to find out if I can safely run this new card without having to upgrade my psu. Here's the card I want to upgrade to:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

Here's a list of my components, including my crap 400w PSU:
PSU: Dynex 400W
MOBO:Asus M4A87TD
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 960t
RAM: 2x4gb GSKILL ddr3
HDD: Samsung hd160jj/p 7200rpm
Drives: 1x cd drive 1x dvd drive, but rarely use them
Current video card: Radeon HD 4350

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a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2012 11:59:13 PM

I would go with this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A bit less powerful (also a bit less expensive) but draws about 80W on full load (5W more than what the pci-e slot can provide). I think a 6850 would blow that PSU up.
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August 13, 2012 2:41:42 PM

Word. Thanks for the replies. I figured I'd have to upgrade my PSU...
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2012 3:18:46 PM

visevo said:
Word. Thanks for the replies. I figured I'd have to upgrade my PSU...


Why not get the 7770 without getting a new PSU? It's a very capable card and will be a good fit for your 960T. If you decide to upgrade your PSU to a 500W+ good brand unit, do yourself a favor and get something better than a 6850, a 7850 for example.

Good luck!
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August 13, 2012 4:27:32 PM

diec4st said:
Why not get the 7770 without getting a new PSU? It's a very capable card and will be a good fit for your 960T. If you decide to upgrade your PSU to a 500W+ good brand unit, do yourself a favor and get something better than a 6850, a 7850 for example.

Good luck!


I'll probably end up going with the 7770. My main goal here is to run SC2 with > minimum settings. It's the only game I play atm.
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August 13, 2012 5:43:47 PM

Best answer selected by visevo.
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August 13, 2012 11:03:52 PM

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