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February 28, 2013 6:36:34 AM

Hello community!

I 'm building my new gaming pc and i want your help!

Will this psu be efficient for the card?
The card is HIS ICEQ HD 6970 2 gb and the psu is the OCZ
COREXSTREAM 500watts.

Ι know the reccomended power is 550w and that there are more efficient
Psus but my budget is really restricted!

Other components would be Phenom II x4 965,4gb ram and Asus mobo!

Thanks in advance!
February 28, 2013 6:46:06 AM

If the manufacturer of the card says 550 watts, you should get a PSU that provides 550 watts.

If your budget doesn't allow that, maybe you should pick a less powerful card.
a b ) Power supply
February 28, 2013 6:51:50 AM

If it was a really good PSU then I'd say you should be fine. It's not.

I'm also unsure why anyone is buying a HD6970 these days as they have been totally superseded by more powerful and more efficient cards. Anything more modern is going to use a lot less power.
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February 28, 2013 6:55:12 AM

So you think the SAPPHIRE HD7850 Dual-X 1gb would be better with that psu?
a b ) Power supply
February 28, 2013 6:57:06 AM

I'd say go more modern with both, no reason to use a crap PSU. You can usually get a solid PSU for a similar price.

What's your budget for both bits?
February 28, 2013 7:01:13 AM

For the card i m prepared to pay about 170 euros and about 50€ for the psu.
a b ) Power supply
February 28, 2013 7:21:09 AM

Well I don't know what country you are in, so prices are likely to bounce around quite a lot.
If you have a website (or sites) you use I could probably be more accurate.

HD6970 was a pretty high end card, if you can find a new one at that kind of price it's not bad at all. In most markets, it just isn't stocked anymore so prices have shot up. Mid range stuff like the GTX660, GTX660ti, HD7870 and to a lesser extent the HD7850 now offer similar performance at a much lower price, and lower power consumption.

Good, cheap PSUs include the XFX Core range, Antec HCG, Seasonic S12-II or the Corsair CX Bronze. All of those are 80Plus Bronze and the first 3 are made by Seasonic. The Corsair is usually very well priced and available.
A GTX660/HD7850 will happily run on any of the above's 430/450W supplies. For the HD6970/HD7870/GTX660ti I'd step up to 500/550W.
February 28, 2013 7:32:11 AM

Thanks for the extended reply!i am from Greece and i have found a HIS 6970 for only 170€ while the hd7850 2gb is 175€!

I would propably go with the HIS and gona buy an ENERMAX 650w 80 Plus for about 70€! I think thats better than 7850!right?
a b ) Power supply
February 28, 2013 7:39:55 AM

Yeah at those prices I'd get the 6970, I'd just make sure it's new.
Enermax have some decent PSUs, just check for reviews of that model.
February 28, 2013 8:25:19 AM

Rammy said:
Well I don't know what country you are in, so prices are likely to bounce around quite a lot.
If you have a website (or sites) you use I could probably be more accurate.

HD6970 was a pretty high end card, if you can find a new one at that kind of price it's not bad at all. In most markets, it just isn't stocked anymore so prices have shot up. Mid range stuff like the GTX660, GTX660ti, HD7870 and to a lesser extent the HD7850 now offer similar performance at a much lower price, and lower power consumption.

Good, cheap PSUs include the XFX Core range, Antec HCG, Seasonic S12-II or the Corsair CX Bronze. All of those are 80Plus Bronze and the first 3 are made by Seasonic. The Corsair is usually very well priced and available.
A GTX660/HD7850 will happily run on any of the above's 430/450W supplies. For the HD6970/HD7870/GTX660ti I'd step up to 500/550W.


+1. This is incredibly good advice.
a c 260 ) Power supply
February 28, 2013 12:48:37 PM

sopasis said:
Hello community!

I 'm building my new gaming pc and i want your help!

Will this psu be efficient for the card?
The card is HIS ICEQ HD 6970 2 gb and the psu is the OCZ
COREXSTREAM 500watts.

Ι know the reccomended power is 550w and that there are more efficient
Psus but my budget is really restricted!

Other components would be Phenom II x4 965,4gb ram and Asus mobo!

Thanks in advance!


Hi - a good quality 500w unit would probably suffice, and altho OCZ
has some good PSU's out there, the one you selected is not.
It is an HEC (the oem) unit, and HEC has a poor reputation,
I suggest you find a way to purch a quality PSU, a quality 500w unit
would probably be OK if had a min of 35a on the +12v rail(s)

What is your psu budget & where are you located?
maybe we can find you one you can trust.
!