PSU for a 7970+OC'd 3770K?

I need the absolute BEST PSU that can power my 7970 And OC'd 3770k as well as my other hardware, with a little headroom, for 80$. I'm WILLING to go to 89.99 or some shat, but I'd really rather not. I was gonna by the corsair CX600 but I heard it wasn;t actually 600w, and 7970 Is a pretty beefy card. thanks!

Also if you say my CPU cooler earlier, I went with the V6, just because looks + price + performance. thanks :)
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  1. Go for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    If you plan to Cross-fire this card in the future, you have to go for higher wattage PSU with more PCI-E connectors, which is more expensive.
  2. oondun said:


    This PSU won't work because HD 7970 cards use 1x PCI-E 6pin + 1x PCI-E 8pin . This PSU only have PCI-E 6pins.
  3. Guys I said keep it at 80-89 MAX. XD
  4. also, these are the parts it needs to be able to support (CX600 is still included, but I'll change it once I decide what to buy): http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16155589
  5. will 550w do even if I OC the 3770k to 4.2-4.5 and maybe the 7970 as well?
  6. Zed_Spooge said:
    also, these are the parts it needs to be able to support (CX600 is still included, but I'll change it once I decide what to buy): http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16155589


    The CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX is 89.99 after the rebate.

    There is nothing wrong with CX series but IMO, TX series seems to perform better then CX series. The price is not that far anyway.
  7. Eying that rosewill :) It comes with headphones, which I am desperately in need of. (Order date is January 15th-20th btw)
  8. ttcboy said:
    The CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX is 89.99 after the rebate.

    There is nothing wrong with CX series but IMO, TX series seems to perform better then CX series. The price is not that far anyway.

    I'd still like to look for a cheaper option first.. ANy ideas on how much extra power OCing would take?
  9. Zed_Spooge said:
    Eying that rosewill :) It comes with headphones, which I am desperately in need of. (Order date is January 15th-20th btw)


    From so many posts, rosewill PSU are like russian roulette, some are good and some are not.

    550W won't be able to hold up in long run due to capacitor aging. It is always good to have some head room but not too much.
  10. Zed_Spooge said:
    I'd still like to look for a cheaper option first.. ANy ideas on how much extra power OCing would take?


    Depend on how aggressive is ur OC. Crunch the numbers here and don't forget to put in the capacitor aging as well http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp.
  11. Rosewill is 650w, modular, newegg reviewed it, and it comes with headphones and a 3 year warranty, for 79.99. not bad from my perspective
  12. On that site it wont let me click to enter in info for an OC on 3770k
  13. You're safe within 550w(with quality psus like seasonic or xfx(seasonic oem)), the system will not draw more than ~450-500w maxload.
    But you can go with 650w, the rosewill is good for it's price, it's not a crappy psu, it has quality and it's modular, but there's also the antec neo 620w which is better for a good price, also the fsp is the one that offers more amps and it has quality and a good review.

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/FSP-Raider-650-W-Power-Supply-Review/1610/11
  14. I think I'll go with the rosewill :) 3 yr warranty sold me c:
  15. And, I got that site to work and it said even OC'd to 4/5 ghz on the cpu it'd only take 393 watts c:
  16. thanks :) drives me 20$ over budget tho ;p oh well.
  17. How about THIS ONE? (Corsair 700GS; Gaming Series; $60 + FREE SHIPPING!, no stupid MIR).
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59909&vpn=CMPSU-700G&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1285
  18. I would but I only order from newegg and amazon
    (would prefer newegg)
  19. Ok, so, overall, how do you guys rate my setup? Just to be clear:
    NZXT Lexa S Case
    i7 3770k CPU
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GPU
    500GB HDD
    2X8GB Mushkin Enhanced (1600mhz, 10 cas, 1.5v)
    20$ ASUS Optical drive
    V6 CPU Cooler
    Rosewill HIVE 650W PSU
    24" Asus monitor
    Standard keyboard, mouse, mouspad
  20. It's all good, but i don't know if you have the ram, but if you didn't bought, i recommend this one(it's better and probably cheaper) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148663

    Also what's the mobo ?
  21. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Full ATX, don't feel like finding the link

    I'm HOOKED on the look of that mushkin ram, unless do you think it wont clear my V6?
  22. I always prefer low profile ram, but i suggested because it has a good price point, better cas latency(9) and lower voltage(1.35v).
    And you have a good mobo, it's all good.
  23. Any way for me to find out of V6 and Mushkin ram are compatible?
  24. Kinda random, but.. Should I buy a 670 or a 7970? 670 is like 350, as where 7970 is like 380$. I'll be playing BF3, Bordelands 2, and Guns of Icarus, mostly. I've heard BF3 and BL2 leans toward nVidia.. Just wandering. Would also like to save the 20-30$
  25. Like, I've seen a 7970 max out BF3 with AA with like 130 fps, but in some newegg reviews i see like "Never drops beloe 36 fps!" IMO 45 fps and up is playable. soooo :/
  26. It will fit, the heatsinks are not that tall, by the contrary they're also as short as low profile ram, like i said it was the question of the timings and lower voltage of the crucial.
    You'll be fine with either of those two.
  27. Ahhhh more info xD >-< What will AVG fps be in bf3 with latest drive on 670 and 7970?
  28. Definitely at least 60FPS at 1080p. Without AA probably very high.
  29. I mean have the 2 compared but thanks^
  30. Both can get you 60 fps(or more)@1080 maxout, i have a preference for nvidia cards, they offer more smoothness, better mature drivers, exclusive features and stability.
  31. but which maxes out better/performace? I can honestly say I've wanted to build my own comp since I was 6, and I've been saving since. I don't wanna mess this up and get the wrong thing (I am 14 ;p)
  32. Both will perform about the same in performance, but the 7970 can be overclocked a bit more, About to the performance of a 680 if not more. But if you ask me, the 670 will last you longer, as it seems most companies are optimizing their games for CUDA nowadays.
  33. Ok. well the 7970 is priced at 379.99, so what's a good 670 in that price range?
  34. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685

    That MSI 670 is a good choice. The Gigabyte Windforce X3 is also.
  35. thanks a million! are you sure? xD so nervous I've been planning this for months and years and months and I order parts next weeeeeeek ^-^
  36. BTW if you didn't notice, you get $100 in games for free if you get the 670. That makes it a better choice all together.
  37. You get 170 dollars in games with the 7970 lol
  38. Also, I'm kinda looking at the zotac 670. I really want a closed cooler unless they're just THAT hot, just because looks
  39. Well GPU's with than design do run a bit hotter. Just know you aren't going to be seeing the front of the card at all. Just the side and a bit of the top.
  40. oh yeah.. I just dunno. Just link me to a card that'll look good in my NZXT Lexa S case and perform well for the max of 379.99
  41. thanks :) i THINK I'll get the FTW 670, Unless the 8XXX cards are out before I order parts c:
  42. The Sea Islands GPU family (HD 8XXX) will come out sometime around March or later, so if you want to wait that long....
  43. O. In that case, 670 it is I guess :) Maybe I'll upgrade when the 800 nVidia cards come out c:
  44. Graphics Card:

    Since you mention the GTX670, here's my GTX680:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121634

    Older review:
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/55064-asus-gtx-680-directcu-ii-top-review-11.html

    Benchmarks will have changed for all cards slightly due to drivers. Some games saw up to a 20% improvement with this card versus a stock GTX670.

    NOISE:
    This is the QUIETEST card under load with this level of performance. A big part of the reason is the massive heat sink (it's a 3-slot card). I didn't need the extra slots and the backplate and three screws mount it in solidly; no worries of bending.

    *NOISE is a very, very big deal to many people. Poor graphics card and CPU coolers are the biggest noise makers. Unlike CPU's however, the cooling solution on a graphics card is not easily changed. DO NOT get a reference cooler design.

    There are HD7970's now with similar performace (though it's back and forth between games) however raw performance isn't the entire picture. (PHYSX, TXAA, *GPU BOOST, Geforce Experience, Adaptive VSYNC).

    What is Adaptive VSYNC?
    http://hardocp.com/article/2012/04/16/nvidia_adaptive_vsync_technology_review/

    SUMMARY:
    - GTX680 DC2T ($520) is the fastest 600 series and back and forth with the FASTEST of the HD7970's

    - Make sure to get a good COOLING solution, and look at the Warranty/quality etc.

    - Make sure to REDEEM your game coupons ASAP after buying the card.
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