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PSU for a 7970+OC'd 3770K?

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December 24, 2012 12:37:29 AM

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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December 24, 2012 1:14:05 AM

Guys I said keep it at 80-89 MAX. XD
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December 24, 2012 1:28:15 AM

will 550w do even if I OC the 3770k to 4.2-4.5 and maybe the 7970 as well?
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December 24, 2012 1:28:37 AM

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...


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.
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December 24, 2012 1:29:46 AM

Eying that rosewill :)  It comes with headphones, which I am desperately in need of. (Order date is January 15th-20th btw)
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December 24, 2012 1:30:49 AM

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?
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December 24, 2012 1:33:19 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 1:35:27 AM

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.js....
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December 24, 2012 1:35:42 AM

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
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December 24, 2012 1:39:55 AM

On that site it wont let me click to enter in info for an OC on 3770k
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December 24, 2012 1:40:16 AM

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...
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December 24, 2012 1:41:24 AM

I think I'll go with the rosewill :)  3 yr warranty sold me c:
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December 24, 2012 1:44:56 AM

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:
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December 24, 2012 1:49:12 AM

thanks :)  drives me 20$ over budget tho ;p oh well.
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December 24, 2012 2:03:15 AM

I would but I only order from newegg and amazon
(would prefer newegg)
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December 24, 2012 2:16:01 AM

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
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December 24, 2012 2:32:55 AM

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?
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December 24, 2012 2:48:34 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 2:52:30 AM

Any way for me to find out of V6 and Mushkin ram are compatible?
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December 24, 2012 3:18:06 AM

Kinda random, but.. Should I buy a 670 or a 7970? 670 is like 350, as where 7970 is like 380$. I'll be playing BF3, Bordelands 2, and Guns of Icarus, mostly. I've heard BF3 and BL2 leans toward nVidia.. Just wandering. Would also like to save the 20-30$
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December 24, 2012 3:24:52 AM

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 :/ 
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December 24, 2012 3:25:05 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 3:28:26 AM

Ahhhh more info xD >-< What will AVG fps be in bf3 with latest drive on 670 and 7970?
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December 24, 2012 3:37:57 AM

Definitely at least 60FPS at 1080p. Without AA probably very high.
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December 24, 2012 3:39:43 AM

I mean have the 2 compared but thanks^
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December 24, 2012 3:41:57 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 3:44:33 AM

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)
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December 24, 2012 3:45:46 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 3:46:23 AM

Ok. well the 7970 is priced at 379.99, so what's a good 670 in that price range?
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December 24, 2012 3:53:18 AM

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 ^-^
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December 24, 2012 3:53:26 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 3:56:08 AM

You get 170 dollars in games with the 7970 lol
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December 24, 2012 3:56:54 AM

Also, I'm kinda looking at the zotac 670. I really want a closed cooler unless they're just THAT hot, just because looks
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December 24, 2012 4:03:32 AM

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.
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December 24, 2012 4:05:43 AM

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
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December 24, 2012 4:13:16 AM

thanks :)  i THINK I'll get the FTW 670, Unless the 8XXX cards are out before I order parts c:
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December 24, 2012 5:27:49 AM

The Sea Islands GPU family (HD 8XXX) will come out sometime around March or later, so if you want to wait that long....
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December 24, 2012 7:08:32 PM

O. In that case, 670 it is I guess :)  Maybe I'll upgrade when the 800 nVidia cards come out c:
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December 25, 2012 3:02:57 AM

Graphics Card:

Since you mention the GTX670, here's my GTX680:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Older review:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

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_v...

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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