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GTX 670 or HD7970 with 650 watt PSU

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February 12, 2013 4:39:31 PM

Hi,
I'm having a hard time deciding between GTX 670 and HD7970. I'm leaning toward 7970 at the moment due to "Never Settle" bundle. But I'm a bit worry about their power requirement. When calculated using extreme power supply calculator, I'm coming very close to the recommended power requirement (634 watt assuming 100% cpu uti, peak, and 20% aging). While using GTX 670 it's only 575 watt.

My power supply is corsair TX650 v2, it's only 6 month old so I'm not looking to replace it.
My monitor resolution is 1080p with 1 23' pc monitor and 1 40' 3d HDTV (love playing skyrim on the big screen :love:  )

Is it safe for me to go ahead with HD7970 (Gigabyte GV-R797OC-3GD) or should I go with GTX 670? My main concern is that my PSU won't last very long if pushed with higher power requirement and I it won't be enough for the Gigabyte 7970 since it's overclocked edition.
Price are the same in my country but I got free game with AMD.

The rest of the spec:
Asus P8z6 m-pro
i5 2500k (OC to 4300)
2x4 Corsair DDR3 1600
SSD Corsair force gt, 1 wd black, 1 wd green, 1 old HDD, 1 external usb WD My passport
1 external DVD Combo
SB Recon3d PCIE
NZXT fan control, 3 extra fan
xbox controller, razer naga razer black widow ultimate, Logitech k400
Corsair TX650 V2 (650 watt)
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February 12, 2013 5:08:47 PM

650 watts should be fine for the system with either card.
February 12, 2013 5:36:46 PM

Thanks for the reply.
Can I safely overclock the cpu and gpu? Or should I just use the stock speed until I get bigger PSU?
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February 12, 2013 5:43:34 PM

edhen23 said:
Thanks for the reply.
Can I safely overclock the cpu and gpu? Or should I just use the stock speed until I get bigger PSU?
you can overclock you won't have no issues :) 
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February 12, 2013 5:56:56 PM

7970 uses far less power then 670
February 15, 2013 10:42:18 PM

It's turn out my cases can't handle long graphic card....it seem that I have to hunt for new case as well. Have my eyes on carbide 500r or haf xm.

I tought 7970 uses more power based on Extreme power supply calculator website.
February 15, 2013 11:09:54 PM

sanilmahambre said:
7970 uses far less power then 670


Are you nuts :non: 
The 670 (149 Watts) uses less power than a 7970 (195 Watts). The 670 has 2 X6 pin connectors but the 7970 has 1 6pin and 1 8pin.
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