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    Would 500Watts be enough?

    So my setup now is:

    Asrock DE/S3 mobo
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    i5 2500 CPU
    Corsair 500W PSU
    8GB G.Skill Ripjaws ram 1333
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler for the CPU





    I am thinking about upgrading to a better GPU (GTX570 or something in that range, HOWEVER, I don't think the wattage will be enough, if I do that, will I also need to upgrade the PSU?


    I UPDATED, Read my last post.
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    An HD 7850 uses about half the power of that 460.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post
    An HD 7850 uses about half the power of that 460.
    Yes, but would it be enough if I upgrade to a GTX 570. :P I just pref the Nvidia GPU's, their card series and numbers make more sense and I trust them more.

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    For a 460, If it's at least mid-end yes, I'd avoid a low end one though, esp if you're taking that 2500k to 4.5


    Simply paying attention to the wattage of PSU isn't enough anymore, that was fine in the AGP days.

    What matters is wattage + the maintained ampage on 12v rail(s)
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    Making several assumptions about the rest of your hardware and your case.
    I plugged that hardware and some assumed ones into two online calculators which suggested 547W minimum (not taking into account fans and non-graphics expansion cards), and 600W minimum.
    So it would seem that a 650W minimum would be a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPaladinGuy View Post
    If it's at least mid-end yes, I'd avoid a low end one though, esp if you're taking that 2500k to 4.5


    Simply paying attention to the wattage of PSU isn't enough anymore, that was fine in the AGP days.

    What matters is wattage + the maintained ampage on 12v rail(s)
    Oh no, it is not a 2500k, just a 2500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerNerd View Post
    Making several assumptions about the rest of your hardware and your case.
    I plugged that hardware and some assumed ones into two online calculators which suggested 547W minimum (not taking into account fans and non-graphics expansion cards), and 600W minimum.
    So it would seem that a 650W minimum would be a good idea.
    Which calculator was that? >_>

    Seems kind of high on wattage, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerNerd View Post
    Making several assumptions about the rest of your hardware and your case.
    I plugged that hardware and some assumed ones into two online calculators which suggested 547W minimum (not taking into account fans and non-graphics expansion cards), and 600W minimum.
    So it would seem that a 650W minimum would be a good idea.
    Awww man!!

    Would this one be good then?

    http://www.alternate.nl/html/product.../?tk=7&lk=3892

    Means, I have to save up 370 euros in total to get the GPU and PSU....



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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkingler1 View Post
    Awww man!!

    Would this one be good then?

    http://www.alternate.nl/html/product.../?tk=7&lk=3892
    No, that's overkill, a mid range 500 will be fine, but if you have the money you might as well aim for a high-end 650 to future-proof for SLI.

    Online calculators for power consumption show more than what a system would actually use, you're honestly fine with a mid range 500 for a single 460 with that hardware, but it never hurts to have a buffer, aim for a 550 psu esp if you're going for a generic/obligatory 2500k 4.5 OC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPaladinGuy View Post
    No, that's overkill, a mid range 500 will be fine, but if you have the money you might as well aim for a high-end 650 to future-proof for SLI.

    Online calculators for power consumption show more than what a system would actually use, you're honestly fine with a mid range 500 for a single 460 with that hardware, but it never hurts to have a buffer, aim for a 550 psu
    But what if overkill is not a problem for my wallet too much? Because I am willing to buy it, just to future proof it some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkingler1 View Post
    But what if overkill is not a problem for my wallet too much? Because I am willing to buy it, just to future proof it some more.
    Then future proof it for SLI, as in a high quality 600+ PSU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPaladinGuy View Post
    Then future proof it for SLI, as in a high quality 600+ PSU.
    Okay then, what about a
    http://www.alternate.nl/html/product...50TXV2/816002/

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkingler1 View Post

    That's the exact PSU I have and It's rated as to handle 570 SLI with plenty of power to spare.

    Edit - Had a derpy moment, I have the 850.

    Regardless, the 650 would be a better choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPaladinGuy View Post
    That's the exact PSU I have and It's rated as to handle 570 SLI with plenty of power to spare.
    :O Ok, 650 TX, you will be mine next month... I swear you will....

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkingler1 View Post
    Great choice.

    In terms of the Corsair lines, let me learn you some infos:

    AX > TX => HX > GS > CX.

    That's the gist I get from them after seeing reviews and reading peoples' responses on using them. Personally would not use the GS or CX lines and the HX line isn't a SeaSonic OEM, unlike AX and TX, so I don't trust it quite as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkingler1 View Post
    :O Ok, 650 TX, you will be mine next month... I swear you will....
    Re-read the post, edited it.

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    Anandtech have a 570 @ ~412W with a cpu which draws ~20w more at stock then an i5-2500k (They have it oc at 4.3Ghz in the test) so your probably safe if you don't go bonkers with fans + Hdds. p.s Wouldn't waiting for a 660ti be wiser?

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/n...w-feat-evga/17

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyaral View Post
    Anandtech have a 570 @ ~412W with a cpu which draws ~20w more at stock then an i5-2500k (They have it oc at 4.3Ghz in the test) so your probably safe if you don't go bonkers with fans + Hdds. p.s Wouldn't waiting for a 660ti be wiser?

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/n...w-feat-evga/17
    Really?....so should I upgrade or not?...

    You know what..I am just going to do it, simply to futureproof.
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    UPDATE:

    I ordered an HD 7870 and it will come in tomorrow, could I possibly run it on my 500 watt PSU? Somebody said I probably could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkingler1 View Post
    UPDATE:

    I ordered an HD 7870 and it will come in tomorrow, could I possibly run it on my 500 watt PSU? Somebody said I probably could.
    OFC.. a 500 watt will be able to run almost two 7870. Probably a 650 watt would be required but ye.. You're fine with one, and don't look for SLI options, usually they're not worth it so getting a PSU future proof is not stupid proof. Buy a better single GPU and you're GG.
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