500w Seasonic enough for 7950 OC'ed?

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  1. kaihonsou

    kaihonsou Member

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    Hello.

    I have a meaty, heavy Seasonic M12 500w. My system is: 2500k OC'ed to 4Ghz, 460SE, 6gb RAM, 1 SSD and 1 HDD, 2 120mm and 2 160mm fan. and a soundcard.

    I plan on upgrading to a 7950, and plan on overclocking it. Most reviews would put whole system draw at around 400w when using a 7950, but I have a good bit of hardware so I might be pushing it.

    Should I just stick with a friendlier 7870?

    Kai.
     
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  3. jacktesterson

    jacktesterson Diamond Member

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    I ran my system in my sig with a 7970 for a while off my OCZ ZT 550w without issue. (45a on 12v)

    I'm using quite a bit of voltage on my O/C too 24/7 (1.4v). Been running for near 2 yrs here fine.
     
  4. philipma1957

    philipma1957 Golden Member

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    I run an i7 3770k and a powercolor hd7990 on a 660w seasonic with a slight underclock. you should have no worries. since a hd7990 uses more than double that of a hd7950
     
  5. kaihonsou

    kaihonsou Member

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    Thanks for the responses. I thought id have to hold off the overclocking on the card but now I can go wild :)

    Kai.
     
  6. aaksheytalwar

    aaksheytalwar Diamond Member

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    I wouldn't risk it with less than a quality 650 watts.
     
  7. Eureka

    Eureka Diamond Member

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    What are you even talking about?
     
  8. jacktesterson

    jacktesterson Diamond Member

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    He has 3770k and 7970 (both low O/C's too) on a 1300w PSU. I think that explains it.
     
  9. LOL_Wut_Axel

    LOL_Wut_Axel Diamond Member

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    Looks like he's cutting it too close. aaksheytalwar, you're gonna need to upgrade to a 2000W unit soon or you risk blowing up your system.
     
  10. LOL_Wut_Axel

    LOL_Wut_Axel Diamond Member

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    Yeah, it'll be more than enough. A whole system won't consume 400W with a max OC 7950 unless you're also heavily OCing a power hog like a 3930K or a 990/990X. Your CPU OCed should still consume very little.
     
  11. Torn Mind

    Torn Mind Diamond Member

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    Seasonic has been consistent in its quality, and that quality is very good. This particular model can draw more watts than labelled, a full 170 watts more, in fact.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article676-page5.html
     
  12. buklau

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    lmao :biggrin::awe:

    Well I can run my system with a 400 watt power supply so a 500 watt power supply can run a 7950 without any issues.
     
  13. kaihonsou

    kaihonsou Member

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    Im buying a third-hand 7970 XFX Core Edition for the same price as a 7950 new. Will be the first time I have a super high end card after years of picking the mid-range of the last gen.

    If my 500w Seasonic M12 cant hack it I can try and underclock/undervolt it.
     
  14. spartan805

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    You guys are too much.

    500 is enough.