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Antec PSUs are the last thing i will buy, after even corsair (basically because of being overpriced)
Grab the Seasonic. Don't be dissapointed. Grab the 650W smile.gif

And that should be sufficient for my needs. Sounds like I'll need to overclock my CPU as well so I want to be sure. It seems quite a price jump from the Seasonic 550W to the Seasonic 650W.

Only real concern is just how much a bottleneck my CPU might be, sounds like it could be an issue. I'm reminded how conflicting opinions can really confuse you when it comes to which components are most suitable. biggrin.gif Still, your help is appreciate.
post #12 of 26
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Update: So I've gone an put in a preorder for the Asus AMD R9 280X Matrix for the sake of it. Not released until Friday the 18th and I'm hopeful I should get a PSU sorted out, plus I can cancel if I don't think it's worth it. Right now I'm looking towards the Seasonic 750w because I want to have the comfort that it will give me the space to expand if need be in the future.
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Update: So I've gone an put in a preorder for the Asus AMD R9 280X Matrix for the sake of it. Not released until Friday the 18th and I'm hopeful I should get a PSU sorted out, plus I can cancel if I don't think it's worth it. Right now I'm looking towards the Seasonic 750w because I want to have the comfort that it will give me the space to expand if need be in the future.

cancel that ASUS R9 280X matrix pre-order. get the asus hd 7970 matrix platinum for £222. £100 savings. thats not a small amount of money. you are getting the exact same card with same PCB and cooler and same clocks. only rebranded as R9 280X. thumb.gif

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-293-AS

use that amazon gift card for the psu purchase
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cancel that ASUS R9 280X matrix pre-order. get the asus hd 7970 matrix platinum for £222. £100 savings. thats not a small amount of money. you are getting the exact same card with same PCB and cooler and same clocks. only rebranded as R9 280X. thumb.gif

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-293-AS

use that amazon gift card for the psu purchase

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Surprisingly enough over in the states the 280x matrix is $50 bucks cheaper than its 7970 counterpart though.
    
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The Gigabyte 280X WindForce is a pretty nice alternative to the Matrix. Same boost speeds but the memory is clocked lower but the card seems to overclock well:

PCPartPicker part list

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£235.68 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.91 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £285.59
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The Gigabyte 280X WindForce is a pretty nice alternative to the Matrix. Same boost speeds but the memory is clocked lower but the card seems to overclock well:

PCPartPicker part list

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£235.68 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.91 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £285.59
Anyone knows the 7970 Windforce is voltage locked right? I don't want to see somebody buying a "nice alternative" and possibly having it locked
 
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post #17 of 26
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Just noticed that the Asus R9 280X/7970 Matrix card might have an issue with my Asus P6TD Motherboard. There's an heatsink that might block me from using that card due to height, it never crossed my mind considering it's an Asus motherboard but it's a good few years old now so that might explain that. Will have to check for sure, but the Matrix appears to take up three slots so that could be an issue. It's a great looking card though. Oh and one quick question, noticed the 7970 version doesn't support DirectX 11.2? Not a big issue right? Is that something driver support can update on the card?

Anyway I'll read up on it and discover more. I won't go canceling that preorder just yet, I noticed the 7970 Matrix is priced almost around the 280X which is sort of a shame but makes sense. rolleyes.gif
Sadly it seems we get a rough deal of it price-wise in the UK, not as bad as some places but we do tend to pay more.

Thanks for the input, great help.

Edit: On quick futher inspection it looks like it would fit. Plus the Antec 1200 case should be big enough. the 5870 takes up two and I was looking at the fitting in the wrong way, stupid me! If anything it's my sound card that might be moving.

It's early here... I'm still sleepy! smile.gif
Edited by MachoFantastico - 10/14/13 at 12:14am
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Just noticed the 7970 Matrix Platinum doesn't have an HDMI connection. I primarily use HDMI to connect to my computer so that's a factor. It appears you get a converter included in the package but I'm curious to know if there is any difference in doing this instead of a straight simple HDMI connection? Thanks.
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I apologize to keep bothering you guys, but I've finally heard something from a tech friend of mine. Apparently he as a Corsair Professional Series AX 760 Watt Platinum Power Supply he can sell me for £80. I've bought stuff off him before and he's a good dude. Have read some reviews and this thing is highly regarded (apparently theres a Seasonic involvement to, according to one review I read) so I'm interested to know what you think. Apparently these things go for £100+ but he owes me from a while back and is willing to cut the price down. Thoughts?
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I apologize to keep bothering you guys, but I've finally heard something from a tech friend of mine. Apparently he as a Corsair Professional Series AX 760 Watt Platinum Power Supply he can sell me for £80. I've bought stuff off him before and he's a good dude. Have read some reviews and this thing is highly regarded (apparently theres a Seasonic involvement to, according to one review I read) so I'm interested to know what you think. Apparently these things go for £100+ but he owes me from a while back and is willing to cut the price down. Thoughts?

how old is the psu ? normally the platinum are top of the range with 7 year warranty. thumb.gif make sure you get the invoice so there are no problems with warranty.

http://www.corsair.com/en/power-supply-units/ax-series-power-supply-units/ax760-atx-power-supply-760-watt-80-plus-platinum-certified-fully-modular-psu.html

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/corsair_ax760_psu_review,1.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Professional-Series-Modular-Platinum/dp/B00A74X9SO
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