My PSU - Enough to run those 6-series cards?

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Okay, right now I have a MaxPower PX-350W PSU. Now I'm a clueless guy when it comes to PSUs, but I heard that the amps on the rails might hold your comp back, even if you have high wattage. My amps are:

115V 60Hz = 8.0A
230V 50Hz = 5A
5V = 40A
3.3V = 14A
12V = 12A

there are more, but I couldn't see them on the chart on my PSU, but anyways...

Someone told me that in order to run a 6600 or 6800, I need at least 26A on my 12V rails, so I guess my current PSU won't work?

I'm looking at this. Is it any good and will it run those 6-series cards?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817189003
 

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Well, according to the requirements for an XFX Geforce 6800GT the requirements are:
A 350W system power supply is highly recommended
Intel Pentium 4, AMD or compatible CPUs
128 MB system memory or more
PCI Express compliant motherboard

The 26A is from a 7800GTX. Here are the requirements for a XFX Geforce 7800GT:
A PCI Express-compliant motherboard
128MB system RAM minimum
50MB free hard disk space minimum
Operation system - Windows XP, Windows 2000
A minimum 400W system power supply (with 12V currect rating of 26A)
NOTE:Nvidia did not support Win9x,Winme,WinNT driver for Geforce 6 and Geforce 7 series

According to the requirements your power supply should be enough, but personally I would get something better, any suggestions from anyone else?

Edit: Forgot to mention, those specs are from Newegg.com. Also I just read on another topic that a guy called evga for support on a 6600 and he said that tech support said the card needs 17A on the 12 volt rail. If that is true, you will need a new psu.
 

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MaxPower PSU's are cruddy PSU's.

That XClio you linked looks better. I don't know XClio's reputation, so I would personally go for a Fortron Source (I know they are good quality). A Fortron 400w is 40 & a 450w is 50 @ newegg. They're quality PSU's at a great price. Other than Fortron, I'd recommend Antec, OCZ, Enermax, Seasonic... and a few others.

As important as the wattage and rails (actually, more important in many ways) is the quality of the unit - Will it hold up to > 75% load? What happens when it dies? (will it take my system with it?) - etc.

I'd get a link, but for some reason Newegg is DNS erroring... Ah, here it is - brb...

Fortron 450w
Fortron 400w

Mike.
 

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Okay, I did some research on the XClio one. Here's a review.

Review

That review, along with people at [H]ardOCP forums and user reviews from Newegg, seem to rate it very well.

I might get the Fortron for the better reputation, but the XClio looks cooler since it's black...
 

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we're talking psu's here, not cases. go for the one that won't die two weeks later and take your rig down with it. btw, i use antec's neohes, b/c they look cool.
 

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The quality of the PSU is very important. A cheap PSU uses low quality parts that will burn out faster than a good high quality one. The quality PSU's usally use heavier duty parts in them. Pick up a cheap PSU and a good quality one, and most of the time, the quality one is heavier.
 

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Well I'm still doing some research but...

I found out that XClio is made by the same OEM as Antec, and I know Antecs are usually good PSUs. I have seen some very good reviews and feedback for the XClio, so I will probably go for it.