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TwoCables: Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write that out. It's a breath of fresh air to have things actually explained instead of trying to figure it out based on random anecdotes in product reviews and forums.

Your logic is compelling. I will stretch (okay, break) my budget a bit and buy a new PSU along with my new card. Also, after I read your post, I remembered that suspend-to-RAM stopped working at some point in my system, in both Linux and Windows, when it had worked previously, and I kind of suspected the PSU. So it will be interesting to see if a new PSU resolves that issue.

I figure as long as I'm buying a new PSU, I might as well get a card that needs it, so I'm thinking the 6850. Any recommendations on which 6850 to get? (on newegg, of course)

And on the PSU front, any thoughts on the Corsair 600W PSU recommended upthread? I think 600W should be plenty for me, since I don't imagine myself ever wanting to SLI/CrossFire anything, (my mobo doesn't even have the slots) and I never overclock anything. (Maybe I shouldn't admit that on this forum. )

Thanks again for all your help and direction guys, I really appreciate it.
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TwoCables: Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write that out. It's a breath of fresh air to have things actually explained instead of trying to figure it out based on random anecdotes in product reviews and forums.

Your logic is compelling. I will stretch (okay, break) my budget a bit and buy a new PSU along with my new card. Also, after I read your post, I remembered that suspend-to-RAM stopped working at some point in my system, in both Linux and Windows, when it had worked previously, and I kind of suspected the PSU. So it will be interesting to see if a new PSU resolves that issue.

I figure as long as I'm buying a new PSU, I might as well get a card that needs it, so I'm thinking the 6850. Any recommendations on which 6850 to get? (on newegg, of course)

And on the PSU front, any thoughts on the Corsair 600W PSU recommended upthread? I think 600W should be plenty for me, since I don't imagine myself ever wanting to SLI/CrossFire anything, (my mobo doesn't even have the slots) and I never overclock anything. (Maybe I shouldn't admit that on this forum. )

Thanks again for all your help and direction guys, I really appreciate it.
You're very welcome. It's a real pleasure and privilege to be able to help out!

Regarding the CX600: there are higher quality PSUs for that price range that will still easily power your system with a 6850 in it. Here are two:

Although, I think both of these PSUs are identical internally. However, I'm not 100% sure on that. Either way though, I am 100% sure that these PSUs are better than the CX600.
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