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Wow. This is exactly what I was asking for. REPPED.

I'm very trigger shy because I like to think about my purchases. I'm gonna sleep and decide on the psu in the morning when I wake up . I wish I knew this earlier, because I would've had an extra $70 to work with. Thanks for all your help.
An extra $70 would have bought you that second hard drive, and another 8800GT to SLI, lol.

You'd be surprised how far a tight budget can stretch if you know where to shop, and what parts you're looking for.

If things change...let me know and I'll keep an eye open for more super budget deals for ya. For now, I'm off to bed though.

Seriously think about that PSU though. $34.95 with promo code that ends at 10am PST is a STEAL on that unit. Plus it comes with the MIR, making it that much better. Who doesn't like getting another $15 in the mail randomly one day, 2 months later?
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befor i even read your post i looked at your psu and was thinking.... psu... upgrqade and will last for all the futuar upgrades... providing you spend all the money on a psu

but i would save the money and get a whole new build
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Ok, I just bought the PSU since the promo code and MIR (purchase date) expires today.

I'll think about the mobo/cpu/ram, but I'll probably just save the rest of my budget for the next system or get a 460GTX since I'm pretty set on SLIing the 460. I do have to do more reading though.

Thank you pioneerisloud for all your help and everyone else who contributed.
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Ok, I just bought the PSU since the promo code and MIR (purchase date) expires today.

I'll think about the mobo/cpu/ram, but I'll probably just save the rest of my budget for the next system or get a 460GTX since I'm pretty set on SLIing the 460. I do have to do more reading though.

Thank you pioneerisloud for all your help and everyone else who contributed.
I can tell you right now (from experience), you won't see a single bit of difference from the 8800GT and GTX460 with such an old CPU pushing it.

I do agree though, GTX460 SLI is really nice. And you could use the 8800GT you have as PhysX for the 460 too. Not to mention folding, you could get a lot of use from both cards folding.

Either way, its you call. But I'm glad you got a solid PSU for a great price while you could. That's at least a good start.
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I'm only going to pull about 350w from the mexican 500w psu anyways, so I'm kind of set on that for now.
Oh, hey lookie here:

Allied AL-D500EXP 500W
+12V1: 18A
+12V2: 18A

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The test five results should give you a pretty good idea why the crossloading tests weren't done. Quite simply, right after test four was begun, after recording the data and scope readings, the Allied exploded. And I'm not talking about the quiet pop of a blown fuse either, this was something to make one holler things like, "Incoming!" "Honey, I'm so scared, what's happening?" and, "You'll never take me alive, coppers!" This was accompanied by a light show to rival the best Hollywood pyrotechnics displays. I distinctly heard Mother Nature yell out, "Now that's not fair, I can do lightning WAY better than that!"
It couldn't even deliver a clean 350W even under the COLD load tests. The power output decreases as temperature rises so realistically, the PSU could probably only deliver around 250W or so.

Under no circumstances would I attempt to use this PSU for Crossfire/SLI or even a single mid to high-end GPU.

EDIT:
I see you bought the Antec. Good choice.
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If there's a microcenter near you
You can get that BP430 ($35/20AR), a quad core + mobo ($100), 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM ($40), and that TD 9800GT ($50/$40AR), and be within budget
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