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A GTX can only pull 75W+75W+75W=225W as that's all the PCIe connectors can give it.

Take into account that they build in enormous headroom for power into these cards. They have had quadcore systems pull less than 500W with a GTX. I feel that safely you can go a GTS or a GTX if you're daring.
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I ran an 8800gts 320 with my E6300 at 3.2 ghz on an Antec 480 watt psu with no problems at all. I know it's not recommended because it would be stressing that PSU to the max but you could definitely do it.
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My power supply is a 430W Seasonic (high quality brand) with 348W to the 12V rails. +12V1 is rated @ 14 amps and +12V2 is 15 amps. Here is a link to the datasheet http://www.seasonic.com/pdf/datasheet/01PC/S12.pdf

I'm not one of those people with a whole bunch of devices leeching off my PSU as I only use one optical drive and one PCI card. I am using a single 120mm case fan.

What's the best card I can get? Are the nvidia 8000 series more energy efficient than the 7000 series?

No, I am not going to spend money on a new PSU.

I'll probably be eviscerated here, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest the 8600 gt. IMHO hands down the best price/performance gfx card on the market. Stock its performance is roughly in line with the 7900gs/1950pro, but it can easily OC matching 7950gt+ level performance.

Here are a few threads from the OCN community regarding 8600gt OC'n + performance:

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/2138...00gt-long.html

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/2100...ghlight=8600gt
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Seasonic make VERY good psus..it can handle more than you think, but highest i would go on that would be a 8800GTS..get that or an X1950XT <<best dx9 card bang for buck..that my recommendation.
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