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My old psu, which was an antec and had very strong +12v rails blew on my months ago and I have been rolling with this thing since. I just upgraded from a San Diego to a E2140, which I think actually uses less power, and now I want to get a new gpu. I was wondering if it could take any of the following;

8600gt/gts
ati equivalent to the 8600gt/gts
8800gs/gt
the ati equivalent to the 8800gs/gt

Thanks in advance
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It should, 36a isn't too shabby. What brand is it?
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It should, 36a isn't too shabby. What brand is it?
It looks to be generic to me o.o
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what brand but i should be ok also you dont just add up the two rails its different but im sure it's enough for an 8600gt even a 8800gt would be ok on it
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I cant recall the brand name....and it dosen't have a cable to power a gpu, so I'll have to get an adapter...is this bad?

I mean once again this upgrade will be on a budget like my upgrade from 939 to my e2140, and having to get a new psu will push me getting a new gpu way back and im sooo ready to ditch this stupid x800xl that dosen't support sm 3.0!
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It says 420 watts max on the 12v rails which is 35 amps max.But you don't know at what temp they're claiming this.Your right at the minimum size I would use but don't know the quality. If you could tell us the brand and model # or give us it's UL number we could see if it's any good.
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This one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082
says it needs the following: Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 26 Amps.)

and this BFG overclocked one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143122
wants 425W ATX 2.2 or greater system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 28A or more*

*Minimum system power requirement based on a standard PC configured with an Intel Core2 Extreme X6800 processor

Do you guys have any idea of the rough ati equivalent to the 8800gts 320mb, and if it would be less power hungry?

What do you guys think? Say it my psu isn't brand name, would it have a high chance of blowing?
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That card can draw 147 watts which is over 12 amps so I would upgrade that PSU if you doubt it's quality.
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Its a coolmax
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i'd reccomend upgrading to a nice OCZ GameXStream 600W
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