So I just recently got this Corsair 520 watt power supply, thinking it would last me into the next generation or two of computing tech. I spent about $120 bucks on it, which is only a little above what I normally spend on a PSU. However, I usually only do it every three or four years, depending on whether I have a blow-out or end up needing more juice.
Which brings me to my question: now that the G80 / GeForce 8800 series is out, and the PSU requirements are being discussed, do I need to upgrade again if I want to use this series?
Will this be similar/same or different in the case of the next generation of ATI cards? I know that may be speculation at this point, since little is known about the ATI cards other than it will be a fully unified shader architecture – as opposed to the hybrid one used in the Nvidia G80 architecture.
I’m looking at what PSUs they are recommending on Newegg, the 850W and 1000W power variety, and am also starting to think about whether we will run into problems with the amount of power a circuit in your home wiring can handle and whether this means I should also consider a new uber UPS so I don’t destroy a future power-sucking-demon computer. Also, this kind of thing seems like it would be raising my power bills a shitload if I ran it all the time. This makes me think I may want to set up a secondary computer for running downloads instead of having my main gaming system running all day, all week.