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It's has a crappy Lite-on PSU weighing in at 350w. I plan to purchase a better video card (maybe 8800 GT or 9800 GT).

I have been reading the great reviews on your site. but still have questions about the amount of rails needed for my computer and brand names to buy.

Corsair and Antec - are my top choice, OCZ maybe but i hear getting rebates back really suck.

Any ideas on Wattage and brands? Also I've been looking at Newegg.com for deals, are there better places to look?

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1. Try to shop hard prices and don't plan your budget around potentially getting a rebate back: http://www.jongerow.com/blog/post/20...get-yours.aspx

2. Newegg usually charges more for their power supplies to make up for what they don't make off hard drives and CPU's. For fair pricing, use Provantage, Directron, XPCGear, etc.
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Thanks. Provantage appears to be the most user friendly and price conscious.

Do you have a recommendation for the amount of rails for the system above?
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No. I think you need a better understanding of "rails":

http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3990

One or four +12V rails, I could go either way. It's when you have two 12V rails you may run into problems because they usually put the CPU on one rail and everything else on the other rail.
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Antec has this 650w modular psu on sale for $79 atm. a great price for this psu. its the NeoPower line. idk if its recommenced by the folks here, but i think its solid. internet reviews seem to be good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371011

some here can give you more info. but its all you'll ever need and if space is tight in your HP the modular cabling will help

if you want a vid card also you can get this psu and an evga 9800GT Superclocked in a "combo deal" for $179, or $164 after $15 MIR on the card. quite a deal but its only good through tomorrow
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IIRC it's a Seasonic, so I'd be comfortable with it.

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hmm, well if its in fact made by Seasonic i think its a psu Threadstarter should consider. i've swapped out psu's in plenty of box maker machines before, and space can be tight so far as finding good places to put all the extra wiring. so the modular design could help

also, the "Blue" (same unit with a blue lcd inside) NeoPower model is very popular and reviews well. its $160 atm which makes this regular model a great buy. here is a review i found for the regular model:

http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi..._neopower_650/

so it looks good to go for the system posted. and since you (TS) want a vid card upgrade too the combo deal would seem to be perfect

hopefully we have helped someone make a selection. and hopefully they check back in by tomorrow, because the combo deal goes bye - bye
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