Compatibility Check and Question on Pairing

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I don't post much on these boards, but have read them for a LONG time. I use to be a hardware junkie, until I became a programmer and father.

I am trying to get a new video card and power supply for my son, a cost effective solution. He plays CoDMW and BattleField and needs a bit more power.

I was looking at getting ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133266
PNY VCGGTS2501XPB GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W

I was looking at the card power requirements and it recommends 24a on the 12v rail (i thought that to be a bit much, but saw this power supply is boasting a 50a on the 12v rail). I have a Rosewill 550w that is a couple years old and haven't had an issue with the product, I run a XFX Geforce 260 GT? Stripped drives, Intel CPU...blah blah blah.

Anyway, never have had issues my machine. I want to make sure I am reading all this correctly and getting something that is going to work. Can someone who has stayed current with hard gimme a bit of feedback?

Thanks in advance.
 

Zero82z

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I recommend this PSU instead (don't forget the promo code for 20% off): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

You are more or less understanding the requirements correctly. Two things to keep in mind:
-Video card manufacturer power requirements are usually more than the card actually needs. Look up reviews to get an idea of what power consumption is like (but take things with a grain of salt).
-The quality of the PSU definitely factors into this. A PSU's rating does not always reflect its true ability to supply power, so make sure you always get a unit that has been reviewed properly or that has been confirmed to be a quality product.
 
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