let me know if i forgot anything. The dying PSU is an OCZ gamexstream 850w. Using the Newegg wattage calculator said i need 567watts. so i want to get something 650+ and preferably modular.
i was looking at THIS PSU but i'm not familiar with the Kingwin name.was also looking at this one but i'm also unfamiliar with XION.
both seem to have good reviews.
Corsair has a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are stable and reliable.
The general rule of thumb is that a high qaulity 500 - 550 watt power supply can easily handle just about any single video card made. The reason power requirements for video cards are mentioned is that sometimes the video card uses more power than all of the other components combined. In your case the 8800GT 1MB card does not use much power.
thank you for the advice. i think i will follow theanimal's advice and get the 520hx. definitely within my budget. was thinking of using an SLI configuration with my card but apparently it is no longer sold so i don't have to worry about SLI anytime soon.