Okay, I just thought I'd get this off my chest. I just bought a GTX 280 to replace my pair of 8800 Ultras, which were not giving me adequate performance and stability (i.e. run in SLI they tended to have driver related crashes too frequently, even with nVidia's latest drivers). So I go to install it and I see that my power connectors are dual 6-pin connectors, where the inputs on the card are a 6-pin and an 8-pin connector. Well the dual 6-pin connectors fit fine into the 6-pin and 8-pin slots, it just leaves two pins unused. However, the computer won't boot up or send any signal to the monitor. So I reinstall one of the 8800 Ultras and go online, then I read that the GTX 280 won't work with dual 6-pin connectors.
I'm getting really annoyed, because I just bought my current PSU (an Enermax Galaxy 1000 Watt) last year when I upgraded from dual 7800GTX, because the old Enermax Liberty I was running didn't have the right power connectors or enough juice for the dual 8800 Ultras. It was supposed to be future-proof! Whatever happened to the days when you could just swap out a graphics card and not have to buy a new PSU every time you upgraded the graphics card? Ahhh, the good old days of AGP, always backward compatible with the previous generation... None of this worrying about power connectors.
So I guess I need to buy a new PSU again. I just hope the next generation of graphics cards don't force me to do this again! Any recommendations for a good PSU (1000W or greater) with 6-pin and 8-pin PCI Express auxilliary power connectors? I hope it really will be future-proof for at least a couple more years. I'll have to keep upgrading graphics cards until I get flawless performance in Crysis at 2560x1600 with all effects maxed. The GeForce GTX 280 is supposed to only give 14 or 15 FPS, so that means I'll probably be upgrading the graphics card again within two years. I really hope whatever PSU I upgrade to this time will be ready when that time comes.