Last Spring, I rebuilt my machine as basically an Econobox (4x AMD Athlon 3.0 GHz, 8GB DDR1333, 1TB HD, etc.). At the time, I saved money by reusing an old GeForce 6600GT for graphics. I've held out for a bit, and now that it's birthday and Christmas season, I'm looking to do a long overdue upgrade of the GPU. My ideal goal would be to run Skyrim at 1080p and "pretty" settings (resolution is more important to me than eye candy). My choices are the typical mid-range ($130 - $180) choices: Radeon 6850 and 6870, GTX 460 and (maybe) GTX 560.
My concern isn't with brands or performance, as I'm pretty convinced I can't go terribly wrong with those choices. I am concerned with power consumption. I have a Corsair 400W Bronze Certified Power Supply that I don't plan on replacing with this upgrade. I don't overclock (and don't ever plan to with this system). I plug everything into the PSU calculator and get the following recommendations:
HD 6850 - 325 W
HD 6870 - 353 W
GTX 460 - 359 W
GTX 560 - 376 W
Right now my thinking is the 6850 because I'm paranoid about power. Do these numbers seem sane? Is using one of these cards going to overburden the PSU? If the price difference between the cards isn't an issue, which would the board recommend for my current setup?