PCI connectors and the 8600

I finally scrounged up some cash, and I'm planning on buying an XFX 8600GTS from Newegg.
Thing is, it requires a 6-pin PCIe power connector, and I've only got one 4-pin right now. Would it be possible for me to use the 4-pin I have, the two fan connector to 4-pin converter that comes with it, and just plug them in, with two of the pins un-used? Or would I need, or just be better to get a newer, stronger power supply? Right now I've got a 400w Antec SmartPower. So what do you say?
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  1. I'd say the 400w power supply is right on the edge for a GTS, the evga came with a 2 4pin molex, to 6 pin pci-e connector, but you say you have only one 4 pin molex free...

    I would recommend an 8600gt unless you want to replace your power supply.
  2. Why not go with a HD2600xt similar if not better card without the need for external power :) .
    Mactronix
  3. I didn't even bother to look at what ATI was offering.
    Now I have a different question. Haha.

    What would you pick: 512MB of GDDR3 through a 128 bit bus, or 256MB of GDDR4 through a 128 bit bus?
  4. ddr4 latencies aren't that great yet I hear, although I don't know alot about it. But from what I've seen the performance difference isn't that great.

    I'd probably go for the DDR3 if it was fast ddr3...
  5. Apparently the GDDR4 memory clock falls short by 300MHz. I'd get GRAW2 free with the GDDR4 card. Haha!

    I think I'll pick this one up.
    Thanks for everyone's help. You guys rule.
  6. I'd go with a new power supply from FSP Group $60 500W unit and X1950XT 256MB from newegg instead... at $170 you can't beat price/performance ratio, especially comparing it to the 8600 and HD2600.
  7. mustangman311 said:
    I finally scrounged up some cash, and I'm planning on buying an XFX 8600GTS from Newegg.
    Thing is, it requires a 6-pin PCIe power connector, and I've only got one 4-pin right now. Would it be possible for me to use the 4-pin I have, the two fan connector to 4-pin converter that comes with it, and just plug them in, with two of the pins un-used? Or would I need, or just be better to get a newer, stronger power supply? Right now I've got a 400w Antec SmartPower. So what do you say?

    This is what you could use if you wanted to:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201004

    The GTS can run if you psu is 22amps. I run a GT and could run the GTS with the connector. My psu is 22amps.
  8. incidentally, don't expect to max many games on these cards, they aren't the best performers in the world
  9. spuddyt said:
    incidentally, don't expect to max many games on these cards, they aren't the best performers in the world

    So how much better is your 8600GTS? Just curious on what your price/performance ratio is compared to the 8600GT.
    The 4200 doesn't bottleneck it I guess.
  10. Why would you want to buy an 8600GTS worth $160-180 when you could buy an X1950XT worth $170 or a 7950GT worth $180 from newegg?
  11. because you fell for the marketing? (like me)
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