Geforce 7900GTX in a Dell Inspiron 530 - Help

So, this whole thing was rushed and now I'm trying to deal with it. I picked up a Dell Inspiron 530 for the wife, and then ordered a 7900GTX. Installation won't be a problem, but the power connector to the video card is where I'm stumped. The dell has flat power adapters that I haven't seen before. (it's also been a long time since i've built)

The Geforce 7900GTX requires a 6 pin power source in the white blocky style I remember.

I may have a power supply problem, but right now I'm trying to figure out the power connector issue.

Any Help would be apprectiated. Dumb? Won't work? Need a new power supply to make it work? The cable is a "X blah"

Thanks

Archetas
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  1. archetas said:
    So, this whole thing was rushed and now I'm trying to deal with it. I picked up a Dell Inspiron 530 for the wife, and then ordered a 7900GTX. Installation won't be a problem, but the power connector to the video card is where I'm stumped. The dell has flat power adapters that I haven't seen before. (it's also been a long time since i've built)

    The Geforce 7900GTX requires a 6 pin power source in the white blocky style I remember.

    I may have a power supply problem, but right now I'm trying to figure out the power connector issue.

    Any Help would be apprectiated. Dumb? Won't work? Need a new power supply to make it work? The cable is a "X blah"

    Thanks

    Archetas


    You will need an adapter like this 6 pin. Your local computer/electronics stor should have one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200106
  2. The 6-pin end is right.... but the other end isn't.

    Its about 1/2 that height and black... and almost looks like a centronics connector.
  3. The connector I listed will work fine. It's a four pin molex to 6 pin pcie adapter. Your power supply is equipped with plenty of 4 pin molex leads to connect it to.
  4. The 4 pin to 6 pin adapter the 7900GTX comes with from the factory is the exact adapter I provided for you.
  5. I would have agreed with you before I popped this one open. There is not a single 4 wire end anywhere inside this thing. And none of the drives use them, it's the skinny ones i mentioned.

    Diagram of the dell board is here: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/EN/OM/parts.htm#wp1509955

    Also, I didn't get a shelf version of the video card, but an OEM... and it didn't have the power cable splitter... only a dvi & s-video adapter.

    If I'm still wrong, I just don't understand why.
  6. badge said:
    You will need an adapter like this 6 pin. Your local computer/electronics store should have one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200106


    I think the connectors he is referring to may be SATA connectors:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:SATA_power_cable.jpg
    Is this right Archetas?
    Dell's probably shipping all SATA drives now, no more need for Molex connectors on power supplies.
  7. You must of bought it from Ascendtech.
    See if these work:
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=164&products_id=20580
    You'll need a psu upgrade too.
    Your stock psu is 22a I believe.
    7900GTX needs 26a:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814122241R
    Will it even fit?
    I have an E521.
  8. Dude you baught a dell.
    You will need a new PSU to power that video card.
  9. Right. I should just start with the PSU, and figure out the connectors as I go. I was briefly shopping around before and just expected everything to come with 600+ watt PSU's.... and didn't spend time shopping on the Dell... I think it's only 300 watt.

    Yes, Dell is all SATA connectors.

    Thanks for the replies.

    Power demands of video card: "A 400W PCI Express complaint system power supply (with 12V current rating of 26A or more) " http://www.pcpowerzone.com/pcpocosi470d.html

    Found a power supply: "470W @ 50C (520W peak) .99 active PFC +12V @ 26A"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814122241R

    ------Back to the connector issue again from SATA to 6 Pin------
  10. FSP, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, Antec (especially the NeoHE), Enermax. You just need to make sure it'll fit.
  11. archetas said:
    Right. I should just start with the PSU, and figure out the connectors as I go. I was briefly shopping around before and just expected everything to come with 600+ watt PSU's.... and didn't spend time shopping on the Dell... I think it's only 300 watt.

    Yes, Dell is all SATA connectors.

    Thanks for the replies.

    Power demands of video card: "A 400W PCI Express complaint system power supply (with 12V current rating of 26A or more) " http://www.pcpowerzone.com/pcpocosi470d.html

    Found a power supply: "470W @ 50C (520W peak) .99 active PFC +12V @ 26A"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814122241R

    ------Back to the connector issue again from SATA to 6 Pin------


    this
    http://www.pcpowerzone.com/pcpocosi470d.html
    is exactly what I have but from who makes it and $10.00 cheaper
    http://www.pcpower.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S47D

    It has the 6-pin pcie connector but 1 less sata connector (3 as opposed to 4 in my case)
    The 305w I had was 22amps.
  12. I popped in the Dell Silencer 470. Fits the case perfect, powers the card, and has all the connectors needed. All is well. This PSU should work in all Dell Inspiron 530 series.

    Thanks again for all the direction & help.
  13. archetas said:
    I popped in the Dell Silencer 470. Fits the case perfect, powers the card, and has all the connectors needed. All is well. This PSU should work in all Dell Inspiron 530 series.

    Thanks again for all the direction & help.

    Good luck
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