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Geforce 7900GTX in a Dell Inspiron 530 - Help

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September 26, 2007 12:56:07 AM

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
September 26, 2007 1:12:35 AM

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=N82E168...
September 26, 2007 1:56:40 AM

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.
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September 26, 2007 2:11:42 AM

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.
September 26, 2007 2:15:18 AM

The 4 pin to 6 pin adapter the 7900GTX comes with from the factory is the exact adapter I provided for you.
September 26, 2007 3:04:19 AM

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/...

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.
September 26, 2007 5:16:13 AM

Dude you baught a dell.
You will need a new PSU to power that video card.
September 26, 2007 9:36:20 PM

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=N82E168...

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

September 26, 2007 10:05:16 PM

FSP, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, Antec (especially the NeoHE), Enermax. You just need to make sure it'll fit.
September 27, 2007 1:33:02 AM

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=N82E168...

------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=S4...

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.
September 29, 2007 12:29:08 AM

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.
September 29, 2007 4:39:57 AM

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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