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Connecting 7800GT to Inspiron 530 - no PCI-e power OR 4 pin

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Last response: in Graphics Cards
May 11, 2008 12:55:17 AM

:fou:  so, I guess I split off to a SATA right? split from my optical drive with a SATA to a 4 pin then use my 4 pin to PCI-e power convertor? Thats a helluva daisy chain.

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May 11, 2008 2:00:06 PM

its not going to cause a problem right? the sata can handle it?
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a c 333 U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 6:14:24 PM

riddlen said:
its not going to cause a problem right? the sata can handle it?

[:mousemonkey:2] It would be better if there was some way that you could give the card a dedicated power line rather than having it share one with another device.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 6:18:53 PM

Get a new PSU
a c 160 U Graphics card
May 13, 2008 12:36:13 PM

I don't trust a 300W stock PSU on a 8800GT card. But hey that's just my opinion, and opinions are just my thought's on it.

As far as the other PSU upgrades, I would just caution to make sure it will 1)fit the stock psu area and 2) have the same pin outs on the mobo connectors. I have tried to replace the stock psu on a few brand name pc's in the past only to find that their mobo pinouts are a little different. They may not be in this case, just a word to the wise, CHECK. If they are the same, hey go for it. That Antec Earthmuffin PSU should be ok or the thermaltake.
May 13, 2008 5:37:01 PM

thank you all for the data, just the discussion I needed to make my decision
May 13, 2008 10:39:53 PM

Come on, how much power could a 7800GT take? You could SLI them under a 350-watt power supply, I don't see anything wrong with a daisy chain.
May 13, 2008 11:41:45 PM

Comming from a Dell 521 owner w/305w psu (backup system)
Yes it can, but for how long?
7800GT you would be ok with (20w less than 8800GT)
You can with the sata to molex adapter.
But for piece of mind why not spend $35 for a 30amp/80% efficient psu with the dedicated pcie x16?
May 14, 2008 12:29:36 AM

holy crap that's a good deal for that unit. :o . Go for it. :p