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Cant get my new graphics card to work

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July 14, 2008 3:35:37 PM

Hi, i just bought a PNY GeForce 9600 GT but i cant find where to plug in the power supply for my fan, theres no sockets to fit the white 3 pin plug:

My computer is a dell inspiron 531, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4500 Processor (2 CPUs), ~2.3GHz

Heres what the insides look like

Does any1 know where i can plug in that 3 socketd port?


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July 14, 2008 3:47:07 PM

That (black end) plugs into the end of your video card and the other two plug into any free power connectors on your power supply.

This cable isn't needed if your power supply already has a built in video card connector.

I can't see what the rating is on your power supply from the pictures, but you will also want to make sure it can provide enough power to your video card.
July 14, 2008 3:53:08 PM

Thx for the reply, the power supply says Max power - 300W

I know the black side goes into the graphics card but for the life of me i cant find anywhere to plug in the white part.
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July 14, 2008 4:17:53 PM

at 300W you might have trouble powering it and also if it doesn't have the necessary plugs, well not much that can be done then, (get another PSU?)
July 14, 2008 4:21:07 PM

Hmmm ok, Ive got a mate thats an IT technitian il ask him to have a look at it and tell me what i can do, thx for your coments
July 14, 2008 4:32:13 PM

You can get an adapter that converts SATA power connectors to molex power connectors. Couple examples:

SATA side is MALE
Molex side is FEMALE

Looks like you have two SATA power connectors free. You would attach an adapter to each of these (giving you two molex connectors). Then use the molex to PCI-E cable that came with your card.

However, as others have said, I don't think 300 W will cut it.
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a c 195 ) Power supply
July 14, 2008 4:36:25 PM

You will need to replace your PSU with a more powerful one that has the required connector. Although you can get by with only 450W, in your place I'd probably choose at least 500W, and definitely a quality brand. This list is dated, but will give you a place to start: Choose one from tier-3 or better.
July 14, 2008 5:46:49 PM

nice 1, thx alot :wahoo: 
July 14, 2008 6:00:26 PM

The link doesnt work =/ but i should be able to find some

Can you tell me how to find out what PSU il need? i mean to make sure it has all the connectors for my PC that my existing hardware needs.

July 14, 2008 6:10:43 PM

The Corsair VX450W will do you nicely. The link is to It is a Seasonic built single rail PSU with 12V @ 33 Amps.

The 9600 GT is only drawing ~5 amps, and your system is lightly loaded, so the VX450 is more than plenty.

Here is an in depth review, - Corsair VX450W power supply review
July 14, 2008 6:14:16 PM

Fantastic :D  Il get ordering 1 asap
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a b ) Power supply
July 14, 2008 6:17:58 PM

See the black plug thats plugged into your dvd rom drive..... ?......... those are the kinds of plugs that plug into it. Try and find 2..... I see 1 just hanging there. there may be one hidden. You may get away with using just 1 I don't know.