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9800gt power supply

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November 25, 2008 10:36:40 AM

i just bought a palit 9800gt 1gig video card.

I installed it and connected the power supply (its a cord that splits from one black square socket to 2 standard white power sockets)

I attached the 2 white sockets to my power supply and the machine would not start up.... it would wait maybe 10 seconds then give that beep when you install hardware incorrectly.

So i tried pulling out one of the power supplies.... and now it works.


Owners of palit 9800gt how did you install your power supply? 1 or 2 white plugs connected? (i dont want to accidentally destroy my card due to underpowering it if the 2 plugs need to be connected) (my power supply is 500 watts btw)

been searching the net and can't find any answers, any help would be great. thanks!

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here's the power cord i'm talking about.

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November 25, 2008 10:59:58 AM

If your PSU has a PCIe 6 pin connector you don't need to use that. If your PSU doesn't native PCIe power you better upgrade your PSU.
November 25, 2008 11:07:15 AM

What are the specs of your current power supply? Those are the 12V, 3V, 5V labeled stuff in the sticker in your PSU. Who made the PSU?
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November 25, 2008 11:19:04 AM

is the black socket ont the adapter the PCIe 6 pin connector ? if so then my power supply doesn't have one.

my power supply is some generic 500 watt psu.

re: What are the specs of your current power supply? Those are the 12V, 3V, 5V labeled stuff in the sticker in your PSU.--- i don't quite follow, what do you need to know, i see the sticker and the designated numbers to each wire color and to what i think are the amp ratings. ( sorry noob alert)


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so do i need to attach the 2 white sockets? (assuming ample power is present)
November 25, 2008 12:13:29 PM

^ Ok, it looks like you have a cr@ppy PSU. I highly recommend getting a quality PSU to run that card. I recommend Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, OCZ. There is a OCZ 600W on sale @ newegg. $30 after MIR:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also keep an eye out during black Friday for good PSU deals @ newegg.
November 25, 2008 11:49:48 PM

So i figured it was stupid to run the thing on just one of the white power connectors even if it seemed to be working. ( why would they put 2 if you only needed one, right?)

I re-installed the card , reconnected the 2 white power plugs... and then it just worked... it must've been loose or something the first time.

all i need now is a plug splitter to power my 2 dvd drives (i disabled one for now)

OR go out and get a a better PSU as you guys suggested. (maybe something higher than a 500 watt PSU)


thanks for the replies.
November 26, 2008 12:05:00 AM

Its not the wattage rating you should be concerned with, 500W is plenty for a single graphics card setup. As Shadow said, you want to get one from a reputable vendor. Find a good deal on a PSU from one of the companies he listed (Rated anywhere from 450W to 600W) and let the good times roll.

Having said that, a power supply is a long term investment that can be used for several builds. If you have any kind of inkling that you may want to try out multi-card setups later on, be sure to get something rated for 600W or more.
November 26, 2008 7:49:58 AM

thanks for the extra tip.. actually i upgraded from a dual 8500 (sli) setup.... got so freaking dissapointed with that one so i trashed the 2 cards and bought a single 9800gt when the price went down. (mental note always read reviews on the net before buying anything. man those 8500's sucked big time.)

i'll prob get a new psu when and if i decide to get another 9800. thanks again.
November 27, 2008 12:36:40 PM

^ Seriously, mind listing what PSU you currently have? Imo, I wouldn't trust the PSU you have with my hardware. Dying PSUs can take all your hardware when they die.
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