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750w PS won't boot with 2 GTX260's

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July 31, 2009 9:10:06 PM

Hey folks...

I just picked up a 2nd MSI GTX260 card and after putting it in, my system won't power up. The best way to describe it is that I hear the PS emit a short buzzing sound, the fans turn for a sec, then power stops. I suspect that I'm asking for too much power now, even though my PS is rated for SLI setups. I want to run it by the experts here before plunking down for a new PS.

I currently have a 750w Silverstone.

Other components in the box...

evga 680i SLI motherboard (? watts)
E6700 Dual Core cpu (estimated 167w at load)
4 gigs of SLI ram
x2 raptor WD1500ADFD 10k OS drives (13w each during seek)
x2 1.5tb storage drives (13watts?)
DVD drive (?watts)
x2 GTX260 cards (MSI) (est 186w at load each)

I can't find any data on motherboard power consumption. I'm pretty sure I'm maxing out my power rating, but not sure... if I am, I'd love to have some PS recommendations.

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July 31, 2009 10:08:57 PM

I use the http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp to find your power requirements -around 500w, your PSU should be able to power it with no problem. Try power up your system one more time -without the drives (except OS) and other non critical stuffs..see whether it powers on or not..
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July 31, 2009 10:32:37 PM

SILVERSTONE ! ;) 
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July 31, 2009 10:35:20 PM

im jocking. did you plugged all the 4 PCIe 6pin ? using molex to 6 pin ? all on the same 12v rail ?
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August 1, 2009 12:04:38 AM

Strange. My Corsair TX750 is holding perfectly with 4850 CF and OCced CPU , PhysX card (paid 17€ for it) and few hard disks. plus the 4 fans. Plus loads of crap i plugged there.

Check the 12v Rails if they are separate. I got 60a in a massive rail. Or 720W if you prefer.



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August 1, 2009 12:36:35 AM

Dont ever compare a Sivertone with a 750TX !!!

This sisverstone unit have 4 12volts rail rated at 18amps each. If everything is on the same rail ... NADA ! take the PSU use manual and be sure to use all the 4 rail to power the computer. seperate the load.
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August 1, 2009 2:10:55 AM

I'm going to say it's your 12 volt rails are faulty. Here is why, Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 36 Amps.) This comes straight from EVGA's site on power requirements for the GTX260.
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August 1, 2009 5:33:27 AM

ok thanks for the input guys, it turns out I'm just an id-10-t. I removed the PS from the pc and realized I had another 6pin socket available but was hidden from view while in the pc. I was plugging the 2nd card into the 6pin Aux module which apparently isn't designed to handle the load of a gtx260. Moved my cable over to the other 6pin and am up and running in SLI.
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August 1, 2009 2:46:21 PM

GRATZY !
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