Just got the 5850, how do i install?

i'm building my first computer, and have never installed a graphics card.


i put it in the slot on the motherboard, and then do i need to plug anything to the other end for power? or do i just insert into the motherboard?


I can't find a connection that will fit the side. they are square, and i have connectors that fit it from the power supply but it's not snug it just slides in loosely and not all the way, the PCI-E plugs....


anyone?
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  1. Sounds like the clamp on the PCI-e power connector may have broken off. Can you look to see if the power connector has any broken plastic on the side?

    Also, which PSU do you have?
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Certified-compatible/dp/B000X2677A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1257390834&sr=1-1

    there's the power supply, and there are a few PCI e connectors... there's lots of connectors on this power supply actually haha.

    but yeah they fit but it's like they can't go all the way in to make it snap. i tried to apply a good amount of pressure and it just don't go in...?
  3. Flip the connector over and plug it in.
  4. i took a pic:

    http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b191/jtballer3/connection.jpg

    i can't turn it over, then it doesn't fit in at all, plus there's no way for it to snap in anyway on the other side, ya know what i mean?

    that's the right thing to plug in though, right? i don't know why it won't fit
  5. yay!

    well for some reason i tried it again and maybe it was a different connector or something but it went right in.

    see how there are two hookups though, do i need to go ahead and fill both of those with PCI-E connectors from the power supply?
  6. yes
  7. The 5850 requires both 6 pin connectors. If your PSU has multiple 12 volt rails, you'll obviously want separate rails feeding each of those connectors.
  8. LOL.

    1 down 1 to go.

    Just hang in there and we'll get it.
  9. you guys are great.

    well i turned it on, and it is asking for the system disk, and i put it in and it says it cannot find it and to enter it and press enter.... yay! haha dang
  10. there's the power supply, and there are a few PCI e connectors... there's lots of connectors on this power supply actually haha.

    but yeah they fit but it's like they can't go all the way in to make it snap. i tried to apply a good amount of pressure and it just don't go in...?


    JT,

    Just went through the same thing with the same card. Seems you have to work/wiggle the PCI-E Connectors around until they magically slide & lock into their sockets.

    I, too, didn't want to force them, and your post reassured me that I was on the right track, that my approach was OK. Got 'em both connected with a minimum of swearing & no broken or bent parts.

    Thanks,

    John
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