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December 4, 2009 3:04:42 AM

Hello toms hardware forums. I recently bought a graphics card that comes with a 6 pin adapter i believe its called. Please take a look at this picture and tell me whether or not i need to plug the circled area in somewhere.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/PpunkByTheBook/pi...

I cannot find any places in my computer to do so. I have a new PSU on the way to power the card... will i need to plug my g-cards pin's into that? I've googled pictures of PSU's and did not see any plug ins on them. Sorry i am not to familiar with computer hardware yet. Please just let me know whether or not i need to plug the circled area in somewhere, or if it just hangs out in my computer box.

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December 4, 2009 3:07:48 AM

What power supply are you getting? What graphics card did you get? Any decent PSU will come with a couple of 6 pin PCI-E connectors, those adapters are not supposed to be used unless absolutely necessary like if your PSU does not have a second PCI-E connector and your card needs one.

You would plug molex connectors from the power supply into the circled areas and plug the black end into the card, but use the PCI-E connectors from the PSU first before using the adapter.
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December 4, 2009 3:45:07 AM

The requirements of the card only said i needed a better psu wattage, so i bought a new psu. The psu appears to come with molex connectors, but it does not say how many or what they can fit. I really don't know much about any of this stuff yet, so any help is appreciated. All i need to know is whether or not i can plug these in, and, if not, do i need to in order to run my new card?



the card
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KZH8KO/ref=oss_T1...


The psu
http://www.amazon.com/Diablotek-400-Watt-Power-Supply-P...
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December 4, 2009 7:26:26 AM

Not mean to be rude, but your new PSU is bad...
Only 400W, and doesn't have any cables connector for VGA...
U could try it, but using a molex cable 4 to 6 pin is not recommended...
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December 4, 2009 8:59:44 AM

i realize the psu isnt great, i only need it to last until christmas because im getting a brand new everything around then. No sense in spending more cash than i have to. I just need to know if these two will work together? The PSU will provide the proper power supposedly, but do i need to connect the 6 pins (the card came with a split wire, 3 on each) to the psu?

Also, as i don't know much about all this stuff yet, i'd like to know.... what is a VGA, what do i need to know about it, why is it important to my question?
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December 4, 2009 1:09:32 PM

wa1 said:
Not mean to be rude, but your new PSU is bad...

That's an understatement. The specs do not give the 12 volt output. Your video card alone needs about 9 amps @ 12 volts. That PSU may not be powerful enough to provide it.
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December 4, 2009 2:06:07 PM

jsc said:
That's an understatement. The specs do not give the 12 volt output. Your video card alone needs about 9 amps @ 12 volts. That PSU may not be powerful enough to provide it.

12 whole amps on the 12v rail according to this;

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Same model , different label.
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December 4, 2009 2:26:02 PM

It say 12v = 12 A, which is enough to powered his VGA.
But still, it doesn't have cable connector to PCIe x16... Could use molex connector, but still it doesn't good.
that's not a problem, cause he only keep it for a while until Christmas, right...
Sorry about my 'understatement'...
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December 4, 2009 7:20:22 PM

You are risking quite a bit with it, the PSU calculator suggests 237 with a 9800GT, 720 x3(mid power CPU), 1 SATA drive, 1 DVD burner, and 2 120mm fans. If you can return it do it! It provides even less power than the 450W raidmax
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and we all know what happens when that one gets to 75% load
http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747

You risk killing your system with a cheap power supply like that, something like the 400CX would power it safely for $40 after MIR but its still not a good idea to use a 400W PSU with a fairly high powered card for an extended period of time.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 5, 2009 9:09:31 AM

nonop said:
Hello toms hardware forums. I recently bought a graphics card that comes with a 6 pin adapter i believe its called. Please take a look at this picture and tell me whether or not i need to plug the circled area in somewhere.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/PpunkByTheBook/pi...

I cannot find any places in my computer to do so. I have a new PSU on the way to power the card... will i need to plug my g-cards pin's into that? I've googled pictures of PSU's and did not see any plug ins on them. Sorry i am not to familiar with computer hardware yet. Please just let me know whether or not i need to plug the circled area in somewhere, or if it just hangs out in my computer box.



Thats a molex adapter in your linked pic. You wont need to plug that or use that since your PSU has a direct single 6 pin plug. You would only use that if your power supply does not have a six pin connecter. Most new GPUs utilize the 6pin and the weaker model gpus can be plugged in directly without a power supply using the PCIE to power it up.

So your answer is no you dont need to plug the circled area anywhere. Just plus in your PSU directly to the 6 pin connectores and see if your GPU works. Remember to make sure that 400w PSU is good enough. If your system is basic with only ONE HDD and a DVD ROM along with a simple motherboard your PSU should be able to handle everything albeit it is a close call but I would not worry.

A good thing to know is if your PSU is rated 80 plus silver? bronze? Then it can handle your system for sure. Just dont upgrade your GPU without upgrading your PSU the next time as you will probably need an 700W psu or more that is 80plus bronze or silver.
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December 5, 2009 11:10:06 AM

liquidsnake718 said:
You wont need to plug that or use that since your PSU has a direct single 6 pin plug.

The psu he linked to doesn't have a dedicated 6 pin, so he would need to use the adapter, though with that cheap a psu I wouldn't reccomend the use of any card that needs external power.
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