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March 9, 2010 2:04:37 AM

Hello once again.
Quick question.

I brought a 1GB DDR3 GeForce nVidia 9800 GT PCI-E 2.0 Computer Graphics Card.
I am trying to install it, and have one orange slot possible it can fit in.

It also comes with a power cable thingy.
http://www.cesell.com/images/thumbnails/t_184753.png

This is what it looks like.

Problem is, I don't know how to power it/connect it.
I can get the card in, but there is only one connecter....
I don't know if I am suppose to connect both cables, but how? There is only one connecter in the entire computer.

It says:
6 pin PCI-E power cable (pictured above)

I am abit confused.

Please help.

Edit:

I took out the card cause I forgot a step: to uninstall the previous driver
(Seems to me that the graphics card that came with the computer was interged into the motherboard)

But now since I connected everything back up as before, the computer turns on but the monitor says no signal and remains black.

I don't know why and cannot access windows :( 
a b Î Nvidia
March 9, 2010 2:10:19 AM

Does your power supply have one a PCI-E 6 pin connector like that adapter has? If so use that instead of the adapter. If you do not have a PCI-E connector, then you must use the molex to PCI-E adapter that you pictured. You plug the 6 pin end of it into the graphics card and two molex connectors(4 pin flatish) from the PSU plug into the other end of it, this should not be used unless you do not have a PCI-E connector, adapters are meant as a sort of last resort.
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March 9, 2010 2:14:24 AM

Thats abit confusing...
The only connecter my pc has is 4 open pin things

But the power cable has only 3 pins....


Please read my above edited post. Seems I screwed something up :( 

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a b Î Nvidia
March 9, 2010 2:33:17 AM

I'm assuming you don't have a PCI-E 6pin

don't worry about the pins, grab a free female molex connector like this one. Attach it to a male connector on your adapter (be it 3pin or 2)
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/attachments/non-linear-edit...

then do the same thing to the other free male molex connector

the plug the 6pin into your card

P.S. you probably should not have uninstalled your motherboards integrated chip drivers.
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March 9, 2010 2:45:57 AM

ct1615 said:
I'm assuming you don't have a PCI-E 6pin

don't worry about the pins, grab a free female molex connector like this one. Attach it to a male connector on your adapter (be it 3pin or 2)
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/attachments/non-linear-edit...

then do the same thing to the other free male molex connector

the plug the 6pin into your card


So I am needing another cord now?
Don't think I can get one....

"P.S. you probably should not have uninstalled your motherboards integrated chip drivers."

I didn't.
I just put the card in and turned it on. But the screen won't come on.
And I took out the card and tried again and still its a blank.

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a b Î Nvidia
March 9, 2010 2:53:02 AM

you can use just one free female molex cable if that is all you have, I've done it with the 9800GT. Just plug the 3pin into it.
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a b Î Nvidia
March 9, 2010 2:55:22 AM

any chance you know how many watts are on your power supply?
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March 9, 2010 3:07:48 AM

"you can use just one free female molex cable if that is all you have, I've done it with the 9800GT. Just plug the 3pin into it. "

So I can just use the one 4 pin power cable with one of the 3 pin cable for the card?
Whats the second one for?

"any chance you know how many watts are on your power supply? "
No I don't really know.
must not be alot....maybe I should have thought about this before I got a new card...
Can the card run without power cable connected?

Thanks
-John
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a b Î Nvidia
March 9, 2010 3:14:56 AM

some cards simply need more power then others

the 9800GT needs the extra power

what is the make and model of your PC?
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March 9, 2010 6:45:18 PM

um.

eMachines

EMACHINES ET1161-05
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a b Î Nvidia
March 9, 2010 8:12:55 PM

you probably have a 300w PSU (if that)

I would look into a ATI 4650 card
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March 9, 2010 8:16:05 PM

ct1615 said:
you probably have a 300w PSU (if that)

I would look into a ATI 4650 card


I can possibly bring back my current card but:

1.) Is the ATI 4650 card good enough to play the modern games today?
2.) Does it require anything else besides simple install into the PCI slot?

3.) Why won't my monitor turn on even with the new card removed?

Please, and thanks for the help.
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March 10, 2010 1:01:56 AM

Ok never mind the computer.

I managed to fix it.....somehow.

So I am going to take the card back tomorrow and see if I can get another.

Besides the ATI 4650, does anyone else know of a card that would work with my type of desktop pc and be good enough to play modern games?

p.s. Thanks for the help ct1615, and hunter315
Really, I always feel lost when it comes to tampering with the insides of the computer.
:) 
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a b Î Nvidia
March 10, 2010 1:16:36 AM

the new 5570 is a solid card too

it costs more but has better performance then the 4650 and draws similar power
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March 11, 2010 1:35:40 AM

Ok I got a new card. Took the old one back.

The new one doesn't require a power cord. Just a simple plug into PCI Slot.

Its a nVidia GT 9400 GeForce

I tested it with a few games....let me tell you: WOW
Bioshock: Max Settings. No lag, beautiful game
BBC2: Setted to medium settings, Little lag, still great. Around 40-45 FPS
RE5: Some Max, some Med Settings. Another beautiful game. Gets just a little slow near gun fights
GTA SA: Max settings. Loads perfect. 60 FPS.

Overall its a great card for $70 bucks.
And if you think Im crazy for the above descriptions: Remember, I am used to playing these games on low settings. In fact Bioshock would run at 30FPS with lowest settings and gets laggy.

Thanks for the help and suggestions :) 
I'll be staying up late now playing my collection of games that were just begging to be played :D 

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March 18, 2010 4:30:22 AM

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