Hello, I had a quick question. I recent aquired a gtx 260 superclocked gpu for very cheap. My problem is that it requires 2 6 pin adapters and my current psu has 0. I looked some up online on newegg and at frys electronics and found several that come with support for one 6 pin pci adapter. My question is, if I but a 500 watt psu with support for one 6 pin, is there a way to add a secondary 6 pin so I can run my gtx 260? Or do I need to buy a psu that comes with support for 2 6 pin graphic cards.
If you are only getting a 500W with one 6 pin PCI-E connector you are getting a pretty bad 500W PSU. I suggest just getting a good ~500W psu so you dont have to worry about it, the Seasonic S12II 520W unit is a pretty good deal and a very solid unit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has a 6 pin PCI-E and a 6+2 pin PCI-E connector which can work as either a 6 pin or you clip the other two on and its an 8 pin PCI-E connector, makes it more useful than having a 6 pin and an 8 pin.
Got another question, sorry. Is a molex connector the same thing as Peripheral connectors? I ask because I looked up the psu I have and it comes with 4 molex connectors and most of the ones I am looking at online come with at least 6.
^In most cases the terms are interchangeable.
The number of molexes varies, its normal as your current PSU is probably a low powered one.
Ah, ok. my psu is labeled as max 480 watts with 4 molex connectors and I have 2 free at the moment it would seem. SO, corect me if I am wrong, but if I get a psu with 6 molex connectors and 1 pci 6 pin adapter, I should be able to buy another molex 6 pin connector and have the room to plug it in, since I have 2 free with 4 molex connectors, 6 should leave me with 4 open and each 6 pin connector requires 2 molex connectors.
Thanks for all the help. I am glad I am starting to understand all of this since I am only just starting to jump into the more technical workings of computers. I feel confident in making a purchase and installing my new psu and gpu. Thanks again everyone.
Another quick question. I know the card (gtx 260 superclocked) says it needs I believe around +12v 36a, correct me if I am wrong. My question is, what are the dangers or drawbacks of using a psu that does not put out that many amps?
That rating is for the system as a whole, and is based on the combined power between the 12V rails on the PSU. If your PSU cannot provide the necessary power, things might slow down a bit, you might get random shut downs, or your PSU might blow and take something with it. Avoid running a PSU to its limit, its not good.