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Gtx 260 supported psu

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September 5, 2010 12:58:00 AM

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.

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a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:00:07 AM

You can get a Molex -> 6-pin adapter. But it is bases on the fact of having sufficient power.

What is your system specs?
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a c 180 U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:02:10 AM

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...

if you are on a bit tighter of a budget an Antec EA 500D is only $50 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 5, 2010 1:09:31 AM

That seasonic psu says it comes with a 6 pin and 6 2 pins, does that mean that you can use 3 of those 2 pins as a 6 pin? That fits the same?
a c 180 U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:11:32 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:11:33 AM

fcdwn777 said:
That seasonic psu says it comes with a 6 pin and 6 2 pins, does that mean that you can use 3 of those 2 pins as a 6 pin? That fits the same?

6+2 pins isn't six 2-pins, it is a normal 6 pin connector plus a 2-pin add-on for more power-hungry cards.

In this case, you do have 2 6-pins. So you shouldn't have a problem.
a c 153 U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:17:37 AM

I recommend against either of those.

Antec, OCZ, XFX, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic, Silverstone are the brands you should be looking at.
September 5, 2010 1:19:14 AM

Helltech said:
I recommend against either of those.

Antec, OCZ, XFX, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic, Silverstone are the brands you should be looking at.


Alright, Ill keep that in mind.
September 5, 2010 1:38:36 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:41:16 AM

^In most cases the terms are interchangeable.
The number of molexes varies, its normal as your current PSU is probably a low powered one.
September 5, 2010 1:45:42 AM

Timop said:
^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.
a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:53:20 AM

^Correct.
September 5, 2010 1:57:54 AM

Timop said:
^Correct.


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.
September 5, 2010 2:23:45 AM

Hrm, I am back again with one more question. SATA cables. What are they? And should I have more then 2 of them?
a c 153 U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 2:24:36 AM

SATA cables are for SATA devices, these are usually sata HDD's and ODD's.
September 5, 2010 2:25:59 AM

Ah, ok. Well , my current psu only has one of those, so if I buy a new one with 2 I should be fine.
September 6, 2010 7:10:56 AM

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?
a c 180 U Graphics card
September 6, 2010 1:34:20 PM

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.
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