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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 194 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...
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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?
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a c 194 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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a b U Graphics card
September 5, 2010 1:53:20 AM

^Correct.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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a c 194 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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