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So, I destroyed my graphics card...

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February 27, 2011 3:10:34 PM

...and I don't want to do it again. I read the PSU guide/FAQ topic but I still thought I'd better ask people who actually know what they're talking about before installing a new card.

Specs:
AMD X2 2.2GHz
3Gb RAM (DDR2 800)
Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2
XFX GeForce 9800GT
Eagle 500W PSU

I hooked up the 9800GT using a molex-6pin adaptor, but didn't connect it right (only plugged in one of the two molex connectors, cos I'm kinda stupid that way) so it died. Before I try again though, I wanted to check with you guys that my PSU can handle this card. Like I said, I read the PSU guides on this site but they all lost me at the word "rails". So here's a picture:

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Can this cope, or should I get a better one?
Thanks for your help guys, appreciate it
a c 672 ) Power supply
a c 1319 U Graphics card
February 27, 2011 3:13:00 PM

It has enough watts and amperage on the +12 volts for that card.
February 27, 2011 3:14:17 PM

rolli59 said:
It has enough watts and amperage on the +12 volts for that card.


Great, thanks! But how do I know I'm connecting it to the +12v?
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a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2011 3:21:49 PM

I don't see how only plugging in one connector could have killed your previous card.. At worst, it just wouldn't have worked.
February 27, 2011 3:31:18 PM

Herr_Koos said:
I don't see how only plugging in one connector could have killed your previous card.. At worst, it just wouldn't have worked.


Really? That's interesting, I just assumed that's why it broke. Yellow dots all over the screen during boot followed by system freeze and a horrible purple and black mess on the monitor when windows starts if that sheds any more light
a c 672 ) Power supply
a c 1319 U Graphics card
February 27, 2011 3:36:36 PM

Cards can die for any reason. The 9800GT barely needs an external power connector so it most likely did not die from your connection issue.
a b ) Power supply
February 28, 2011 5:21:46 AM

yeah dont use a generic power supply, they can damage other components in your computer by outputting extremely high voltage variation or high ripple. get a good power supply like a seasonic, corsair, or antec
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