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Huge problem with heatsink and new GPU?

Hello, I built my gaming rig a while ago, and i just upgraded to a geforce gtx 460. First off, the thing is huge, and my heatsink power wire wont connect to the plug on the motherboard because of this? So I cant reach my heatsink 3 pin power connector.


Next, this card says it requires those 6 pin connectors from my psu or auxiliary power. I have the BIOSTAR A780L3G Mobo, and the DiabloTek PSDA400 DA Series 400-Watt . I cant find the 6 pin connector for the gpu I need? Help anyone?
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  1. I don't completely understand what you mean by the heatsink power wire for the GPU. It shouldn't even have one.

    As far as the PCIe power connectors go, you PSU doesn't have any (although there are adapters you can use), and regardless, it's NOT a very good PSU. I HIGHLY recommend upgrading the PSU.

    A GTX 460 requires a minimum of a 450W PSU. 400W might get by, but not THAT 400W unit.
  2. The wire im talking about goes from the heatsink to the 3 pin connector on the motherboard, and It wont connect anymore because of this huge GPU.
  3. ryanrhino24 said:
    The wire im talking about goes from the heatsink to the 3 pin connector on the motherboard, and It wont connect anymore because of this huge GPU.


    I don't understand that though. The heatsink (assuming you're taking about the CPU heatsink) isn't anywhere near the GPU and the fan header should be right next to the CPU socket. How can it not reach?
  4. it should go from the heatsink on the gpu to a connector on the gpu. a picture would really help.
  5. Also, you say you have a 460 here and a 560 in another thread. Which is it? If it's the 560, you're even more screwed with that PSU.
  6. I am talking about the CPU heatsink. Here i'll link my mobo, the 3 pin plug is behind the gpu on my mobo. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1333109&CatId=5528/url
  7. 13thmonkey said:
    it should go from the heatsink on the gpu to a connector on the gpu. a picture would really help.


    +1
  8. ryanrhino24 said:
    I am talking about the CPU heatsink. Here i'll link my mobo, the 3 pin plug is behind the gpu on m mobo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138199/url


    Link doesn't work... What motherboard is it and I'll find it.
  9. Just changed the link sorry as the wrong one but its a biostar a780l3g
  10. ahh, can you use a different pci-e slot, or is there another fan header somewhere, they are normally on the top edge of the board for the cpu
  11. And yes its the gtx 560...oops..off to frys then.
  12. But I still need to figuere out how to plug my heatsink in.
  13. The only thing the gpu has to do with the heatsink is its like a wall blocking it from being plugged in to the 3 pin connector on my mobo.
  14. Gonna take a look at the manual.
  15. OK, the CPU fan header is on the top of the mobo, above the RAM slots, according to the manual.
  16. agreed from the tiger picture
  17. ok ill go look
  18. Ok I found it, it was above my ram on the left side..As for the the gpu, if i got like a 550W PSU would it come with those 2 6 pin auxiliary cables I need for my gtx 560?
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    ryanrhino24 said:
    Ok I found it, it was above my ram on the left side..As for the the gpu, if i got like a 550W PSU would it come with those 2 6 pin auxiliary cables I need for my gtx 560?


    Should be fine. Just make sure it's a decent quality unit and not trash like that DiabloTek, lol.
  20. should do, work the other thread you have about the PSU, you'll need to declare a budget you can cope with.
  21. Best answer selected by ryanrhino24.
  22. Yea I bought it with my phenom x4 like 5 months ago...aha. Im either going corsair or cooler master. Off to frys now to go look. Thanks!
  23. ryanrhino24 said:
    Yea I bought it with my phenom x4 like 5 months ago...aha. Im either going corsair or cooler master. Off to frys now to go look. Thanks!


    Thanks for the B.A. :) And Corsair would be my choice.
  24. Yea np. so 550W-600W should do it?
  25. ryanrhino24 said:
    Yea np. so 550W-600W should do it?


    Yep. :)
  26. Good news! Picked up the corsair gs 600 with the recommendation of a few people and it was incredibly easy to install! Just a quick question, with this step up in wattage, should I add a case fan?
  27. no you will be using no more watts than with your old PSU. the gpu might like a bit more fresh air though.
  28. Awesome! Extra airflow never hurts, but you wouldn't need an extra fan just because of a higher wattage PSU, no. No extra heat is being created (by the PSU, at least). The extra heat will come from the 560.
  29. Ok I might just throw a small fan in just to be safe. Thanks for all the help!
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