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Problem with powering a graphic card

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January 31, 2012 11:16:50 AM

Hello,

I just bought a new graphic card (link), open the case, installed the card in the PCI Express slot, then I realized that the power cord was a Molex 4 pins like that:



but the only connections coming out of the PC power supply were SATA connections :fou:  .

For now, I used a old PC which has Molex power connections, opened it up, put on the side of the other PC and connected the graphic card power supply to the old PC power supply, it looks ridiculous.

I see 2 options:
1. buy a power convertor like this one:
http://www.computercablesource.com/sata-power-adapter-4...

2. bring back the graphic card to the video store

Are there other reasonable options?

Thanks!
a b U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 31, 2012 11:22:59 AM

If your power supply does not have any PCIE plugs there is a good chance it doesn't have enough power anyway. I suggest a new power supply. BTW the link to the graphics card doesn't work for me. For better advice post what card you have and what power supply and what power it has on the 12V rail/rails.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
a c 84 ) Power supply
January 31, 2012 11:52:27 AM

Agreed. There are few cases where using adapters are a good idea.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
a c 84 ) Power supply
January 31, 2012 1:10:10 PM

I didn't read that page but you probably could. Again, I'm not a fan of using adapters. If the PSU can't output the power it can't output the power. There are only a few cases where I would use it.
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a b ) Power supply
January 31, 2012 1:14:30 PM

What power supply do you have?
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January 31, 2012 1:49:36 PM

From memory, I have a 380 Watts PSU, according to the card specs:
- A minimum 300W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 22A)****
- Max Power Consumption: 116 W
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