Hey this is my first time posting so i didnt know if i should put this in motherboards or graphics. So sorry if i am incorrect. So my dilema is... I know i have the correct slot in the motherboard below for the graphics card but i know since its so powerful i also have to plug it in for it to get power, and i cannot find out if my board has those slots. So help please thank you!
The power for the plug comes from your power supply. Graphics cards get 75w from the slot itself and any additional needs come from the plug(s). We will need to know what the information on your power supply states before we can tell you if you're ok. Specifically if you could tell us the total wattage the psu provides, the brand, model, and how many amps are provided by the 12v rail.
I don't have that wire anywhere, and i've looked at the converter they give you and I dont have the wires that stick into the converter either...... Does this mean I have to get a new power supply as well?
I'm probably going to upgrade more in the future as technology progresses... should I just get a larger PSU now? and Kelthic I found it and everything will work, you have been a ridiculous help. As this is my first time on the forums, it is a great first impresson thank you so much.
I mean it all depends on your budget what you are doing with you comp etc etc. I would say 450 is the bare minimum. In anycase, I want to stipulate you card comes with an adapter that is 6 pin to two 4 pin molex so you will need two molex power cables going to it.
not a problem at all. The 550 ti requires 22amps on the 12v rail, so you should be good for now. When you look at upgrading further, you should analyze the needs of your system with http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine. you can also use that tool to check your system now, if you like. Just put in the parts you have in your machine and click calculate and it tells you the total wattage your system should draw and gives you a recommended psu wattage. I think you will definitely be fine on your current psu until you start to upgrade more.
Well the 6850 does require a little more power (25a on the 12v rail) I think you still have a little bit of headroom, but you i'll link you a decent psu in case you don't want to risk that. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a really solid psu that will leave you room for upgrades in the future and provide reliable power for a long, long time.. This puts you a little over your budget between the two parts.
for some reason none of their links are working right today. i had to type the item number in to see your motherboard too. It's the Corsair Enthusiast 650w. Search for that in newegg and you should be able to find it no problems.