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CONNECT EVGA GTX460 to SILENCER500 EPS 12V power supply

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June 2, 2012 3:41:54 AM

Hi let me first say im a total noob at this kind of stuff so if i havent supplied the right info please let me know what i should be looking for

basically as the title says I have bought an EVGA GTX460 graphics card i am trying to connect to my computer. Earlier I managed to take out the old graphics card an NVIDIA GEFORCE 7300 SE and replace it with the new one in the slot. BUT I couldnt for the life of me figure out where to plug in the power adapter things on it as the other card didnt require this. As i couldnt figure it out I probably stupidly ended up trying to put the computer on. The fan on the GTX 460 came on so I guess it must have been connected but I couldnt get the monitor to pic it up ( I also have to use the VGA ADAPTER as I have an old monitor also) but then I just switched it off and replaced the old graphics card so i could look on the net for advice.

Anyways after a bit of searching around I have located 1 of the molex connector power supply things (i think) and managed to connect 1 of the adapters to it, but I cant find any more places to plug the other ones in and I dont want to pull the leads too much (can supply pics if necessary) the other leads appear to have been pushed down the side or something.
the power supply is a SILENCER 500 EPS 12V (or so it says on the box)

so basically I was wondering am I even doing the right thing and does this power supply have more molex connector things or is this graphics card too powerful to be plugged into the power supply or something??

sorry for the noobness of all this but i really thought it would be fairly easy to connect this up but now am not so sure so if you have any advice or require further info please reply !

thanks
June 2, 2012 4:05:19 AM

some extra info for anyone who can help

processor: intel core 2 quad cpu q6600 @ 2.40 ghz (4 CPUs)
Memory : 2048 RAM
power supply: SILENCER500 EPS 12V
new graphics card : EVGA GTX460


is this sufficient to run this card ? please if anybody knows get in touch thanks
June 2, 2012 5:03:48 AM

well i found 1 more molex connector thing but where are the rest ???? can i just plug an adapter onto them or something or is that dangerous ? any help would be mucho apreciated
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June 3, 2012 2:39:49 AM

You might have to buy a better GPU because you are going to need two connectors and four molex connectors unless your PSU has one 6 pin connector and two free molex.

If not you will have to buy a new PSU and I will link you to the brands you want not the cheap brands. You don't want to blow up your investment. Plus here is a video on installing your 460.

The brands you want are Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Sliver Stone, and some OCZ brands. If you have any questions please do ask that is why we are here to help. I hope this helps you and good luck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieFyHUpqxHM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 3, 2012 3:14:00 AM

KRANDLE5000 said:

Anyways after a bit of searching around I have located 1 of the molex connector power supply things (i think) and managed to connect 1 of the adapters to it, but I cant find any more places to plug the other ones in and I dont want to pull the leads too much (can supply pics if necessary) the other leads appear to have been pushed down the side or something.
the power supply is a SILENCER 500 EPS 12V (or so it says on the box)
The Silencer 500 has 1x 6 pin connector and 1x 6+2 connector no need to use adapters


Keep looking down the side
June 4, 2012 10:36:40 AM

hey thanks for the reply yes I can see the 6 - 8 pin one but also on that diagram dosent it just show that the other one (the pci express video thing ) only takes 3 ? i can see one which i think takes 3 but i dont see another one that will take 6 ?

so do i need an adapter for that or am i missing something ? anyways is a moot point bcoz whoever built this computer has jammed the things under the dvd drive and i dont want to pull them too hard can show pics if needed
a c 291 U Graphics card
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June 4, 2012 10:42:28 AM

Well, if you show the pictures we might be able to point you exactly where you need to look :) .
June 4, 2012 11:07:57 AM

if you click the pic it shows you it at the right size (pretty obvious but just in case)
a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
June 4, 2012 11:15:38 AM

I think that's what you need, but I guess to safely remove them you'll have to take out the dvd drive...
June 4, 2012 11:18:53 AM

you think i need an adapter for the 3 pin one you mean to turn it into 6 pin ? I dunno how easy it would be to take out the DVD drive do you think it would be quite simple ? Cant for the life of me understand why these guys built the computer like this

anyways thanks for ur help
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June 4, 2012 11:31:05 AM

Actually they do it to secure the cables in one place - so they don't block the air flow.

Taking out the DVD drive is simple: just remove the 4 screws that's holding it.

I don't think it's a three pin connector - those do not exist. Take it out and you'll see that's not 3 pin :) .
June 4, 2012 11:47:16 AM

oh i see well i managed to pull them all out from the dvd drive + everything still seems to be working okay but as you say I cant see a 3 pin one what I seem to have is 2 black ones with 6 pins (one of them has another part attached to it) and the white 6/8 pin one and some other ones. have included a pic. Which ones do i plug into the black ones or 1 black 1 and 1 white 1 or no black ones ? I dont have a clue

http://imageshack.us/f/62/connectothon.jpg/

you got any ideas ?

cheers
a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
June 4, 2012 11:50:15 AM

Plug in the black ones. The white 8 pin one looks like CPU power connector.
June 4, 2012 11:54:47 AM

dosent it say on the diagram above that 6/8 one is pci express video ? maybe am wrong i really dont know much about this stuff . nothing bad will happen if i plug it into the wrong connectors right ? but okay i wll try the black ones
June 4, 2012 11:55:09 AM

hey thanks for ur help too appreciate it
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June 4, 2012 11:57:23 AM

No problem, glad to help ;) .
June 4, 2012 12:21:23 PM

hi cool thanks well I havent connected the gfx card yet but i did try to plug in the connector things to see if they were the right thing (it does say pcie or whatever on the black ones so you must be right about that) but the thing is when i plugged into those things am not sure all 3 connectors are connected ? its almost like the connectors are spaced too widely apart for the connections theyre going into if that makes sense so do all 3 have to be connected ?

and also isnt the plastic surrounding the connectors too wide to connect both of them to each six pin . have included a pic to show you what i mean, i can only seem to fit 1 onto each six pin and am not sure theyre even connected right????

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/267/uhhhwhat.jpg/

see what i mean ? i think only 2 of the things is connected and i dont think the connector is wide enough to take the other 3 pins or should i just keep pushing it ?

hope this makes sense
June 4, 2012 12:23:05 PM

its like the brown + black wires are connected but the yellow one is too wide, but maybe it is connected. just making sure am doing it right
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June 4, 2012 12:32:29 PM

KRANDLE5000 said:
its like the brown + black wires are connected but the yellow one is too wide, but maybe it is connected. just making sure am doing it right

Throw the adapter away, use the 6 pin and 6+2 pin from the power supply , connect them directly to the card
June 4, 2012 12:40:53 PM

ahh yeah i just figured that out right before reading this, thanks for the confirmation. why do they include the adapters for ? ? thats whats been confusing me so much what is the point of them ?

by the way the 6/8 one is white do you think should i just use both the black ones ?
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a b ) Power supply
June 4, 2012 12:42:42 PM

Just use two black ones.

They are included for people with older design yet powerful enough power supplies. AFAIK, they started using PCIe connectors in 2007. Before then most powerful cards used molex connectors.
June 4, 2012 12:48:19 PM

man i wish they would put some stuff like that in the instructions the instructions for this are so bad they make it look like you need to plug the adapters in or else its not gonna work anyways am gonna give it a shot and hopefully do it right this time ! they really dont make it clear enough on the instructions


anyway
cheers hopefully this will work
a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
June 4, 2012 12:49:06 PM

It will work. Good luck, tell us how it works out!
June 4, 2012 1:41:34 PM

hey guys thanks for all ur help I think I managed to do it. it was a bit of struggle as I had to unscrew the fans because they were in my way and I had to pull the wires closer in order to plug them in , so when i screwed the fans back on the wires are a lot messier inside . have included a pic dunno how clear it is. dont think that matters too much tho right ?

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/269/successb.jpg/

anyways 1 last thing I have the disc with drivers included here but I was thinking its probably better if i try the latest drivers from the net first right ? the windows found new hardware thing came up and asked if it wanted me to let it search for new drivers should i just let it or look for them myself ? do i just google gtx460 latest drivers or is there a link i can use or should i just use the disk ?


anyways sorry for being such a noob but you got to start somewhere and i definetly learned a lot from doing this . hopefully its all gonna work cool and so far everything seems to be fine

cheers
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June 5, 2012 2:04:05 AM

Well look at all the experience you have aquired on the GPU. I would save this incase you ever need to do a up grade. Just incase you should forget. I have to say you did good following eveybodys directions. Good luck to you and have fun with your new card you will get a good kick out of it. Cheers.
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