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Old but good power supply, only one PCI-E power cable... need two

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January 19, 2013 5:41:02 AM

Hi everyone. I have a four year old power supply (Antec earthwatts EA430 430W) that works great, but I'm getting a graphics card that needs two 6 pin PCI-E connectors. Can I use a convertor cable like this one, or is that risky?

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January 19, 2013 1:24:38 PM

lavmorc said:
Hi everyone. I have a four year old power supply (Antec earthwatts EA430 430W) that works great, but I'm getting a graphics card that needs two 6 pin PCI-E connectors. Can I use a convertor cable like this one, or is that risky?


Hi - you need to list your entire system specs/components to
get a reliable answer to your question.

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January 19, 2013 1:59:58 PM

minimum recommended wattage for a 7870 is 500W. so the 430 will be squeezing itself. That cable will do the trick, but the question is whether your PSU will hold up. Would recommend new PSU. You can try it and if your PSU blows up you'll be up for a new PSU anyway, but it might blow something else up when it does. Better to be on the safe side, but its your call!
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January 19, 2013 3:47:50 PM

For a system using a single reference clocked Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 27 Amps or greater and have at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

Overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU(s) will require an additional increase to the maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock. The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock you are trying to achieve.

You may find power supplies on the market that supply more than enough Wattage to run the system. However, some of them lack Sufficient Amperage capacity on the critical +12 Volt rail, which is necessary to properly power the critical components in the system (i.e. CPU and GPUs). This is the reason why graphics card manufacturers may overstate the power supply wattage, usually by at least 50 Watts, in an attempt to take into account some of those power supplies that have the weaker +12 Volt rail(s).

The Antec EarthWatts Series 430 Watt (EA-430), with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 30 Amps and with one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector, is electrically sufficient to power your system configuration with a single Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition graphics card.

Some of the graphics card manufacturers will include one or two of these types of cables with their graphics card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 19, 2013 4:08:09 PM

Brilliant answer from k0888 there but your PSU is not very future proof, or else you would not even be having to ask this question. If you are dedicated to your machine you will want to have parts that will last past a few more upgrades within.
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January 19, 2013 4:22:56 PM

Budget model PSUs will always cut back on something. It cost money to add that second PCI-E power cable.
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January 19, 2013 6:00:07 PM

Thanks so much for the answers, ko888 and blackmancer!

ko888, when you say "one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector is electrically sufficient" do you mean that I can just not plug the second one in, and the card will run okay? Or should convert the SATA power to PCI-E, as I described with a cable?

I'd like to play Farcry 3 with this system, and I don't want the graphics card to break because I tried to save $70 on a power supply. I'm building exactly this system but hoping to salvage my old PSU.

ko888 said:
Budget model PSUs will always cut back on something. It cost money to add that second PCI-E power cable.

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January 19, 2013 6:05:01 PM

lavmorc said:
Thanks so much for the answers, ko888 and blackmancer!

ko888, when you say "one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector is electrically sufficient" do you mean that I can just not plug the second one in, and the card will run okay? Or should convert the SATA power to PCI-E, as I described with a cable?

I'd like to play Farcry 3 with this system, and I don't want the graphics card to break because I tried to save $70 on a power supply. I'm building exactly this system but hoping to salvage my old PSU.

You still need to connect the second 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.

When I said it is electrically sufficient I'm talking about the +12 Volt continuous current rating not the number of PCI-E power connectors.
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January 19, 2013 8:51:41 PM

Best answer selected by lavmorc.
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