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October 13, 2012 3:35:31 PM

Hello, I've been researching the Asus GeForce GTX 550 TI and It seems that it requires a 6pin connector.

Here it is - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Heres my motherboard, which only has 8pin and 24pin on it -

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Since my motherboard only has 8pin and 24pin does this mean i need a different motherboard with a 6pin on it? How does this work? I wasn't able to find any motherboard with 6pin connectors on it. Please help.

Here my PSU - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
It's a thermaltake 750W modular power supply. It has PCIE connectors on it, but none are 6pin. Please explain this to me and help me understand :/ 

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a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 3:40:11 PM

yea it need one pcie power conecter and ur fine with that psu
a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
October 13, 2012 3:53:02 PM

the 8pin connectors can usually 6+2 pin just peel off 2 pin
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October 13, 2012 4:58:15 PM

spentshells said:
the 8pin connectors can usually 6+2 pin just peel off 2 pin

are you sure? that sounds risky, and I'm worried that it'll ruin my motherboard. I'm still confused. If you could find a 6pin connector motherboard that supports AMD AM3+ socket on www.tigerdirect.ca I'd be very thankful. But your saying I have to take out 2 pins on the motherboard?
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 5:26:33 PM

hey the gtx 550ti is a good card for low end res like mine 1280x1024 and he has not sai what his res is
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 5:32:06 PM

Yeah, the 550ti is a good low end card, but it is a rip off because it needs to be $15-$20 cheaper, then I would say it's a good deal.
October 13, 2012 5:45:42 PM

MRC390 said:
are you sure? that sounds risky, and I'm worried that it'll ruin my motherboard. I'm still confused. If you could find a 6pin connector motherboard that supports AMD AM3+ socket on www.tigerdirect.ca I'd be very thankful. But your saying I have to take out 2 pins on the motherboard?


1st. Do not get a GTX 550 ti, get a Radeon 7770.

2nd. You're getting your ins and outs wrong. When a GPU says it requires a 6pin power connector, it needs a power connector from your PSU NOT your Motherboard. Your motherboard can NOT supply power in anyway to your GPU(except via the PCI lands but that is irrelevant).

This is what you need: http://techreport.com/r.x/psus-0907/pcie-connectors.jpg
The one on the left is a 6pin, the one on the right is a 6+2pin, you should have BOTH connected to your PSU permanently.

Your PSU has 2 PCI-E power connectors, 1 is just a 6pin and the other is a 6+2pin. You should also have 2 modular PCI-E power connectors, again one with a 6pin only and 1 with a 6+2pin design.

Do you have a GPU currently installed? Does it have a 6pin connected to it? No? Then go and look at all the connectors that is in your PSU currently, you SHOULD find a 6pin and a 6+2pin, if you don't then you probably cut them off for some weird reason, otherwise they SHOULD be there.
a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
October 13, 2012 5:45:52 PM

You won't break them look carefully at all the different connectors some will be 8 and other will be 6+2.

6+2 connectors slide apart no risk just have a look at the connector
Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
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October 13, 2012 5:48:12 PM

spentshells said:
You won't break them look carefully at all the different connectors some will be 8 and other will be 6+2.

6+2 connectors slide apart

yes they do! :) 


edit. opps a link to this image was posted . .my bad.
October 13, 2012 6:04:22 PM

thank you very much! You guys are really helpful, and the 550ti isn't a bad card. this bad boy can run bf3 on ultra with 45-70 fps. Im getting the Asus Geforcegtx 550ti cus its a good card that supports VGA. I need VGA cus my monitor supports VGA and im on a budget so im not buying a new monitor. my max res is 1336x768 so the card is perfect for me
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 6:09:02 PM

well good luck mate
October 13, 2012 6:11:09 PM

echondo said:
1st. Do not get a GTX 550 ti, get a Radeon 7770.

2nd. You're getting your ins and outs wrong. When a GPU says it requires a 6pin power connector, it needs a power connector from your PSU NOT your Motherboard. Your motherboard can NOT supply power in anyway to your GPU(except via the PCI lands but that is irrelevant).

This is what you need: http://techreport.com/r.x/psus-0907/pcie-connectors.jpg
The one on the left is a 6pin, the one on the right is a 6+2pin, you should have BOTH connected to your PSU permanently.

Your PSU has 2 PCI-E power connectors, 1 is just a 6pin and the other is a 6+2pin. You should also have 2 modular PCI-E power connectors, again one with a 6pin only and 1 with a 6+2pin design.

Do you have a GPU currently installed? Does it have a 6pin connected to it? No? Then go and look at all the connectors that is in your PSU currently, you SHOULD find a 6pin and a 6+2pin, if you don't then you probably cut them off for some weird reason, otherwise they SHOULD be there.

Okay so the parts that i've chosen are fine?
October 13, 2012 6:49:32 PM

Anonymous said:
yes they do! :) 


edit. opps a link to this image was posted . .my bad.


Lol, no problem.

MRC390 said:
Okay so the parts that i've chosen are fine?


Yes, it will.

I still suggest getting a 7770, MSI has a nice one for $135 and it comes with a DVI to VGA adapter.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 7:00:37 PM

MRC390 said:
thank you very much! You guys are really helpful, and the 550ti isn't a bad card. this bad boy can run bf3 on ultra with 45-70 fps. Im getting the Asus Geforcegtx 550ti cus its a good card that supports VGA. I need VGA cus my monitor supports VGA and im on a budget so im not buying a new monitor. my max res is 1336x768 so the card is perfect for me

This card is a trap for new builders or people that don't do enough research. They look at a nvidia card and find that the 550ti is the weakest card in the range they want, because the 550ti always shows up. These people telling you to get 7770 have built a lot of computers. The 550ti can play any game. Some cards that are the same price or cheaper, maybe a few bucks more.
7770, 650, 460, 560se, 7750 even beats it in some cases. and you have to consider that every person suggesting to you is either a veteran or higher on this website and probably do this every day, at the beginning when you first posted it thought that power connector came from the motherboard. I think they know more than you.
October 13, 2012 7:13:24 PM

lt_dan_zsu said:
This card is a trap for new builders or people that don't do enough research. They look at a nvidia card and find that the 550ti is the weakest card in the range they want, because the 550ti always shows up. These people telling you to get 7770 have built a lot of computers. The 550ti can play any game. Some cards that are the same price or cheaper, maybe a few bucks more.
7770, 650, 460, 560se, 7750 even beats it in some cases. and you have to consider that every person suggesting to you is either a veteran or higher on this website and probably do this every day, at the beginning when you first posted it thought that power connector came from the motherboard. I think they know more than you.


Okay i see what your saying. But heres the thing. I'm looking to spend no more than $700 Because I'm on a budget. The 550ti may not be the greatest however for it's price and its capability its decent. I get that theres better cards for a little less or a little more, however those cards are DVI and unless they come with adapters then i cannot use them. My monitor is VGA.

The bigger the card = the bigger the case = the higher the price. I haven't purchased them yet, but I plan on doing so.

Heres a list of all my parts.

VIDEO CARD - Asus Gefore GTX 550 ti
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...


CPU - AMD FX6100
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Motherboard - MSI 970A-G46 AMD 9 series Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CASE - Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Hard Drive - 1TB Hitachi 0F13180 Deskstar (Sata lll 6 gb/s 7200RPM)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU - Thermaltake Modular Power Supply 750Watts
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CD DRIVE - Samsung 22X Internal DVDRW
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM - Kingston HyperX Red Series 8GB (2x4)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
October 13, 2012 7:19:44 PM

can a 7770 fit into a mid tower?
Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
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October 13, 2012 7:22:49 PM

that theramal take PSU is garbage for the price. period

you do not need a 750 PSU! a 550 is more than enough; even a 450 would be fine, close but fine.

look for a corsair, seasonic, xfx or antec that is rated 80+
October 13, 2012 7:25:00 PM

Anonymous said:
that theramal take PSU is garbage for the price. period

you do not need a 750 PSU! a 550 is more than enough; even a 450 would be fine, close but fine.

look for a corsair, seasonic, xfx or antec that is rated 80+

whats wrong with it? it had all positive reviews, and its rated 5 stars o.o
October 13, 2012 7:53:38 PM

MRC390 said:
can a 7770 fit into a mid tower?


Yes. The 7770 and the 550ti is almost the same exact length and width.

MRC390 said:
whats wrong with it? it had all positive reviews, and its rated 5 stars o.o


PSUs that are not from Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX are good for a while but they do not last long nor can they output their advertised wattages. Also, you need the most amps possible on the 12v rail because on a PSU, the PSU supplies most of it's power to your CPU and GPU and both are connected to the 12v rail on the PSU itself.

Your PSU has around 90% of it's total wattage going to the 12v rail, which is nice, but the grade quality of Thermaltake PSUs are not high tier.

The #1 rule of system building is that you NEVER skimp on a PSU. Brands like Seasonic actually make their PSUs in house and use quality parts, other brands like Corsair and XFX are actually made by Seasonic so they are made of high quality as well.

I would recommend this XFX 550w PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is supplying 96% of it's wattage alone to the 12v rail(which is 528w).

Just saw you were in Canada: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC2961&v...

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12980BD9834&v...


*Edit here is a mock up build for around $630 before rebate:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.61 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $607.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 13, 2012 8:26:26 PM

okay. i think i'll pick different parts. I'd be really greatful if you looked over them and gave me your opinion
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 8:35:31 PM

to mrc about the last thing I posted. Every single one of those cards that I listed about 3 or 4 comments ago are either the same price or MAYBE $5 more than the 550ti. Why do you think I said cards that are the same price as yours. All of those cards out perform the 550ti and a few of them are even made by nVidia. If you want to waste your money on a sub par card then go ahead, the 550ti would be a fair price if it were priced a few more dollars than the 7750, but until then it is a complete rip off, you can get multiple 7770's for $120, a few 560se. which is better always. I don't know why you are so insistent on getting that card.
Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
October 13, 2012 8:39:16 PM

MRC390 said:
whats wrong with it? it had all positive reviews, and its rated 5 stars o.o

from where? buyers?

most people have no idea what to get; most will get an over kill PSU and if it powers up the system will then immediately call it great w/o understanding efficiency or quality.

going to sites like hardware secrets or johnny guru, where they rip it apart and look at each component as well testing efficiency at various loads is a much better measuring stick.

on a side note, that XFX is a great choice . . . made by seasonic one of the best if not the best manufacturer. it will be problem free for a long time.
a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2012 9:05:48 PM

looniam is right. If it works people will give it five stars. They don't know there is something better. Also, I don't suggest buying things from tiger direct, they like making big red number and slashes through prices to make it look like you are getting a good deal when you are really being ripped off. They also love only showing the rebate price. Browse tiger for a while and you will see what I mean. I don't even bother looking for things on that site because they are so deceptive. They have bigger rebates than newegg, but often times they will jack up the price $100 compared to newegg and then only show the rebate price, which might be $5 cheaper(oh boy!). Look lower price on newegg and no big price slash
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also there is this 550ti for even cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I should mention you will lose 10mhz on this card though, which might be 1/10 a frame a second. Then there is a 7770 which is more powerful than the 550ti for $8 less than the 550ti you want from tigerdirect
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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