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One power supply dedicated to card, other connected to everything else

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 29, 2012 7:33:33 PM

Recently I bought an EVGA Geforce 9800 GT and a Corsair 450w PSU. I was wondering if it's safe to dedicate the Corsair to the EVGA via 2 power supplies. *Cross connecting the green and grey cables on the 24pin connector.* But keeping the original PSU in the case and connected to the motherboard, cpu, and fans. So only the corsair would be connected to just the evga. Would there be any shortage problems, or any overloading problems like this? I need to be sure before I go and mess everything up.

Using this tutorial:
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a b ) Power supply
October 29, 2012 7:45:35 PM

it is likely the 450 will power the whole rig . .so just use that.
October 29, 2012 7:59:18 PM

Not really sure how old my PC is, but it's an Acer Aspire AST180-UD440A running Windows 7. It has the manufactured 250w in it already. I'm just looking to make the addition of the new card.
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October 29, 2012 8:16:53 PM

the only possible issue would be what's called a ground loop, because each power supply has its own ground.

stick with 1 power supply
October 29, 2012 8:18:53 PM

Best answer selected by iKoVa.
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a b ) Power supply
October 29, 2012 8:22:22 PM

I agree with Looniam. Provided the new PSU has the right connectors, it will power the whole thing.

On a side note, some cases are designed to have two PSUs installed, for setups that require a LOT of power. No cross-wiring necessary in them.
October 29, 2012 8:42:30 PM

I ran two 500 Watt PSU's in one of my systems, but ended up replacing them with a single 1000W after one burned out from overloading (I had screwed up and didn't end up distributing the power like I thought I had and my poor SeaSonic M12 suffered the consequences). The Cooler Master CM Stacker case I used was designed to support twin power supplies and came with the adapter cable you can use rather than following that tutorial you linked, and they're readily available for sale from many places.,828-4...