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Old 05-21-2012, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Power supply connector question

I just bought a new video card for my computer. It fits fine into the PCI-E slot, no biggie there.

The problem is that it requires a 6 pin connector to run it. Seems pretty standard from what I can tell.



My power supply, however, doesn't seem to have anything even remotely compatible. It has a 4 pin plug that goes into the motherboard (I think it's called an ATX plug) and then it has a big bunch of them (I think it's a 24 pin plug) and some misc plugs seen here



My question is... how do I power this card?

Also, please try and keep it on the topic of the issue and not "buy a new power supply"... I know that's the most common answer.

If there's no solution, obviously I'd need a new one, but it doesn't make sense that I have no plugs that are even remotely compatible...
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have to admit that I cannot recall ever having a video card so nice that it required a separate power supply hookup.
Was there any documentation with the card that would indicate what each of the slots in the connector are? You may well be able to pick up an adapter or new plug at a supply house and wire it onto an existing connector...and quick search says yes.

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Old 05-21-2012, 11:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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your card didn't come with a converter? that's a shame.

you either need to buy a converter, or get a new power supply that has the proper plug. I dont' think they make them without that plug anymore. (maybe the low power ones don't, since they'll never be powering a graphics card)
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You need what punkncat linked you to.

I have a few kicking around, and if you have the box your mobo came in, you should have some spares.

Otherwise, if the card didn't come with it, you need one.

I'd offer to pay one forward to you for shipping, but as I'm Canadian you'll likely get one cheaper buying online or locally.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There is a converter. It is somewhere out there.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you guys think a converter to power it will break down my PSU? Now I'm kind of considering a new one... lol

I've read mixed reviews on the idea that if your PSU doesn't come with a cord to power it and you use an adapter so it can, you're likely pushing your PSU past where it should be operating
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how many watts is your PSU?
what does your video cars recommend having?
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have one of those connectors I can send you.

I'm kinda confused as to why your PSU doesn't have that connector. I've seen cheapo $30 PSU that have a couple of those connectors.

But yeah, PM your address and I can send one out to you.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm going to stop in at the store tomorrow and see if I can scoop up a Corsair CX500 PSU and if not, we'll go from there.

My current PSU is 500w but the way it looks it's probably giving out between 200-400w overall. I'm going to just upgrade it so I don't screw anything up. With the new card, got a new monitor, got all sorts of upgrades, I may as well get a decent power supply.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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How old is the power supply? Double check that there isn't a 2-4 split connector for PCI-e, modular cable system, or even just a spare unused cable tucked away behind something in the case. (On a phone, so your photo is a tad hard to see.)

Personally, I try to avoid adaptors and extensions whenever possible. More connection points means more points of potential failure. Good luck with your new upgrades.
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