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6 pin pci e power connector?

by frexistential / January 17, 2010 10:22 AM PST

Alright, just made some upgrades to my computer, among them a new video card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150438). I've come across a little trouble while trying to connect it to my power supply (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1264&ID=1507). The problem is I don't have the 6 pin pci express power connectors that I need. The power supply is a couple of years old and I was using a different power connector for my old set up. I have no idea where the rest of the power connectors that came with the PSU are, seeing as I have moved a few times. I have searched on newegg and amazon as well as google looking to purchase the power connector I need but I can't seem t find a single seller. I even went to the manufactures's site and can't seem to find that specific cable I need. I have emailed the manufacturer about the possibility of obtaining some replacement cables but they have not gotten back to me yet.

Any ideas or suggestions of how I could get a hold of this piece or another available work around?

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Try something like this
by Jimmy Greystone / January 17, 2010 11:33 AM PST

Try something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189120&cm_re=pcie_adapter-_-12-189-120-_-Product

All you need to do is adapt the old 4-pin connectors to the 6-pin type used for PCI-E cards. Now if you don't have two free 4-pin connectors, that'll be a problem and you'll probably just want to get a new PSU. I wouldn't recommend getting a splitter, because then you'd be trying to pull about 25% more power over that particular rail than it's designed to take. At best you'd probably fry your PSU, but creating an electrical fire isn't out of the question.

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RE;
by frexistential / January 17, 2010 12:15 PM PST

I don't have those other 2 slots free, also I really cant afford to buy a new PSU right now, especially since it otherwise works great.

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Then you're stuck
by Jimmy Greystone / January 17, 2010 9:21 PM PST
In reply to: RE;

Then you're stuck. You could risk setting your house on fire with a y-splitter, but if you can't afford a new PSU then I somehow doubt you could afford that. So until you can afford a new PSU, or want to live without something using a 4-pin connector, you're stuck. There is no way to simply add one of those connectors to a PSU. The PSU either comes with one or it doesn't.

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