A Motherboard Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobber205, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. bobber205
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    I am getting a motherboard is PCI-E on it.

    Do I have to get a PS with a PCI-E support cable? What's the deal with that?
     
  2. Eidorian
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    It's just that the power supply supports having a direct power cable to the PCI-Express bus for more power hungry video cards.
     
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    First, only PCI-E video cards require the special connector. The motherboard itself uses a standard ATX connector, with the now-standard extra 4 pin connector.

    Second, there are adapters that can convert a normal Molex (aka 'device') power connection into the PCI-E video power connector.

    So, in all likelihood, you will not need a new power supply. But, if you want to run high-power-use devices, and your power supply is more than two or three years old, make sure it can handle the load.
     
  4. bobber205
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    I am buying the PS tonight. :)

    About 400W is what I'm wanting. All the best deals on newegg are w/o PCI-E support. Will a 8500 need that extra power?
     
  5. Eidorian
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    The 8500 and 8600 only need to draw their power from the PCI-Express slot.
     

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