2 psu question - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-12-2009, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
apsoul's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 246
Default 2 psu question

Hi there, and how are yall doin? I am somewhat of a beginner to hardware and such, and I have read how to use 2 psu's for one system, but I'm still a bit curious about it. I recently bought a tower at circuit city's going out of business sale. AMD Phenom x4 1.8 ghz, 4 gb ram, 500 gb HD, Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE (integrated), Vista 64bit, cd/dvd burner, card reader, 300w psu.

I would like to buy a decent graphics card, but i will need more power. I do have a spare 250w psu that i would like to use for the graphics card and a second cd drive. The motherboard has 2 power connections for it. the 24pin that is currently being used, and another 20pin connection that free. Would I be able to connect the old psu the the 20 pin connection, and just install the card and use that cable for the cd drive, or would that not work?

on a second note, I'm not looking for top of the line graphics, but half-way decent would be nice. I wouldn't like to spend over 150, but if i need to, then so be it.

any help would be appreciated. thanks much.


apsoul is offline  
Old 03-12-2009, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
Kharn's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 7,638
Default Re: 2 psu question

It can be done but when you are starting off I would just advise you go out an buy a better PSU rather than trying to jerry rig two together.

Visit this and do something for the world!

Want to do even more? Take a look here and join the fight on human trafficking.

Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand.

Kharn is offline  
Old 03-12-2009, 10:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
Lord Techie
Luke's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,601
Send a message via AIM to Luke Send a message via MSN to Luke
Default Re: 2 psu question

I have done it before, for a short time , for testing a few things without taking out the other psu, or even disconnecting it. there is really no where to put the second psu. I would spend like $80 and buy a single decent psu.
3770K @ 4.7 Ghz H100 Water Cooled | GTX 970 MSI Gold Edition SLI
32GB G.Skill RipJaws (Rendering/ Virtualization) | Corsair 650D | CORSAIR RM1000W w/ White Cable KIt
Samsung 850 Pro 256 GB SSD Boot | OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Secondary | WD Black 1 TB | WD Green 3 TB
Server: Core i7 920 | 8GB RAM | Intel 240gb 730 SSD Boot | 3 x 2TB WD RED | Fractal R4
Luke is offline  
Old 03-12-2009, 10:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 806
Default Re: 2 psu question

Get this psu when it comes back in stock
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Then for a video card get this,
Newegg.com - XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Real cheap stuff, but very reliable and good for whatever you need I'm sure.
Thresh25 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yet again PSU question Thresh25 New Systems | Building and Buying 3 03-09-2009 03:49 PM
PSU Problem/Cooling Problem Like2game New Systems | Building and Buying 11 01-05-2009 07:46 PM
how to diagnose blown psu, or, undiagnose it. drewjustforyou System Upgrades 9 01-04-2009 06:03 PM
Psu question dano4163 System Upgrades 3 12-28-2008 10:11 AM
Quick PSU Question... ilim4t1c New Systems | Building and Buying 3 06-29-2008 02:35 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.