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#1 Patrick708

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:59 PM

I've built two machine, but, those were done years ago, back when there was AGP. Today, the new thing seems to be PCI Express. PCI Express x16 and x1...etc.

Looking over power supplies for the case I am going with, I see where some supplies come with PCI-E connectors, and some don't. This is confusing me. Back in the days of AGP, you plugged your video card in the slot, and it was powered from the mother board. Is this the same with PCI Express, or, do they run directly off the power supply, now? In which case, I would need a power supply, with PCI-E power connectors.

Thanks, in advance.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 08:40 PM

Certain cards do and some don't. I think more don't use that then actually do. It would still be good to have just in case.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 09:04 PM

Depends on if you want spectacular graphics or not. If you're content with decent graphics, then you probably don't need a power supply with a video card connector. If you want blazing fast graphics, better pony up.
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 05:15 AM

The PCIe port can provide up to 75W of power. If a graphics card needs more than that, then you will need a separate PCIe power connector.
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#5 Patrick708

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 07:41 AM

Awesome guys. Thank you very much.

Yes, I most definitely want the better graphics. My son wants this machine for gaming...etc. Now, to verify that, the card I'm looking at, comes with a power connector.

Again, Thanks




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