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I already said. It only has a 20 pin motherboard connector, and isn't even 80+.

What's wrong with the one I linked?

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There's nothing technically wrong with a 20-pin motherboard connector. Even if it was using older/cheaper standard terminals, that plug can handle up to about 300w. It could handle 500w if it uses HCS terminals and 600w if it uses Plus HCS terminals. In any case, the 20-pin plug is more than enough for your needs.

What does 80+ matter really? You will never recoup the cost in power savings. In fact, buying a bigger PSU may mean you are running LESS efficiently for a small load.

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It isn't low quality, though. It is actually pretty nice for a 350w.
How do you know the quality of your current PSU or new one? The only way to get a clue is to open it and check the topography, design, and components. The only way to really know is using a load tester and an oscilloscope.
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I want to put a 5770 or something similar at some point. I definitely don't want to run that off of this psu.

The only issue I'm having before I fire it up is the psu power connector. It has the white, black, and green wires going to an external connector on the back. The connector isn't labeled. I know where the green goes, but I don't remember which way the white and black went. It has a label on it, but it doesn't give any useful information

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Basically, I'm trying to figure out which prong on the connector is hot.

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Well, it's running. The 5450 won't be an issue, I know. How about something more powerful that still doesn't require external power? Something like a 6670 or 7750. It'll still just be running off the bus, so, do you think I'll be ok?
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Well, it's running. The 5450 won't be an issue, I know. How about something more powerful that still doesn't require external power? Something like a 6670 or 7750. It'll still just be running off the bus, so, do you think I'll be ok?

What's the power draw on those cards?
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What's the power draw on those cards?

Not sure. They don't require any extra power, so the max they can draw is 75w. That's the most the slot can provide.
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