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not sure if im using the correct terminology. it's been a million years since i built a machine, and ****'s changed so much since (back in the day, the athlon xp 2500+ was king). in any case, the new thermaltake psu i got to support my new 8800gt has only a four pin molex for the proc.

the mobo has an 8pin connector. the manual says its ok to use 4pin but its "highly recommended" to use 8.

so im using 4.

i have an e2180 (not oc'ed as of yet but perhaps soon) and the rest of the specs are in my profile. only thing thats changed is the vid card and psu (500w).

sooo... should i RMA it or just keep it. does it make much difference? i dont plan to upgrade the proc for at least six months (or til the price of quad extremes come down). i dont mind spending another hundred bucks on a psu. can always sell this one (craigslist ftw!)

but any advice or education ill gladly accept.

thanks much, great forum guys.

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Could you post a link for that PSU?
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you're fine... plug the 4-pin into the 8-pin socket....... I have the same deal.....
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hold on....! 350 W... man , that's probably pushing things a bit... you may want to get something with a bit more output.....
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I dont know your specs, but if I had to guess you wont be able to overclock much if at all and may be unstable under load.
    
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hold on....! 350 W... man , that's probably pushing things a bit... you may want to get something with a bit more output.....
I agree with this - though you'll be fine with the 4-pin connector, you're starting to push out of the safe zone with just 350 watts. I would recommend at least 400w and 25 amps 12v+ for that rig.
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I dont know your specs, but if I had to guess you wont be able to overclock much if at all and may be unstable under load.
Based on the PSUs output, perhaps, but not due to only using the 4-pin. My motherboard also uses the 8-pin connector with which I have only connected a 4-pin; yet I've attained a stable 94% overclock.
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Based on the PSUs output, perhaps, but not due to only using the 4-pin. My motherboard also uses the 8-pin connector with which I have only connected a 4-pin; yet I've attained a stable 94% overclock.
Huh, ok, I just would have assumed that using 4 vs 8 would effect the amount of power that the cpu could get.
    
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350w is plenty IMO
    
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post #9 of 12
Your 500W Thermaltake PSU with the 4pin connector will be fine. I'm in a similar situation, and everything is A-ok. My system overclocks great too.

Edit: It's highly unlikely that your CPU and board will require more power than the 4pin will supply.
    
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Your 500W Thermaltake PSU with the 4pin connector will be fine. I'm in a similar situation, and everything is A-ok. My system overclocks great too.

Edit: It's highly unlikely that your CPU and board will require more power than the 4pin will supply.
lol, alotta you guys failed to read that i replaced the old psu with the new thermaltake 500w.

here's what i got:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153052

just havent updated my profile yet.

so... getting that out of the way, am i safe to upgrade to a beefier proc in the future? or should i get a new psu?

id really rather not worry about rma'ing it for now. i want to utilize my new 8800gt

thanks guys,

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