do i need a new power supply to achieve using this hardware:

Western digital New western digital hdd...
June 11, 2012 at 15:16:34
Specs: Windows 7, 8gb
for me this is going to be hard to explain so firstly im gonna tell you my specs and if i can give a website to it:

Processor: i5 3.1ghz
RAM: 6GB Ram
Graphics Card: Gt520
Hard drive: 500GB

ok now for the fun part; explaining my problem:
basically i have been searching for a new hard drive and a new graphics card for a few months now and finally finished up choosing a 1TB western digital:
and a GTX 560 ti:
but the thing is i do not know whether my 300 watt psu will be able to handle it... i have worked out that i can get my hardrive working with my original set up by buying a couple of molex to sata converters and some sata cables. but when working out my graphics card it seems that i need 2x 6 pin pci e power cables (i think, please correct me if im wrong) which my psu will not handle and i do not have enough molex cables running from my psu to convert them to 6 pin pci e power outlets as 2 molex's = 1 pci-e outlet.

can someone please give me a solution to this problem. if i have to buy a new psu i need one around £0-50 as i do not have much money left. i have already ordered the gtx 560ti and the 1 tb hardrive so i need to work around this as it will be hard to refund. it was a bit of a stupid move to be honest but im hoping there is a beautiful human being out there who can help me through this problem?

thank you

See More: do i need a new power supply to achieve using this hardware:

Report •

June 11, 2012 at 20:24:09
Your current power supply is absolute garbage.

"if i have to buy a new psu i need one around £0-50 as i do not have much money left"

The power supply is not the place to cut corners. It is arguably THE most important piece of hardware in a system. Everything depends on it. Shoot for at least 500W, with a single +12v rail of at least 32A, active PFC, 80 plus certified. The CoolerMaster GX Lite Series has a decent balance of quality & price. Here' a 600W for £45.34 Inc VAT :

Check the specs. It has a whopping 45A on the +12v rail along with all the other things I mentioned:

Report •

June 11, 2012 at 23:06:15
Thank you very much, that is amazing
could i just ask.. how many pci-express slots will i need for a gtx 560 ti because i dont want to leave anything out.

also ive never brought a psu before and wondered if they all come in one size as my case has a seperate compartment for the battery?

thanks again for all your help

also, will it deffinately work withmy micro atx motherboard??

sorry for my noob-e-ness i have never had to change this much stuff.

oh this is my case by the way:

its pretty crap but it came with my computer when i brought it.

Report •

June 12, 2012 at 05:22:43
It uses one PCIe slot but will probably cover a second port at the rear covering access to some other slot.
Many of these 'GTX560's' are fairly long and your case may or may not have enough room that way (front to back) or you may simply need to move something like your hard drive down lower in the case to leave enough room for it (or it may be time to break out the Dremel tool and start cutting - not usually a good idea, but never do this without emptying the case completely).
Time will tell though.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

Report •

Related Solutions

June 12, 2012 at 05:27:47
ok thanks m8,
i have just recieved all my new components so ill have a check to see whether it will plug in and fit... also the gtx 560 ti needs 2 pci-express slots to work properly as im powering 2 fans and the card itself.

Report •

June 12, 2012 at 06:33:31
"the gtx 560 ti needs 2 pci-express slots to work properly"

Incorrect. The card requires one PCI-e x16 slot + two 6-pin PCIe plug-ins from the power supply. It takes up 2 slots in the rear of the case though so the PCIe x1 slot directly beneath the card will be inaccessible.

Report •

June 12, 2012 at 07:07:34
oh my bad sorry.. as i said im terrible with cables and stuff

so with this power supply you were talking about will it be able to work with my gtx 560 ti and a 1 tb harddrive aswell as everything else in the computer? cos i need to buy it as my graphic card and harddrive have arrived from amazon.

please reply asap
thanks again

Report •

June 12, 2012 at 19:57:32
As long as you use the power supply recommended above (answer #1) or equivalent you will be fine as far as the power and connectors go.
As far as physical space in your case, just lower it in slowly and see if there will be any problems fitting the card in with all of the power connectors attached as well. Remember that some components can be moved like hard drives and often other expansion cards to make additional room and space for good air flow over all components. I try to leave empty spaces between hard drives when possible and an empty slot (or use the smallest card) nearest the video card for good air flow.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

Report •

June 12, 2012 at 22:24:31
ok thanks very much but im going with this psu which 2 technicians have reccomended:

thanks everyone for your help

Report •

Ask Question