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  • #101224
    ARS@DEQ
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    Good afternoon. Running Linux Mint version 17.x on a Dell MT7020 chassis that does not provide the PCIe 6×2 power cable which the Geforce GTX 970 requires. Can anyone recommend either a substitute power supply or better yet a substitute video card that can derive its external power from the SATA type connectors or better yet does not require the additional power?

    #101227
    daparret
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    There are adapters available to convert into 6-pin but it requires 2 standard for each (you would need 4 free). However another issue may arise as I believe the stock psu in your dell is only 290 watts. The GTX 970 recommends a minimum 500 watt psu. A new 500 watt power supply with 6-pin connectors can be found for around (sometimes below) $50 online.
    In my opinion, simply upgrading your power supply would be the best option in the long run.

    #101230
    ARS@DEQ
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    Problem is that Dell is not using standard ATX connectors to the bus….

    #101231
    daparret
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    I apologize, I didn’t mention the adapter that would allow you to upgrade that psu.

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    daparret
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    #101233
    ARS@DEQ
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    Could not have asked for more. The pigtail solves the issue! Many thanks for you guidance.

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