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Powering an A4-4000

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I'm pretty sure that it'll run the thing from a pure power delivery standpoint but I highly recommend using another power supply. The Urano doesn't even seem to have an 80+ rating and I highly doubt that it has proper protection circuits. With that kind of PSU you're lucky if it won't catch fire if it fails. Also a cheap PSU can wear out components much faster due to bad ripple and noise ratings. For that system I'd rather recommend a higher quality 350w PSU like the Corsair VS350 or an Antec EC VPF350F or something in that range of products. Concidering that 450w is usually enough even for a top end gaming system a wattage of 350w will be more than enough for such a low power media PC and you don't run the risk of setting your house on fire.

I'm currently working on a pretty low-end build to use as a media player for my living room, and after looking all over the place, I decided to go with an AMD A4-4000, paired with a Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H motherboard. Problem is, I also went with a rather cheap power supply, a Nox Urano SX 500W, and it turns out it has a single 4-pin CPU power cable, whereas the motherboard "asks" for double 4-pin.

Will this work at all? I don't want to test it in case I have to return the power supply and the retailer starts saying things like "already opened, no money back for you". As I said, the only thing this computer is going to do is play media and act as a home server somewhere in the future. Will this setup work with a single 4-pin? I've read in other forums that there's the possibility to buy a 4-pin to 8-pin adapter, if it's really needed I can go that way. What are your thoughts on this?

*As a media player/server, all this power supply is going to run is the CPU, the RAM and about 6 hard drives, with an SSD for the system drive. Notice there will not be a discrete GPU or add-in cards, don't need anything else for now.

Thanks in advance,

Guille6219

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It may boot but it won't be reliable. I think it would be better to buy a psu with an 8pin connector.

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It may boot but it won't be reliable. I think it would be better to buy a psu with an 8pin connector.

Anything that makes you be so sure about this?

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I'm not saying it won't work. You may run into some issues under heavy loads. Try to connect only the 4 pin to mobo and stress test the system.

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I'm not saying it won't work. You may run into some issues under heavy loads. Try to connect only the 4 pin to mobo and stress test the system.

I am not going to stress this computer, all it will be doing is playing media and act as a server. An adapter would make it work better/at all?

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I'm pretty sure that it'll run the thing from a pure power delivery standpoint but I highly recommend using another power supply. The Urano doesn't even seem to have an 80+ rating and I highly doubt that it has proper protection circuits. With that kind of PSU you're lucky if it won't catch fire if it fails. Also a cheap PSU can wear out components much faster due to bad ripple and noise ratings. For that system I'd rather recommend a higher quality 350w PSU like the Corsair VS350 or an Antec EC VPF350F or something in that range of products. Concidering that 450w is usually enough even for a top end gaming system a wattage of 350w will be more than enough for such a low power media PC and you don't run the risk of setting your house on fire.

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it will work. i tried it before

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I'm pretty sure that it'll run the thing from a pure power delivery standpoint but I highly recommend using another power supply. The Urano doesn't even seem to have an 80+ rating and I highly doubt that it has proper protection circuits. With that kind of PSU you're lucky if it won't catch fire if it fails. Also a cheap PSU can wear out components much faster due to bad ripple and noise ratings. For that system I'd rather recommend a higher quality 350w PSU like the Corsair VS350 or an Antec EC VPF350F or something in that range of products. Concidering that 450w is usually enough even for a top end gaming system a wattage of 350w will be more than enough for such a low power media PC and you don't run the risk of setting your house on fire.

Will try it with a single 4-pin, another power supply with the proper dual pin and an adapter. Will report later.

Remember, it's not goodbye, oh no, it's see you later - Jake Roper

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Just a quick update, I tried all those combinations and it did work, but with a memory stick I had lying around, not the one I had bought specifically. Will test it in my main computer, but it looks like its DOA. Anyone knows if these APUs are picky with the memory modules?

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