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July 23, 2010 8:28:55 PM

Hey guys. Just a quick question from a first time builder:

When purchasing an internal hard drive (specifically this), what cable will i need to buy in order to connect it up? The motherboard i will be using is this one if it help you guys out.

And for that matter any other cables i should be purchasing with OEM equipment?

Thanks guys.

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a c 352 G Storage
July 23, 2010 8:54:36 PM

I assume you are buying a SATA HDD and Not an older IDE (PATA) drive.

To connect the HDD to the Motherboard you will need a SATA data cable (usually red, seen som orange and yellow ones). Most MBs throw in a couple. You should have plenty of Power connectors coming from the PSU. IF the PSU does not have any SATA power Connectors you will need a molex to sata adaptor (usually a 6" cable)

For an "older" HDD and/or older DVD drive you need the 80 wire (40Pin) Wide ribbon cable. Remember on newer MB - Only ONE IDE connector (only two devices).
a c 229 G Storage
July 23, 2010 9:17:09 PM

For cables, you just need a SATA cable for that.

No drive I can think of would need anything other than it's data connection to the system. I suggest you do not buy a DVD or BluRay drive OEM though, as those usually would come with movie play-back software that you otherwise have to pay for. There are good free media players for DVDs but if it's only $10 difference or so, probably just as good to get a retail package.

If you get a bare bones video card, you would ofcourse need the cables and possibly any adapters to match your monitor.
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July 23, 2010 10:14:08 PM

Don't forget to check if your power supply has enough sata power cables.

If not you'll have to get a molex to sata adapter.
July 24, 2010 7:55:38 AM

Thanks a lot guys, cleared it up well :)