I recently purchased and started assemling the following setup....
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
CPU Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme & Sythe S-Flex 800rpm fan
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA970XT-UD4P
RAM: 2 x OCZ Technology DDR3 PC3-10666 1333Mhz 4GB (2x2GB)
Graphics: XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB DDR5 (HD-487A-YDFC)
HDDs: 4 x Seagate 160GB SATA 3.5IN 7200RPM 8MB SATA300
Case: Antec Three Hundred (plus extra 3 x Antec 3 speed 120mm case fans - no LEDs)
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 750W
DVD: LG 22x DVD RW
With the exception of the CPU fan header, the M/B has two other fan headers, but I will have the two inbuilt fans (top and rear) and 3 additional fans (two front, one side). I am looking for advice on how to connect them all.
I notice that the fans all seem to allow pass through (if that is the correct term) power connection. Is it advisable to use? I was thinking maybe connect the two inbuilt fans to one header and the three added to the other? That way the M/B can control all the fans.
I will also need to convert from the 4 pin power connection of the fans to 3 pin for motherboard attachments but I have seen such adapters and I could do with an extension anyway to keep my cabling tidy.
FYI: They are all Antec 3 speed fans, regardless of whether they are connected to the motherboard or not any recommendations including the settings I should choode for each would be appreciated too.
Connecting 2 or 3 fans to a single motherboard header is rough on your MB. You can do 2 to one header, but I wouldn't do 3. Why don't you just use molex connectors from your PSU? Do you really need all of your fans to be controlled by the MB?
Thanks for the response, in short I don't know whether I should or could connect all to M/B, hence my post (maybe I should have mentioned this is my first system build in about 5 years, things have changed somewhat) :-)
So which ones should I M/B connect and which PSU?
Two in built (top and rear) to M/B, still not sure what I should set the 3 speed selector at, I guess High as the M/B will dial right down anyway?
Three additional to PSU (molex) and all set to Low?
right i bought a artic cooler pro 64 for my cpu and it has occupied a 4 pin white socket....
i have one 120 mm fan that has 3 pins put into another socket...
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ive got a asrock n68-s
ive herd sum ppl connect direct to psu how do u do that?