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September 29, 2010 4:57:49 AM

This will (hopefully!) be my last thread on the pc build I have recently made, and I want to first thank everyone who have given me their time and advice on building it, I'd be nowhere on it without you!

I have installed all of the hardware components I need, all that is left for me now is connecting the wires. I believe that I have done them all except for a few of the PSU wires, the two case fans' molex connectors and the Power LED molex connector from the case, and hooking up my cd/dvd drive to the mobo. I cannot seem to find a way to do these, the motherboard only came with a ribbon cable (isn't compatible with my HDD or disk drive) and the small white Serial ATA cable that I hooked up my hard drive to the mobo with.

The 8-pin connector coming out of my PSU I have read that I need to attach to the mobo in addition to the 20+4 connector I have plugged in, but it won't reach the input on the mobo (which is at the top of the mobo on the left of the CPU), I am waiting for an atx extension cable for it.

On my photobucket page I have uploaded several pictures and a video of it, hopefully that helps, although I'm not too good with cable management so its not the easiest deciphering it. Any advice given would be greatly appreciated, thank you!!

http://s888.photobucket.com/albums/ac87/ubersoldier87/

*edit - also to avoid confusion in a few of the pics I took I have the white serial ata cable plugged into the disk drive, I have since unplugged it and plugged it into the hard drive instead
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 7:14:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poXyU-BwNbk

You need a second SATA cable. Are you sure the PSU EPS connector doesn't reach the mobo one? Make sure you're not confusing that connector with a 8-pin PCIe connector for the video card.

For the mobo:
8 pin EPS +12 volt power cable
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors....
4+4 pin +12 volt power cable
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors....

For the video card (if it's needed):
8 pin PCI Express power cable
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors....



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September 29, 2010 3:52:17 PM

mosox said:
You need a second SATA cable. Are you sure the PSU EPS connector doesn't reach the mobo one? Make sure you're not confusing that connector with a 8-pin PCIe connector for the video card.


Yes, I checked and its got the yellow wires on the clip side. Hopefully the extension cable I ordered is correct.

mosox said:
For the video card (if it's needed):
8 pin PCI Express power cable
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors....


The cables I have hooked up to my graphics card are two splitter cables of what look like the 6-pic PCI express, except the two on one side of the clip are 'empty holes'. They plug in to the cables that came with the card, which I guess gives me my problem of not having anything to plug in the case fans' molex and case PWR LED molex into.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 4:13:36 PM

What PSU and video card do you have?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 4:37:37 PM

So, your card needs two 6 pin PCIe for supplementary power and your PSU has one 6 pin PCIe and one 6+2 pin Pcie connectors (1 x 6-Pin, 1 x 6+2-Pin).

Don't use the cables that came with your video cards, those are for PSUs that don't have PCIe connectors, insert the PSU 6 pin PCIe connector directly into the video card and then split the other 6+2 Pin connector in two and use the 6 pin part for the other video card connector (leave the two pin part hanging).









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September 29, 2010 6:21:25 PM

mosox said:
So, your card needs two 6 pin PCIe for supplementary power and your PSU has one 6 pin PCIe and one 6+2 pin Pcie connectors (1 x 6-Pin, 1 x 6+2-Pin).

Don't use the cables that came with your video cards, those are for PSUs that don't have PCIe connectors, insert the PSU 6 pin PCIe connector directly into the video card and then split the other 6+2 Pin connector in two and use the 6 pin part for the other video card connector (leave the two pin part hanging).


Ahh, thanks for letting me know about that, I had no idea I had the wrong cables plugged into the gpu. Now that frees up the psu cables with the molex connectors on them, which I believe I can hook up to the fans and LED. All that l;eaves now is the SATA cable I need (I just got one on ebay) and the 8-pin power extension cable.

The only question I have left I believe is when I get that SATA cable, does it matter which input I put it in on the mobo? The mobo has two SATA slots that I'm using for the hard drive and a sata cable coming from the case (I'm not 100% sure what it does, maybe the front-end stuff?), and it has two white pillar looking things around those two that have 2 inputs on each.

Also, there is a in addition to the 8 pin there is also a 4-pin volt connector coming from the inside of the psu, do I need to plug that into anything?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 6:43:26 PM

Try to plug the hard drive into the SATA0 port, the DVD drive into SATA1 and the eSATA (case connection) into SATA2. It really doesn't matter though.
You don't need to plug in the 4-pin connector, since you are plugging in the 8-pin CPU connector.

Try to run the cables behind the motherboard to reduce clutter, if you can.
Tie the cables with cables ties to avoid shifting of the cables.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 6:49:35 PM

You can use the 4 pin connector for the mobo instead of the 8 pin one if it reaches the connector:

http://i.imgur.com/vyP2u.jpg

Raed this:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...

video in 3 parts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y8T8QAsDZs

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September 30, 2010 1:09:39 AM

Thanks, I'll look into those, I think that solves my problems.

Thanks again to everyone!!
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September 30, 2010 1:10:09 AM

Best answer selected by ubersoldier87.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 1, 2010 7:45:29 AM

It's good. Now you can route the cable behind the mobo.
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October 1, 2010 2:35:38 PM

Oh, really? Alright, thank you, that's a relief!
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