Extending the 8 pin power wire?



Well so this is my motherboard, the EVGA P55 LE, and I was wondering what the above red boxed 8 pin socket is for. Well I know it is to power something, my computer is up and running now, but since I have a bottom mounted Power supply, I have to stretch the wire over the CPU stock cooler and into this socket. I was looking into buying an aftermarket CPU cooler, but because I have this 8 pin wire stretched over my motherboard, there is no way that it will fit. I was wondering if I could buy like an 8 pin to 8 pin extender wire thingy. Does that even exist? So I could wrap it around my motherboard instead of it going right over the CPU. don't worry its not touching the fans but its hovering above it. Anyway to extend this wire? Can I buy an extension? Do you have any idea where to buy one and what to search for? Thanks.

Case: NZXT M59
Mobo: EVGA P55 LE
CPU: Intel i5 760 @ 2.8 Ghz
GPU: MSI HAWK ATI 5770 HD 1 GB
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  1. stevenplanet said:
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    Well so this is my motherboard, the EVGA P55 LE, and I was wondering what the above red boxed 8 pin socket is for. Well I know it is to power something, my computer is up and running now, but since I have a bottom mounted Power supply, I have to stretch the wire over the CPU stock cooler and into this socket. I was looking into buying an aftermarket CPU cooler, but because I have this 8 pin wire stretched over my motherboard, there is no way that it will fit. I was wondering if I could buy like an 8 pin to 8 pin extender wire thingy. Does that even exist? So I could wrap it around my motherboard instead of it going right over the CPU. don't worry its not touching the fans but its hovering above it. Anyway to extend this wire? Can I buy an extension? Do you have any idea where to buy one and what to search for? Thanks.

    Case: NZXT M59
    Mobo: EVGA P55 LE
    CPU: Intel i5 760 @ 2.8 Ghz
    GPU: MSI HAWK ATI 5770 HD 1 GB


    EDIT: Actually I was looking around on eBay and was wondering if this would work?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/12inch-ATX-8-Pin-Extension-Cable-ATX-8P-EX-/280553936768?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item4152515780
  2. yeah that ebay link you posted will probably work but here is another more expensive extender from newegg.com I don't know your country of origin but here is the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812198024&cm_re=8_pin_extension-_-12-198-024-_-Product

    Go with ebay if you're willing to risk it not working

    Go with newegg.com if you want a reliable product with a good RMA policy
  3. The 8pin connector is the CPU power, i would get the one off of ebay as its pretty hard for an 8 pin EPS cable extender not to work and its longer and cheaper.
  4. Yep. Not a lot of technology in a simple cable extender.
  5. Hehe thanks so much for all the replies. I'm kind of new to this so don't wanna burn out anything :P
  6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201020&cm_re=8-pin_extension-_-12-201-020-_-Product

    I just received mine yesterday for the same problem with a different motherboard. It works beautifully, and appears to be very high quality. Just check the length you need and you'll be fine. :D

    A final word of advice, though - always go with NewEgg over eBay if you can. You won't regret it, even if you pay $2 more. Those $2 won't matter a bit when you get something DOA from a seller who won't take it back...
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