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Beginner question about fan connectors on MB

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April 10, 2012 6:33:02 PM

I'm thinking of buying these:
ASUS P8Z77-V LE motherboard ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
Cooler Master 200mm fan ( http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... )
OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular PSU ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

In the Asus motherboard spec, I see
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x Power Fan connector(s) (3 -pin)

For the Storm Enforcer case, I'm going to put another 200mm fan on the top (see 3rd link). So in the total, my case will have 3 fans (2x 200mm fans (top and front) and 1x 120mm rear). My question is, does the ASUS P8Z77-V LE motherboard has enough ports for all of the case fans + any additional fan the CPU or power supply need?


P.S. This is my first time building a PC.
a b V Motherboard
April 10, 2012 6:46:59 PM

The only reason to connect a fan to the motherboard is to control the speed.
You can connect them directly to the PSU but they'll run at max speed all the time which can be a problem due to the noise
April 10, 2012 7:34:32 PM

akxpckwb said:
The only reason to connect a fan to the motherboard is to control the speed.
You can connect them directly to the PSU but they'll run at max speed all the time which can be a problem due to the noise


Thanks. Ok, I'm planning to use the OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular PSU ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ). Are the "6 x 4-pin Peripheral" (in the PSU spec) for fans?
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April 10, 2012 8:25:24 PM

there called molex connectors. most cd and drives now are sata and use those small sata power plugs.
there are cables like these
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13548/cab-464/Akasa_F...

that you can connect one or more fan to a power supply molex and then control them from one mb header.
April 11, 2012 5:47:08 PM

smorizio said:
there called molex connectors. most cd and drives now are sata and use those small sata power plugs.
there are cables like these
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13548/cab-464/Akasa_F...

that you can connect one or more fan to a power supply molex and then control them from one mb header.

Wouldn't that draw a lot more power from the MB, which would increase the chance of other MB parts to fail?
a b V Motherboard
April 11, 2012 8:09:12 PM

Fans draw very little power so it's doubtful that it will cause problems.
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