Computer PSU Connector Help!

Hey guys.

I am looking to buy an Antec PSU for my computer, as the one I have currently does not have enough connectors for the additional case fans I wish to include.

I am looking to buy the following PSU:

http://www.ebuyer.com/114928-antec-basiq-power-350w-atx-12v-psu-0761345-06351-7

My question is: What is the name of the connectors for Case Fans? And how many does the PSU above include?

Thanks

Andy
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  1. are the case fans large connectors or small 3 or 4 pin connectors?

    the small connectors dont connect to the psu but to the motherboard--the large connectors are the same as older non sata hard drives and cd/dvd drives and wont let you control the fan speed

    heres large connector

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Molex_female_connector.jpg

    heres the small one


    http://www2.hardwarezone.com.my/img/data/articles/2009/2975/fan-connector.jpg

    thats a low power psu--what components are you planning to run on it
  2. Case fans can have pin connectors (3/4 pin) or molex connectors (4 plugs) or both. I believe that one has 4 molex connections and 1 pin connections if I understand the wording on the website right.
  3. They're 4 Pin Connectors.

    And yeah i had the same problem with the wording on the site. I didn't really understand what it was saying.

    Thanks
  4. There is no reason to buy a whole new power supply for fans that run off of a large molex 4 pin connector, or any type for that matter. You either need splitters or adapters or both. That being said, I can't see why you are buying a 350W ps to power fans, if your system is getting that hot and you need that many fans you should be having issues powering your graphics card, not a problem powering fans.

    Do you have more details on what exactly you are trying to do and what fans you are buying/bought?
  5. I know but my problem is that I have no 4 pin connectors on my PSU as far as I can see. Are there any other components that use a 4 pin connector so that I could just use a splitter?

    I have a Compaq SG3 250uk
    AMD Athlon II X2 220 Processor (2.8 GHz)
    4GB DDR3 RAM
    And I think I have an ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics Card.

    I am trying to slowly upgrade the computer which is why I thought a better PSU with more wattage would be a good idea.
  6. Antec earthwatt 500 very cheap or like you want corsair/seasonic/xfxgocz
  7. andypearce said:
    I know but my problem is that I have no 4 pin connectors on my PSU as far as I can see. Are there any other components that use a 4 pin connector so that I could just use a splitter?

    I have a Compaq SG3 250uk
    AMD Athlon II X2 220 Processor (2.8 GHz)
    4GB DDR3 RAM
    And I think I have an ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics Card.

    I am trying to slowly upgrade the computer which is why I thought a better PSU with more wattage would be a good idea.



    Hard drives, floppy drive (different smaller 4 pin connector though), etc... you can split from. I would not buy another PSU until you know for sure what other component you are going to buy. 350 watts may be adequate, or may be completely underpowered. Your next graphics card could need two 6 pin, 1 eight pin, who knows. You may need a 450watt power supply or a 600 watt one. I would recommend saving your money until you can purchase another component that will make sense to match your PS.

    If this is your motherboard: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02556928&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=4325599

    well, don't bother spending any money. There is basically no decent upgrade path other than a new pc. Your expansion is limited to two pcie x1 slots, and the most powerful graphics card for that looks to be this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161354, a Radeon 5450.

    You need to START with a new motherboard that supports your processor, which probably won't work in the case you have, and then get a new power supply, then new graphics card, etc... You are pretty much at buying a new pc by then. I've found ONE motherboard that MAY fit, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131659

    Because your current mb uses SO-Dimms (laptop memory) it looks like.

    Save up for a new pc.....sorry to give you the bad news.
  8. Thats not a problem. Thank you for your help. In that case I think I'll save up some money and get a new motherboard and an Intel Core i3 Processor. I have been wanting one for awhile so I think that would be the best option for me. Thank you for your time.
  9. Sorry I have one last question. What would be a good Motherboard for me to buy for under $100?
  10. ASRock P67 PRO3 SE LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157249R

    MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130571R

    BIOSTAR TP67XE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138317R

    BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319R
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