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Case Fan Installation

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July 13, 2012 12:14:59 AM

This is my first build and I am trying to figure out the best way to plug in my case fan. Here are my parts:
Case:NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case only comes with one fan, the rest are optional. My motherboard has a 4-pin header, while the case fan has a 3-pin header. It also has a molex connector. I was wondering if I should plug this fan directly into the motherboard, and not the PSU, or just the PSU. Any suggestions?

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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
July 13, 2012 12:27:37 AM

I would personally plug the fan into the motherboard... Though I'm sure plugging it into the PSU would be the same thing, just my preference :) 
July 13, 2012 12:31:13 AM

Alright thanks. But then the molex connector is just hanging off the 3-pin plug. Is that okay?
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
July 13, 2012 12:42:04 AM

owags7 said:
Alright thanks. But then the molex connector is just hanging off the 3-pin plug. Is that okay?

yes thats fine. if you are really picky with it, find a way to tie up the molex connector to the wire as a whole with a zip tie or a rubber band or something.
July 13, 2012 12:55:16 AM

Will do. I also am plugging in the HDD and optical drive. My PSU has two different kinds of plugs that both say SATA on them. Does it matter which of these I use?
a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
July 13, 2012 1:09:00 AM

owags7 said:
Will do. I also am plugging in the HDD and optical drive. My PSU has two different kinds of plugs that both say SATA on them. Does it matter which of these I use?


your psu should have this plug



which connects to the drives. the drives are also connected to the motherboard with a different kind of sata cable through the sata ports
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