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Connecting cables... totally lost


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Raysmond

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Hey guys,
So I have all the hardware things put in my case , everything is on the motherboard, it is all good to go... except for the cables. I have no idea what to put where, it is sooo confusing. do I even need to use all my cables that are there? my manuals are of little help. it is telling me to use cables that came with my optical and harddrive, except those came with no cables...

my videocard has a 12 pin slot kinda thing, and my powersupply cables have 2 6 pin ones labeled pci-e1 and pci-e2. do I need to plug both in or just 1? same goes for my main power thing. motherboard is 24 slots, but I got a 20 slot and a 4 slot from my power supply. also got a cable that the connectors are labeled cpu - 1 and cpu - 2. they are 4 slot connectors each.

I also got like 4 or 5 cables that look similar. pretty sure they are this "4 pin molex connector" in the pic here. There are quite a few of these cables, each with 2 or 3 of these 4 pin molex things, and at the end they have a little 4 slot connector kinda thing that say P7 or P11 or something like that on them.
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idk where to plug in all those cables for my fans on my case too. they look like double sided connectors, with 4 holes in the front to plug into something, and 4 pins in the back to have something connect into them. They are like the "4 pin molex connectors" like above, but have the 4 pins in the back as well.

also I got my cases h.d.d led , and all these other mini cables... I am totally messed up. All I know is that my cpu fan is right, and MAYBE my sata ones. I have the orange cable going from the sata in my optical/hard drives into the orange things on the side of the motherboard, then the power supply sata cables going into those too. I dunno if I even need more for those things.

Here are some pics I got of my cables I took.. half are what I thought would work when I plugged em in.
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also here is my final build:

motherboard... gigabyte ga-ma790x ud4p
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128387
videocard... saphire 100259L radeon hd 4870 512 mb
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102810
power supply... ocz stealthxstream ocz700sxs 700W
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341019
memory... corsair dominator 4g 2x2gb 240 pin ddr2
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145214
processor... amd phenom II x4 940 deneb 3.0
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103471
hdd... seagate barracuda
operating system... vista ultimate 64 bit
(these 2 came in a bundle pack)
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.198254
samsung black 22x
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151173
case:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129021
monitor:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824009145
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Hey I see you got your parts... Congrats...

Ok Here we go:





my videocard has a 12 pin slot kinda thing, and my powersupply cables have 2 6 pin ones labeled pci-e1 and pci-e2. do I need to plug both in or just 1?


Yes you need to plug in both 6 pin connectors to the video card


same goes for my main power thing. motherboard is 24 slots, but I got a 20 slot and a 4 slot from my power supply.


The plug is designed that way because on some computers they only use 20 pins and some use 24 pins, Plug both the 20 and the 4 pin in to the 24pin connection

also got a cable that the connectors are labeled cpu - 1 and cpu - 2. they are 4 slot connectors each.

Take CPU 1 and 2 line them up together and plug them in to the 8 pin connection in the upper left of the mobo.


I also got like 4 or 5 cables that look similar. pretty sure they are this "4 pin molex connector" in the pic here. There are quite a few of these cables, each with 2 or 3 of these 4 pin molex things, and at the end they have a little 4 slot connector kinda thing that say P7 or P11 or something like that on them.

The 4 pin molex connectors are only used if there are devices that require them...

You will have extra wires and connectors that you will not use at the end of the build.

The Blade style power connector from the PSU is a SATA power connector... You will need to plug one in to the Optical drive (they only plug in one direction) I was unable to see you HDD if it has a SATA data cable then it will also need a SATA power connector... But it it has an IDE interface(a flat 2 inch wide cable) then it will require a Molex connector.
idk where to plug in all those cables for my fans on my case too. they look like double sided connectors, with 4 holes in the front to plug into something, and 4 pins in the back to have something connect into them. They are like the "4 pin molex connectors" like above, but have the 4 pins in the back as well.

As for the wires that plug into the front panel Click here save this document. Go to pages 28 and 29 then zoom in on the PDF to see with better detail...

Save this PDF document once you download it. It is the manual for your MOBO... It is much easier to read than your book since you can zoom each page...

For your fan connections they will usually hook into your PSU molex connectors... most fans will come with a male and female connection so that you can power another fan "piggybacked"

If they are very small connectors like the one from you cpu fan then it will have to be hooked up to the MOBO on the SYS fan ports...

I hope this helped you out...

If you have any further questions I will help you further, but you should be able to get it...

Good luck

Cbarnard

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Digerati

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For your fan connections they will usually hook into your PSU molex connectors...

Sorry, but that is not typically the best solution, nor is it correct for this specific motherboard. As shown on page 25 of the GA-MA790x-ud4p Motherboard Manual, this Gigabyte board has "headers" for and supports the CPU fan, SYS_FAN1, and SYS_FAN2. It also supports a special 3-pin PWR_FAN, I'll discuss later.

When supported by the motherboard, as Gigabyte does here, case and system fans should be connected directly to motherboard fan headers using the appropriate smaller 2, 3, or 4 pin connections. These connections are for cooling management and should be used when available so motherboard/PC Health and temperature monitoring programs can "sense", and often control, fan rotation speeds. ONLY when these headers are used can programs like Speedfan, Motherboard Monitor, CoreTemp, or Gigabyte Easy Tune (which is on your utilities disk) monitor your fan speeds. And ONLY when those connections are used can you see fan speeds (and set BIOS warning alerts in CMOS) when in the BIOS Setup Menu.

Connecting directly to the PSU using the standard large 4-pin molex connectors will cause the fan will spin full speed, full time. This does not hurt anything, and does provide maximum CFM. But maximum CFM means maximum noise levels, and with a half dozen or more fans in a typical PC, that can become unacceptable - especially in an office (with multiple PCs) or home theater setups where silent movies passages should not be drowned out by the drone of fan noise.

Heat is the bane of all electronics so heat management MUST trump quiet operation - but that does not mean you cannot reach a happy medium with low noise, and excellent heat control. You start with a good case that supports large fans - and the Antec 900 is an excellent choice (I use Antecs a lot! :)). Large fans move massive amounts of air, but at a lower RPM, resulting in lower noise levels. My only complaint with the 900 is it does not have removable, washable air filters - so make sure you inspect for heat trapping dust at least monthly, and clean when necessary. If not too late, consider the Nine Hundred Two, which does have filters. Remember, a good case will support you through years of upgrades - buy for the future when your back is tired of lugging that big box outside to clean. The filters work - I will never buy another case without them. I still have to lug the wife's Antec Sonata outside to blast out once or twice a year, but I have to take my unfiltered case outside at least twice as often.

The PWR_FAN connections found on motherboards are for monitoring only the speed of the PSU's fan. PSU fan speed control is not available via motherboard monitoring programs. If the PSU fan speed is adjustable, it is done internally by the PSU's own monitoring circuits, or manually by the user adjusting a speed controller on the back of the PSU.

Although many PSUs have special cables to support additional case fans. It appears this particular OCZ does not.
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