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#76
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I highly doubt a power Y will be able to reach both front and back.
If you don't have a free power connector you may have to get one of these HERE
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I do have a free connection coming from the PSU, both a 4 and 3-pinned one actually.

I plan to use the 4-pinned and buy a Y-splitter like you showed, and top that of with some extension until I reach the new fan in the back, and the one in the front. Would that be okay?
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Yep sounds like you have the right plan. :) :)
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Sweet! :)

Thanks for all your help so far... And I'm sorry if you felt you had to explain some of these things too many times... :)

Then I could get down to ordering some RAM, some fans, some cables... And soon it should be leaner and meaner than ever! :)
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Nah hey I enjoy when someone asks lots of questions. It is the only way to learn and I really don't mind explaing myself more then once. Sometimes I forget that I may be helping someone who doesn't understand it that well. I appreciate the chance to help you. :) :)
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I'm not sure if you've gone through with this yet, but here's some pictures you may find interesting in regards to changing the CPU heatsink/fan. This is when I upgraded my own machine (quite some time ago now), however obviously if you're keeping the original you'd just put it on again instead of the huge mutha I have!

http://s280.photobuc...mview=slideshow
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That's a beast you got there Troy! :)

For now I'll just stick with the heatsink I have - Maybe I'll take i off for cleaning but most likely I'll keep it on all together and clean it in position.

About the extra HDD drive I'll slot inside - will it need power? Or just a connection with the IDE ribbon?

If it needs power I'll use the "big" 4-pin Molex coming from the PSU and the 2 extra fans would need another supply - I got a "smaller" cable coming from the PSU as well(I don't know if it's a Molex cable as well - the holes for the pins are smaller - like the size of pins on the motherboard...??) - Could I use that - it got 4 pins - for the extra fans?

Edited by oviedo7, 21 January 2010 - 12:52 PM.

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IDE Cable
Power connection
Nope if you run out of molex connectors then you will need more Power Y's to connect everything up.
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I found a reference with the 2 kind of connectors here - http://bitzotech.com.....ith Names.jpg... Seems like the mini-Molex one is simply a floppy drive power connector... :)

I've found a pin connection on the motherboard called something like SYSFAN1, but there isn't much room for any connection because of a PCI card... So I'll stick with the "real" molex from the PSU.

Could I split it once with a Y-splitter giving: a) one for the extra HDD and b) one with another Y-splitter for the 2 fans?

Could the single Molex from the PSU manage an HDD and 2 fans?
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Yep floppy connector, won't work for fans.
Yes it should be able to handle it but if possible it would be better to use a different molex.
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I only got 1 free Molex. Else I'd need to split one the connectors in the current harddrive or one of the 2 cd drives?

Edited by oviedo7, 21 January 2010 - 03:23 PM.

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Yep put a power Y on one of the hard drives.That is a acceptable way of doing it.
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So to be totally clear... :)

I should split the free molex once and use this for 2 fans,

and, split the molex now in the HDD and use it for the 2 HDD's?
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Exactly...good job :) :)
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Haha great... Then I got it covered! :)
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