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post #11 of 18
im thinking of buying this case, with Tt Toughpower 700w powersupply.

do you guys think this powersupply is long enough to reach everywhere needed?
post #12 of 18
hmm, i would have thought the 3 paragraphs i already wrote in this thread would answer your question. are you going to mod the case like i did mine to hide the cables? if so, it all depends on your motherboard, but you can bet the farm that your 4-pin or 8-pin CPU power cable will not be long enough. the 24-pin ATX cable may or may not depending on the layout of your new mobo. you can buy extensions for these cables if needed.

if you are not going to mod the case and just do a traditional wiring job, all the cables will reach without any extensions at all. it just might look a bit messier than some of us like. cable management does not come easy with this case. everything else about it is a 10/10
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post #13 of 18
that answered my question, thanks.

what long lasting, high power output power supply would you suggest? that would reach 90% of the motherboard CPU and ATX connectors?
post #14 of 18
bump a new question:

i can't seem to find any 8-pin ATX cable extender....... if i buy 2x 4-pin ATX cable extender, will i be able to extend the 8-pin cable?

i've read on other websites that 4-pins can be used to plug into 8-pins, so, reversing the logic, can 2x 4-pins used to extend the 8-pin connector?
post #15 of 18
i believe i gave a link to an 8-pin extension on the first page of this thread. work with me here .

but for your new question, 4-pin cables will power 8-pin motherboards as long as you don't have a quad core. and 2x4 pin extensions will work the same as an 8-pin.

EDIT: i just saw that you're in England. you obviously can't buy from Newegg, but hopefully the part numbers will help you find one over there. the only thing i know about buying computer parts in England is that Elizabeth Hurley was hot in the 90s
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im thinking of buying this case, with Tt Toughpower 700w powersupply.

do you guys think this powersupply is long enough to reach everywhere needed?
Yes I have tried that one in an Antec 900 and it fits and reaches fine.

If you are using a modular with a fan like the TT then you need to look into cutting a vent hole (1400mm)in the bottom of the case under the PSU so you can flip it over and make the cables reach further.

I have built about 7 of these 900 rigs and not once have I needed an extension for any Mobo power cables.

As Bungle suggest cut holes in the mobo tray so you can more easil route the cabling and keep it tidy.

The only cables i have extended are the front panel control cabling which is about 1/2" too short to connect to the pin out on themobo if you route it from behind and out a hole beside the pin out.

Those cables are easy to extend with some HS and some light gauge wire...just snip one at a time and strip/slipHS/twist/ shrink and you will have it done in a few minutes..
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post #17 of 18
everyone knows CD is the man when it comes to building 900's. i've only built 3 of them, so i have to admit that he's the most experienced with 900s out of all of us. him and i do disagree on a couple points though. maybe you can read both of our opinions and decide which one you like more.

as far as flipping the PSU right side up and cutting a hole on the bottom of the case - i think what he does is very clever and it's a great way of solving the cable length problem. however, i like the fact that my PSU fan actually pulls air through my case, thus increasing the total CFM going through it. i think it also helps pull some of the fresh air downward, which helps keep the video card(s) cool. i also have almost perfectly neutral pressure in my case, with as many CFM blowing in as i have blowing out. also, my PSU is less likely to collect dust in it because the fan isn't pointing down. i don't think very many of us set our computers on carpet, but some people do. i don't have to make the feet taller on the case to do it my way either. last but not least, i think buying a $3 extension cable is a lot easier than cutting a giant hole in the bottom of my case and putting taller feet on it. check the pics in my sig and the pics in his work logs if you have trouble picturing what i'm talking about.


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just snip one at a time and strip/slipHS/twist/ shrink and you will have it done in a few minutes..
his way of splicing the wire is less cluttery than my method, but i am a professional electrician by day - it's the one thing i do well in this world. twisting your wires together and using heatshrink to hold them isn't the best way to do it. i use low voltage telecomm butt splice connectors (found at Lowe's) to do all my splices. simply twisting the wires together, they can come a little loose over time. if your splices aren't making perfect contact, you will create resistance in the line. resistance with electricity equals heat. you can end up burning out your wires over time if you're unlucky. again, i'm sure his way works fine, but it's better to use wire connectors. my way is also quicker and easier.
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post #18 of 18
being a first time builder, i'd rather not hurt my shiny new case.

but thanks for answering, so 2x 4pin can be used to extend 8pins. (im planning to get q6600, so need 8pin)
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