Alright, I've assembled the bulk of the system today. The case fans still need to be connected, and the wireless network adapter needs to be installed.
I have a few concerns about the build:
1. While installing the CPU, I became confused about the amount of pressure that was needed to lower the retaining arm into position in the socket. It seemed to me that I had to use a superfluous amount of force to secure it. On the board (P8P67 PRO,) the socket has a screw-type protrusion that keeps the hatch anchored, and so to put the hatch in place I needed to push down quite hard.
TL;DR- I'm worried I've damaged the pins on my CPU or on the socket itself. Is there some way to find out if I have? A diagnostic to run in windows that would tell me, for example?
2. One of the ATX power connectors on the board was 8-pin. In the mobo manual there was this picture: (sorry for the quality)
Apparently there are three different ways to connect power to this ATX port. Are they entirely the same, or is there an advantage to using one way over another? I was only able to find a power cable to fit the second illustration:
3. There are also two small adapters that came with my motherboard, which are supposed to be put front-panel ports like USB, and LEDs in before you put them in the mobo. There called "Q-connectors," and I gather they protect against static electricity somehow. Here's what the manual says to do:
Problem is, there are two front-panel USB connectors, and only one included Q-connector. Is it alright to only use it for one USB and leave the other unprotected? That's what I've done for now.
4. My video card (GTX 470) has two supplemental power slots. Am I supposed to connect both, or just one? I've done both for now.
5. My heatsink has two fans, and included is a cable that merges the cables from both three-pin power cables in to one 3-pin. But, my motherboard's CPU fan power connector is 4-pin. But the 3-pin merger seems to fit fine. Is this correct?
6. The heatsink and fans are very large, and it seems like it would be stressful on the motherboard to hold it up while the computer is upright. Is there any way to secure it to ease this, or will it be fine?
7. When we booted the system to see the POST, we got several LEDs on the motherboard indicating errors. After several restarts (and pressing the MEMOK button,) they seem to have been resolved, but one quirk remains. When I first power on the system, the CPU fans will start spinning, then stop. It "stalls" for a few seconds, then resumes spinning until it POSTS. Is this normal or indicative of a problem?
8. And finally, my mobo has a connector for "Power Fan." What is this? Am I supposed to connect the PSU to this somehow?
If anyone has info on any of this please let me know! This is my first build and so I'm quite concerned about all of this. Again, sorry about the image quality.Edited by Rokabud - 1/25/11 at 8:20pm