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So all of the parts for my first build got here today, except for the case (adverse weather conditions in Tennessee .) Thank you so much everyone who helped me pick out parts!

So the first thing I'm doing is reading the motherboard manual. It has a section for installation into the case. It doesn't mention standoffs. Does this mean they're not required? I've heard so much about how important it is to mount the mobo on standoffs, but there's just nothing about it in the manual. Is it safe to assume they aren't needed?

Also any tips and advice you can give a first time builder would be great. I got the static wristband and an anti-static sheet thing to put parts on. Anything else I need? (besides a screwdriver ofc.)
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I'd use standoffs. Some will most likely come with the case ( or maybe the mobo I can't remember). And you'll need some thermal paste. Only advice I can give is take your time and double check all your connections. O and don't put the side panel on until you boot up the 1st time. Failure to leave the side panel off til after 1st boot guarantees you will need to remove it and hook something you forgot up.
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Hmm, I hope they come with the case then, just double-checked the mobo box, not in there =/
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Plastic spacers usually never come with motherboards. They are always usually supplied with the computer case. I've never had them come with any motherboards I've bought in the past. It always came with the cases.
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Thank you. Also, I'm reading some threads about the motherboard I have (P8P67 PRO) having memory compatibility/booting issues. My memory is not on the Qualified Vendors List in my motherboard's manual. Will the memory not work if it is not on the QVL? Or are the models on the QVL only suggestions?
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I just checked the motherboard's memory compatibility list on the ASUS website, and my memory is listed there. Which is accurate, the website document or the manual?
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post #7 of 32
When your building it, Don't rush or force any parts in unless the manual says so. Good luck and have fun!
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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
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post #10 of 32
Unfortunately I couldn't give you a 100% answer on any of it but the following two:

1.) You are correct in connecting both power connectors into the GTX 470. Modern graphics cards need these to ensure they are stable as they demand more power from the system.

2.) The Heatsink and fans are fine like they are, this is why most of the larger heatsinks have backplates on the back of the motherboard, to ensure the pressure is evenly applied. As a side note I noticed your heatsink is mounted up/down. I know there is a space to mount an exhaust fan on the top but seeing as there is one on the back of the case, consider remounting your heat sink so it is mounted horizontal and blowing air to the back of the case. You'll get better overall airflow.


Questions I'm not 100% about but pretty sure. 80-90% maybe? lol

-The 3pin CPU fan connector cable being plugged into the 4pin on the mobo. This should be okay. The 4th pin is (i believe) a (extra) data cable for optimal fan speed control. Once you have the OS installed take note of any settings in the BIOS related to CPU fan speed control. If there are none consider downloading the speedfan program or maybe something your motherboard manufacturer recommends on their website? idk. When the system starts up, during post your CPU fans will probably spin at full speed. They should slow down once windows finishes startup and sits idle. Regardless, there's no harm in how it is plugged in at the moment. Fans should spin and keep the CPU cool, which is good.


-The 8pin power connector on the mobo, that is most likely the extra CPU power connector. Since it says -or- on any of those three illustrations, you should be okay. If your PSU has an 8pin connector though, you should use it here. I could be wrong but the extra 4 pins could mean more juice for OC'ing further down the road. I doubt you would notice this difference unless pushing for anything beyond 4.2?~ghz


I don't have a clue about the rest, and you can ignore the Q-connector front panel thing. Just plug it all in to the proper slots on the mobo so your front panel adaptors all work like they should. You'll prob get more responses in the morning since right now stateside it's between 2am and 11 depending on where in the country. =D

Congrats on first build, it looks beautiful. :3 More screenshots that aren't blurry!! For cheerz, screenshot of my heatsink/fan setup so you see what I mean about the airflow!

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