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bunch of wires coming out means non modular so you have a lot of extra cables that you won't need to use so just hide those somewhere in your case
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psucon...onnectors.html


Motherboard power:
24 pin, plug this in right hand side of motherboard
8 pin, plug this in top left hand side of motherboard

graphics card:
6 pin (either one or two) goes into the graphics card

Hard drive: use a sata cable to connect the hard drive to the motherboard and a sata power from the psu

fans are either connected to power supply using molex or to the motherboard via a 3 pin fan header

front panel connections connect to the bottom right of the motherboard but check the manual for which one goes where (reminds me, don't you have manuals? lol)

modular vs non modular psu guide

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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
That's it? Just 2 cables? I thought I would end up using every single one of them.

What about the SATA cables on my PSU?
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Originally Posted by jfizz84 View Post
DON'T DO THAT. If you stick a 1394 header into USB header you can damage your mobo. And they are identical most of the time. But they are 9 times out of ten labeled. Just check the manual. Explains everything.
That particular post was only talking about the power supply cables to the mobo. I thought that was obvious.
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post #23 of 32
by the way do NOT plug a 6+2 pin into the motherboard!
6+2 is pci-e power for the graphics card
4+4 is eps motherboard power for the CPU
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post #24 of 32
Ok, so what are you trying to achieve and what have you done? Are your parts completely apart or are you just concerned about the front panel connectors (the ones that come from the case into your motherboard)
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post #25 of 32
Do it one part at a time.

The following is how I do it, but some stuff may be better done in a different order depending on your case and preferences.

1. Start with the case...
A) Attach all cooling fans where they will go.
B) Put the PSU in the case.
C) Put in the hard drive(s) and optical drive(s), if any.

2. With the motherboard (and CPU, CPU cooling, and RAM)...
A) Assemble the CPU into the motherboard and attach the heatsink/fan to it.
B) Put the RAM in.

Now, you have everything into your motherboard besides the expansion cards.

Take the motherboard and put it in the case.

Everything should be in now except the expansion cards. Now all you need to do is get the connections set up (it's easier without the expansion cards in which is why that's last).

3. Connect all of the wires...
A) I start with the front panel (power, reset, power LED, HDD LED, etc.) first.
B) For the PSU itself, start by connecting the PSU to the components. Connect the 20/20+4/24 pin connector into the spot for it (usually the the right of the RAM slots), and the 4 pin and/or 8 pin connector where it goes (usually to the left/upper left of the CPU socket).
C) Connect any power connectors to the hard disks/optical disks.
D) Connect any case fans to either the PSU or motherboard (some do this before the motherboard in).
E) Now that the PSU it setup to power everything, connect the hard drives and optical drives to the motherboard with the data (usually SATA) cables.

4) Now, add in your expansion card(s), if any...
A) Add in your video card(s), sound card, and anything else. If applicable, connect any power connectors to them (like the 6-pin and/or 8 pin power connectors to the video card).

That's the gist of it. I feel like I'm forgetting something, but I'll let others correct me if I have.

There's also this for reference.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psucon...onnectors.html

Of course, some stuff can be done in different orders, and there's other things you might do differently for preference, but to keep it simple for a first time builder with no exotic hardware (water cooling, etc.), I'd stick to something simple like that.
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Originally Posted by wtRiViaL View Post
by the way do NOT plug a 6+2 pin into the motherboard!
6+2 is pci-e power for the graphics card
4+4 is eps motherboard power for the CPU
A 6+2 pin will not physically plug into either an EPS12V or 8-pin +12V rail CPU connector (unless you really force it maybe).
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/1/11 at 10:46pm
post #26 of 32
I agree look at your manuals! Just take it one cable at a time. front panel,disk drives,hard drives, fans, run power to everything and you should be golden!
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post #27 of 32
I used the book that came with my mobo.Worked out well.
    
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post #28 of 32
It really is very easy. Think of it this way... Tons of people can build their own computers, and many of them aren't very smart. Just the fact that you can write coherently means that you are able to build your own computer (assuming you aren't otherwise physically/visually handicapped). So you possess the required intellect and physical skills, it's just knowledge, and that knowledge is very easy to acquire.


An easy way to learn is just to see a computer being built and assisting in minor ways. Try to find someone that has built computers before and get them to remove everything from your computer and put it back together in front of you.


If you can't do that, then look at Youtube tutorials. It might be a bit more difficult for you because (if I remember your last thread correctly) you're switching hardware from one case to another, so I assume you don't have all the manuals for the equipment inside your case.
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post #29 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tw34k View Post
That particular post was only talking about the power supply cables to the mobo. I thought that was obvious.

"It will have two connectors that go to the mobo, A 24pin and a 4/8 pin near the cpu.
for everything else just find the appropriate looking cable end and hide the rest."

Sorry. I thought it sounded like you mentioned the PSU cables then said FOR EVERYTHING ELSE.....my bad...but he gets the hint.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Princess Garnet View Post
A 6+2 pin will not physically plug into either an EPS12V or 8-pin +12V rail CPU connector (unless you really force it maybe).
haha i've never tried but i would assume that you can't because of the little notches in the plug. building a computer is really easy; don't overthink it too much and do your research first
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