Solved ATX power connector in middle on asrock wolfdale motherboard

April 23, 2014 at 19:03:58
Specs: linux mint/win7/xp, celeron e-1200
Building a basic pc for general use . its got a fairly old motherboard (asrock wolfdale1333-d667) but atx power connector is placed rather badly as its a little below cpu hsink/cooler and not near any edges. So trying to work out whats best way to cable /manage 24 pin connection from psu . Got a Fractal Design R4 case coming for it. So only 2 options i see is put cable thorugh back and then out to right hand lowest grommet which will mean going by memory slots and beside pci-x graphics card or feeding thorugh back to top left hand of case and running alongside by cpu/hsink/cooler. Can anybody suggest the best option.

1. run cable by memory / graphics card or
2. run down by cpu / cooler

Myself im not too keen running cable by cpu/cooler (intel stock fan/hsink / lga775 socket)

let me know what you think

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April 24, 2014 at 01:04:47
What is the problem?

The cable itself doesn't generate heat and the heat generated by the CPU/Memopry/Graphics card is isn't going to effect the cable.

All you need ensure is that the cable doesn't foul any fans.


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April 24, 2014 at 02:41:59
I don't quite get what the problem is either. Is the cable too short to route it the way you want? If so I think you can get an extension.

If it is long enough but you're worried about its proximity to a heat sink or other hardware you can use cable/zip ties to move it away from them.

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April 24, 2014 at 06:11:28
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Here's the board:

The 24-pin ATX socket isn't anywhere near the CPU socket, nor the memory slots. It is just above the PCI-e slot put I don't see why that would be a much of a problem. What type of case are you getting - top or bottom mounted power supply? Top mount is preferred due to better cooling characteristics, but regardless, I don't see any reason to be overly concerned about cable management with either type. As stated above, just tie the cables out of the way.

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April 24, 2014 at 09:06:02
Thanks all. Apologies if not making myself clear.

I was just concerned that i was going to go over the top or block bits. As most modern mboards have atx on edge of board so connector is all thats there and not cable going across the board. To answer the psu question . Its bottom mounted xfx 550w pro. All the cable will be tidyed and cable tied at back of board just leaving sufficient amount to get to power connections. So your saying it doesnt matter if i go from the side or top of case as long as its tidy.

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April 24, 2014 at 10:09:23
If the case is tall you might have an issue with the 24 pin leads being long enough. I agree with riider on top mounted PSU cases being preferable to bottom mounted.

I am old school and am convinced top mount to superior. That said, the case you chose looks fairly decent in the cooling department.

There is a review linked below.

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