Solved Newbie builders needs help with cables please.

February 14, 2013 at 17:49:52
Specs: Windows 7

I'm ordering the parts for my first self build. I don't know what cables I must buy. I live out of the country and can't buy anything locally. I need to know exactly cables are needed to install the following in a new case:

* ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
* Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
* Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
* Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower Case
* Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
* Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
* Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/USB Port

Thanks for your help!

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February 14, 2013 at 18:09:32
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You will find that you will get all the cables you need with the equipment you buy. With the Motherboard you will get more cables than you will know what to do with.

It will all most certainly come with a couple of data cables for the disk drives and disk drives themselves may well come with cables. Power cables come with the power supply.

The case itself will come with all the cables you need to connect to the motherboard.

The internal card reader will have cables to connect it to the motherboard.

The only cable you may need to buy is a power cable suitable for the country you are in.

Have you ordered a 3.5" mounting tray for the SSD drive. 2.5" is for laptops and desktops don't normally have mountings for 2,5" drives.


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February 14, 2013 at 18:20:09

I don't agree. Many motherboards come with only 1 or 2 sata cables. If all the drives are "bare" and come with no cables, then ya could end up one or even 2 short. Insure 3 cables will arrive with everything purchased or buy extra to cover your butt.

Audares Juvo

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February 14, 2013 at 18:50:36

Agree. Order 3 SATA III cables to cover yourself.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 14, 2013 at 18:53:56

That helped guys, and I have a bit more info. Hunting thru specs on the items, it appears as the case has no cables, the motherboard has these:
Floppy/ATA 133 Cables
- 4 x SATA Data Cables
- 2 x SATA 1 to 1 Power Cables
- 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable
The power supply specs say:
ATX Connector1
EPS Connector1
PCI-E Connector1
4 Pin Peripheral Connector3
SATA Connector4
Floppy Connector2
(it says connectors, not cables, it that the same thing?)
Would that be enough cables to hook up 2 hard drives, an optical drive and a card reader?
And I ordered a 3.5 tray for the 2.5 SSD.
Obviously, I don't know what I'm doing but this is how to learn... thanks.

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February 14, 2013 at 19:45:43

Looks like more stuff than you need will come with the motherboard. You should be good to go.

Audares Juvo

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February 15, 2013 at 05:06:50

it appears as the case has no cables

It does, it is just that they are so standard they are not worth mwntioning. There will be cable form the front panel LED, power and power switch. Instructions as to where they go will be in the motherboard manual.

(it says connectors, not cables, it that the same thing?)

Yes. The connectors(plugs) are on the end of cables from the power supply. The connectors are so designed that you cannot plug the wrong one in the wrong place the wrong way round.


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February 15, 2013 at 05:51:02

Thanks for all help. I'm set. My parts are set to get to me in Honduras in 2 weeks. I may be back asking more questions then.

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